Thursday, 2 January 2014
THANK-YOU FOR FOLLOWING MY BLOG
I began blogging in the summer of 2008 on a site called Ning. Those first posts weren't the most brilliant of prose but I did my best. Thanks to clip art and images that I scrounged from old CD-ROMs, I was able to dress up my posts and make them attractive to casual visitors.
A year later, Ning Networks decided to charge for hosting blogs. Since Wordpress and Blogspot offered, and still offer, free blog hosting, I set up accounts with each. My reason for having two blogs was so that I could decide which worked better for me. Since Blogspot was easier to use at the time, I discontinued posting to Wordpress for two years.
In 2012, I stepped up my efforts to promote my books by posting to Wordpress again as well as to Blogspot. At first, the work wasn't too hard. I posted excerpts of my books and only had to write a paragraph at the beginning to introduce the subject.
My folly was inadvertently pointed out to me by a visitor to my blogs who wanted information on Jericho Hill School, the institution where both he and I spent six years of our lives. Over the phone, he told me that he had formed a general idea of what my book was about but he wasn't interested in purchasing it in any format. Since then, I've either commented on topics covered in my three memoirs or wrote about other experiences in my life.
My blogging workload suddenly grew heavier as I needed to write much more than I had done previously. I noticed that I spent much of my writing time composing and editing blog posts. This fact bothered me since I wanted to contact reviewers and radio show hosts about my books.
Last November, I made the decision to publish the same post on both blogs. Having freed up extra time, I used it to find reviewers for my newly-published book, How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity. Though I did do an interview on December 14 with Marketing U Daily, most of my inquiries met with silence or polite refusals.
As for 2014, I plan on carrying on with the same blogging schedule. I also hope to spend time writing short fiction stories and entering them into literary contests. This should be good practice for when I write a novel. As with any skill, practice perfects it.
If you haven't yet checked out my new memoir of going from error to truth, please visit Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Virtual Bookworm Publishers for details. Its story is inspiring as well as edifying.
And last but not least, I wish you a blessed and prosperous new year. May it be all you hoped for and more.