The first anniversary of my blog is fast approaching, and I thought I would pass along a few of the things I have learned.

I started this blog to promote my novel, In The Sticks, that had just been published. When I first started blogging I wrote about everything and nothing. I posted old Christmas letters, did a diary of my Alaska trip and even let my granddaughter take a shot at posting on my blog. I finally decided the blog needed to be about something. I started posting about writing. After awhile I realized that the people I wanted to reach weren’t just writers. I have nothing against writers, and love it when they comment on my blog, but I wanted this blog to be for everybody. I still write about writing, but not as much as I did when I started, and when I do, I try to make it interesting and funny so that even someone who has never written in their life might get a smile. I write about silly things sometimes, and I try to post once a week so people don’t forget about my blog between postings. Since I started posting regularly and humorously my non-writer followers have more than doubled.

When I do post, I try to put notifications up everywhere I possibly can: Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, writer’s groups, etc. I have done some experimenting with this. The more places where I put up notifications, the more hits I get on my blog–duh. If someone comments on Facebook or a writer’s group about my blog, the hits go up tremendously. It’s like word-of-mouth. It is advertising: the more people who know about the product, the more people there are who will check it out—again, duh.

I visit every blog I come across, whether it is on Facebook, one of the writer’s groups or if someone visits my blog that has a blog of their own. If I can think of a comment, I will leave one. I believe if first-time visitors see a lot of comments, they figure there must be something to the blog and they might come back. I like to help out other bloggers whenever I can. By the way, I have come across a few writers’ blogs that will not publish your comment if you in any way indicate that you are a writer, and I don’t mean trying to hawk your book on their blog—I would never do that–but just commenting that you write. I guess everyone has their own marketing strategy. Mine is to get as many comments as I can from everyone. The only comments I have ever refused to publish are ones that are SPAM. I would refuse comments that are too obscene, used racial slurs or spoke derogatively of anyone but me. (I can take it. I have been a cop for over twenty-five years. You’re not going to call me anything I haven’t been called before.) As far as criticizing my writing, who knows? I might agree with you about that, too. As I have said before, I am a long ways from perfection. In fact, I’m not even in the same city as perfection—I believe it’s in Cleveland.

Now the big question: Does my blog help sales? I don’t know. I put a link to my book’s website on every post. Every time the hits spike on my website, my Barnes and Noble and/or Amazon seller’s rank goes up, so I know the book is being checked out before it is purchased. How many of those come from my blog, I couldn’t begin to tell you.

Sometimes blogging can be a hassle.  It’s not always easy coming up with new ideas to write about, but once a week I like getting away from the characters in the novel I am working on.  My mind needs to just get goofy now and then.

So a big thanks to all of you who have visited this blog on a regular basis.  And thank you to everyone who is here for the first time, and thank you to everyone who visits occasionally.  I hope to see you all again.  Don’t take anything too seriously when you come here, and we’ll try to have some fun in the second year.


The Writing Deputy




About thewritingdeputy

Joel Jurrens was a deputy sheriff for 26 years until he retired in 2013. He has published three novels: In The Sticks, Graves of His Personal Liking and County Ops: The Vengeance of Gable Fitzgerald. He tries to keep his blog light and humorous and sometimes downright silly.
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  1. I enjoyed the post and I always enjoy your blog, because through the whole difficult publication process you have kept your sense of humor.

  2. Gerri Bowen says:

    An amen to all you said, T.W.D. And I also believe humor does help.

  3. Mary Ricksen says:

    I’m for laughter anytime,anyhow, anyway!
    The thing I have done the most since I started and which I think has helped sales. Is that I
    blog and comment and it gets your name out there. How true!

  4. Thanks for the great blog on blogging. I’m also new to blogging, but I found that if I invite other authors as guests on my blog, my hits go way up, even if they’re only “hawking” their own novels.

  5. cawinn says:

    I enjoyed your post but I think I might have an answer to the comments on blogs disappearing. I get an email copy of the comment everytime anyone comments, any comment that has a website embedded in it is automatically blocked and not posted by Blogger as SPAM. I found that out after going to the blog to remove a definite spammer only to find out it was never posted.After it happened a few times, I no longer had to rush over and check to see if it was there. I allow Anonymous comments and they are not blocked, but if they put in a link to their website, they aren’t posted.

  6. I posted the above comment. I don’t have a blog with WordPress so if you’d like to come visit, I’ll sign in with google.

  7. I hear you about the hassle of coming up with ideas. That’s why I’m lucky to post my What If? Blog once a month. Thanks for following, BTW. Pretty soon I’ll be in double digits!
    Not all of us can be clever and funny, well, humerous, well, smile inducing. Wouldn’t want you to get a swelled head.

  8. I think your blog helps sales. I know I will be purchasing all of them. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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