Friday, January 27, 2017

Follow Friday - Chapter 17, Line 290 of the "Odyssey" Describes Ulysses Finding His Dog Argos After Twenty Years Away from Ithaca

It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and a single Follow Friday Featured Blogger each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the Featured Blogger of the week - Romance Lover Anonymous.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: What are some tips that help you with blogging?

Some tips. Well, I've been at this a while, and I don't know if I'd say I was particularly successful, but then again, success blogging is what you define it as. I suppose that's the first piece of advice about blogging: Define success for yourself. Some people will tell you that you have to get a certain number of hits per day, or publish a certain number of articles, or some other milestone that you must hit to be a "success" with your blog. My advice is to ignore such people. Figure out what you want and what you think counts as success, and then do that.

A lot of people suggest posting on a regular schedule. That's not a bad idea, but my advice is to post on a schedule that you are comfortable with. Nothing is surer to burn one out than trying to adhere to an artificially imposed schedule that is too onerous. In an ideal world, I'd post three book reviews or other substantive posts a week, and then three posts like this over the weekends. In reality, I usually am lucky to get one or two book reviews published per week, and I sometimes miss the weekend posts as well. I missed posting all of this past week because I was sick. If you beat yourself up over missing days like that, then blogging will become a chore that you will hate. Just let a lost day or lost week or posting go, and move forward.

My last advice would be to write what you would want to read. Some people say you should write what your audience wants to read, and if that matches up with your preferences, that's great advice. But if you write about stuff that you aren't particularly enthusiastic about, this will probably show though in your writing. If you love what you write about, then that will show as well. It may not be any good, but at least you'll enjoy reading it, and you'll probably enjoy writing it too, which means you're more likely to keep at it, and without that, there's no blog at all.

My advice boils down to this: Write what you like, when you like, and measure success by your own personal yardstick. It's your blog after all. Do it in a manner that suits you.

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