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Blogging from the Heart

qngagjsRecently, my writer’s group had a meeting to discuss publishing and marketing. We had one of our cherished members who is an experienced indie author share tips with us. She opened the meeting with what she said was the most important advice to pass along …

Author Platform.

Bear with me, because this is for readers as well as writers.

At the meeting, we discussed how authors must create an online network reflecting their genre. Wherever we go in cyberspace, be it blogs, facebook, twitter, goodreads, etc., we must stick to a specific platform.

Something I already new and have avoided, is not to write a blog strictly about the mechanics of writing. An author’s platform is to give readers a sense of our writing style and the content of our publications.

I thought my platform was well-established, but a few authors told me it is not.

My plan was to make inspirational messages and laughter the focal point of my blog. My anthology, my published articles, plus my WIP’s (fiction) are written with endings that should feel inspirational, some in small ways, others much bigger ways. Or, at least give cause for the reader to stop and think. My poetry is meant to do the same. Even my pets have passed along wisdom to me. When I share things about me on the blog, I try to introspect and tie it into an inspirational or funny message. Perhaps I’m not making that platform clear enough. Or, perhaps it’s too generalized, but I like the interaction and different perspectives from commenters.

I didn’t mean to leave the impression that it’s all about me. I thought it reflected my writing/publication(s), which is to encourage inner-growth, laughter and inspiration.

I really don’t want to re-haul my entire blog to make it strictly about some superficial topic in order to get readers to my works. So, I added a little more explanation at the top of the page, and plan to keep blogging what my heart calls me to do.

My writing (publications), especially the stuff I’m working on now, goes pretty deep into minds and hearts. In my memoir anthology, I dropped some subtle inspirational messages that might be missed, but they are there. If you’d like to receive my memoir for free, Author Angela Archer is having a giveaway. You can join her contest to win my anthology or any number of other lovely gifts. Click below and scroll down for my memoir anthology Rome, Home and Meatballs. Then click ‘join’ to enter the contest.

Contest Giveaway.

In the mean time, if you haven’t already, please vote for my poem this week on the Best New Poems site. I posted a little more about it, here. I hope you don’t mind me asking for your help … if you like it, of course.

Please keep an eye on my blog for a free memoir read coming up next week.

29 thoughts on “Blogging from the Heart”

  1. I think you’re right to follow your heart Lori – if you’re doing something just as a promotional tool, I think readers will soon see through it and get bored with that – doing it the way you’re doing it does help us see you as a writer, but in a way that engages us more, I think.

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    1. Wow, this is a wonderful comment, Andrea, because it’s the way I hoped my blog came across. Thank you so much for saying this and letting me know you get it.

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    1. I guess if I want to sell books as an author, I need to use the blog as more of a promotional thing. I decided to go with my heart. Thank you, Miss Linda.

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  2. I think that is a smart approach. I’d rather interact with someone with a good message, something to teach me, or lift me up, rather than a marketing machine who I have no way of connecting with on a personal level. There is so much negativity on the Internet and spread throughout social media, it’s refreshing when a bright spot is revealed and makes you feel good about yourself, or just peps up your day. I noticed the difference on your banner picture, and I like it 😀

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    1. Thank you, Maggie. I appreciate it. I had more than one author suggesting I revamp a little. I got confused while contemplating it, which told me it was going against my nature. So, I redid the banner. Thanks for letting me know you recognized it. I also changed the subtitle (to the upper right), from Lori’s Lane of Life to Inquire, Inspire, Aspire. Thank you for your support. BTW, I just got a Surface and I love it. I’m typing from it now.

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  3. I think a writer’s platform is constantly a work in progress. I think different approaches can work, and should be tailored for the type of audience you seek or already have and want to grow. I think your Weekly Wisdom series is a good example of how you have a recurring feature that speaks so closely to the theme of your blog.

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  4. Well, I write thrillers, and yet my blog is humorous in nature (usually). I think for authors, our platform is often ourselves, meaning if we present ourselves authentically, then we’re building our platforms. There are already enough blogs about writing technique, so like you, I didn’t want to restrict my blog to that. I write what I feel like writing about. If I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t have the desire to keep blogging.

    Congrats on your memoir!

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    1. Oops, I was thinking you had something new out. I just clicked the link and see you’re referring to ‘Rome, Home and Meatballs’ (which I loved!) 🙂

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    2. I was hoping for some input from other authors, and I appreciate your thoughts on this, Carrie. Thank you for the nice comment about my anthology, too.

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      1. Was that you who left the lovely review of The Seneca Scourge on Amazon today? Thank you so much! As a fellow author, I know you know how much that means. I appreciate your support very much!

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        1. Yep, I finally finished it last week. It takes me forever to read these days (to find the time). Happy to do it. It was an exciting read.

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  5. I agree with wordsfromanneil, I think it’s important to have personal stuff in with all the other stuff. I leave a lot of personal stuff out because I don’t want a lot of info about my kids broadcasted, but about me is fine. I’ve actually gained followers on all social media because of the fact that I have horses, not because of my novel. I would think that too much just about writing would become boring. I always have thought you’ve done a wonderful job. 🙂 And, I don’t know how much clout this is, but when I was told to find about 10-12 books to give away, and I started going through the blogs I follow, yours was one of the first ones I went for. I think it catches a readers attention just fine.

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    1. Of course, it’s understandable not to want anything about your kids broadcast. I once wrote a blog post about how sharing one’s own experience, strength and hope can inspire others. That’s what I plan to do in my publications as well, even the fiction. I’m not surprised you found followers through your love of horses. Whatever it takes, and if it works, go for it. I’m humbled by your support of my blog and that you thought of me to give away my anthology. Grateful hugs sent your way.

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  6. This is so similar to songwriting in that we are asked to pick a genre and stay there. I have a lot of trouble with that. I write what I write, and hope that people connect with it. But this is a good reminder that I can always “tighten up” my online network. Great post. Thank you!

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  7. I suppose if you wanted to market your books seriously you could talk about nothing else, but I think it would turn people off after a while. I think what you’re doing is just fine. You blog about what you feel and that way you engage people more than if you hit them with “buy my book” all the time. I like your blog posts just the way they are.

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  8. Thanks Lori. I had recently wondered if I should take my blog in another direction but after reading this I think I should just construct another for all my writing advice.

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    1. Hey Talia. Do what your heart calls you to do with your blog. If you want to change it to a writing advice blog, that’s fine, as long as it’s clear what it’s about. I just read your latest post and it’s beautifully poetic. I can see why you’d like to do another. I’d been feeling sort of torn about mine, but finally decided to just go with my heart. Good luck, and thanks for reading my post.

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