This week, I’m celebrating a whole year of Writing in the House of Dreams.
I asked fuelyourblogging – a really useful site for bloggers – for an end-of-year assessment, and they said
Your blog is a great example of balancing both a personal focus and a focus on others with similar experiences. As a writer, I see a lot of value and insight on your blog that I can use on my own path, so I’m engaged right off the bat.
The personal stories add that unique perspective people look for, as mentioned above.
Keep up the great work!
Woo hoo! *happy dance*
‘Writing in the House of Dreams’ has a hundred fantastic followers, including some who bring in lots of casual visitors through tweeting about my posts and sharing on facebook (special big huge thank-you – you know who you are!)
But writing a blog is undeniably very time-consuming, and for an author that’s time doing your normal work, but without getting paid. So why would an author want to write a blog?
The short answer is, because it’s a whole new adventure in writing. It might take time away from your work-in-progress, but it doesn’t take away any writing-time.
The time I spend writing my blog makes the writer-in-me feel happy because
- It have total creative freedom – there’s no pressure to try and make what I write here attractive to a mass market
- I get instant feedback from readers – this has given me many insights, especially through people sharing their personal stories
- It brings me the generous gift of guest posts from some fabulous interesting people
- Its reach is global – I have readers from every continent, some of them reading my blog in translation
- It engages me in the blogosphere as a reader – I’ve discovered some great new writers and had lots of interactions on other people’s blogs
- It makes me engage more fully with networks such as twitter, linkedin and facebook – which I enjoy
I’m going to tweet and fb one of my fave posts each day this week, as part of my blog birthday celebrations.
So gather round, dear friends, grab a glass and help yourselves to a slice of virtual cake… and thank you for coming to the party 🙂