This post is actually sparked by a comment. Surprise huh? As many of you know most of my posts are sparked by interaction from you or reading your blogs. That is what is so fun about blogging to me. It is a never-ending connection of… connection and ideas. I don’t understand how ANYONE could have “writer’s block” in a place like WordPress. People are talking about serious, sad, fun, happy, stupid, and lame stuff all the time!
My WordPress hint of the day: Tags are how you find what people are writing about. Follow the main tags. But even more important than that, find the “active tags” like the ones that are being used because of a special subject… or day. Currently the topic “Valentine’s Day,” which can be reached by going to either the reader or the freshly pressed tab and typing in the tag name in the search bar, is trending every second. That is my hint of the day for people looking for new “connections and networks.”
I write for fun. A few writers have commented that their blogs became stagnant because they allowed their writing to be funneled into what they thought their audience wanted. As I wrote previously, I write for myself, but I blog for an audience. Blogging isn’t writing to me, it is the social networking aspect of this website that I thrive on and that keeps me striving for my next goal mark. My writing is totally separate. I honestly give myself about a 6.5 out of 10 on a writing scale, purely based on style. I have horrible grammar, do not follow the rules of poetry, and can’t even spell composition so I use spell check immediately after four letters. Ok, I am exaggerating a little here, but you get the point right? It doesn’t take the best or the most brilliant writing to write for an audience.
There are different levels of readers, much like there are different levels of intelligence. While one reader might be horrified to see two instances where an author has misused “your” and “you’re” another reader may could care less. Reader B still has money and will buy an eBook made by mediocre Larry over there that does his own editing. Larry in turn will be inspired to keep writing and hopefully be pushed to better his writing in general. I am not advocating bad authorship and pushing horrible eBooks out into the public. That isn’t what any of my articles have been about actually, even though they seem to have been misread by many. Back to the different levels of reading if you ask me.
I am merely pointing out that anyone can be successful in this game. You simply have to know how to play it, do it, and then use the “small successes” to motivate you to keep pushing forward. I actually do sympathize with those that want to be authors or are struggling writers because I see myself as one. We are all grinding it out like in Rounders, we just have different methods of going about it. If what you are doing with your writing and blogging works for you, great and I wish you the best. But if you are truly interested in bettering your blogging and working on promoting yourself then I may continue to push some of these posts. I never really thought it would be a topic I would have much of a say on, considering I am horrified by public speaking and uncomfortable in large settings. But I know how to network, I always have. Let me know whether you find these articles helpful and I will continue them and get more specific on different topics. Otherwise I will go back to writing poems about unicorns.