Sunday, May 01, 2016

To Blog or Not To Blog: A New Adventure!

During the month of April I participated in the #AtoZchallenge for bloggers in which each blogger picked a theme and then blogged every day except Sundays following the alphabet. I have done this before but this year I had a lot more fun, met some great new bloggers and writers, and got a lot of new visitors to my blog. 

I started blogging back in 2005—I don't even remember what I planned to blog about back then. Since then I've written over 2,000 blog posts, have had 750,000 visitors, and have enjoyed it for the most part. Over the past year I cut back my blogging to once a week but this past month has convinced me I need to blog more so I've come up with a plan. Let's see if this is workable.

On Sundays I will write my usual blog post for #SundayBlogShare. This will be about writing, book marketing, or any of the strange and unusual things and places I am always thinking about. In other words, pretty much what I've always done.

Tuesdays will now be #AuthorLove or #ArtistLove days. I will invite author and artist friends to share excerpts from their books or examples of their art, complete with links, pictures and anything else they want to share.

Thursdays are going to be #DomesticGoddess posts. My computer is FULL of recipes, knitting patterns, sewing ideas, etc. All stuff that I collect because I love it. So on Thursdays I'll be sharing my collection and hope people will enjoy them.

Saturdays will be #ImaginaryFriends day. This was my theme for the A to Z Challenge and I got such good feedback that I want to continue sharing snippets from my imaginary friends. Since the Marienstadt books alone have over 100 characters, I think I can do this for a long time.

I think I can schedule a weeks worth of posts in a few hours so it should not be too time consuming. I'm kind of excited about this because I have several new knitting projects to share, lots and lots of recipes, no shortage of author and artist friends, and plenty of interests. This week Skye Alexander is sharing an excerpt from her best-selling book, Mermaids: The Myths, Legends, and Lore. I have a delicious recipe for coconut pie. You'll get to meet Marienstadt's mayor, Gibby Stauffer. And next Sunday I want to tell you about my recent discoveries in family history, thanks to Ancestry.com.

So, as always, thanks for reading and for taking part in this adventure called life!!!

9 comments:

  1. I am so glad to have met you, Kathleen. I started my own blog in 2010, and I have had 703,000 visitors in that time. I used to blog every day, thinking I would get return visits from my friends knowing new content would be on my blog daily.

    I've stopped doing weekends of late as so few visited then. But, like you, I think I will do at least one of the weekend days, too.

    I will visit you whenever I see a new blog post. Have a great Sunday. It is raining terribly here, and I barely made it back home on my last blood run! Ouch. :-)

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  2. I stick to a schedule, too. And I try to get my writing done on Sunday so the blog is ready for the week. It's doable, if you want to do that sort of thing. (Once a week works, too, if that's what you like.)

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  3. You are very, very organized! I try to be that way, but there's always someone saying, "Hey, I have a book coming out Monday, can you help me promote it? You can ONLY do it Monday" and that just throws my whole plan off. So I'm just "blog about whatever I want whenever I want!" and it goes totally against my Virgo tendencies.

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  4. I love your excitement and energy. I just want to step away and do non-computer things for awhile, then come back ready and hopefully with some interesting blog posts. I'm trying to finish a few books, so I'll probably only do the Monday post with a few Wednesday posts. The WEP starts up again in June, you should consider joining us. It's a flash fiction writing challenge, if you're interested there's info on my blog (a menu item for it). We'd love you have you take part.
    I like your varied subjects. Happy May!

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  5. Thanks for the lovely comments. I'm going to try and keep my blog updated but we shall see how that works! It takes a lot of dedication and also memory. As I get older I keep noticing that I am more absent-minded all the time.

    I've got another novel in the works so that takes a lot of my time but I'm trying to stay connected to some of you very interesting blogger.

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  6. I cut my blogging back to one day a week. I find that I can actually get some fictional writing done by not blogging several times a week. Good to have a schedule, any schedule that you can maintain.

    Congrats on finishing the #atozChallenge and with energy remaining.

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  7. That is an ambitious plan. I hope it works well for you.

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  8. Hi,

    It good to hear you will start back to blogging. I really think it is a great idea, but you have bitten off a great chunk. I personally have reduced my blogging down to a schedule that way less than what you plan to do. My first priority will always be writing my manuscripts.

    I will definitely be looking forward to reading your snippets. They were absolutely great. Just don't bite off more than you can chew. You need a day or two to take it slowly and not think about a blogging deadline.

    Shalom,
    Patricia

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  9. Thanks so much. Right now I have my blog scheduled up through 2 weeks so I hope I can keep up the momentum!!!

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