Friday, October 10, 2008

Blogs are our friends!

I just read a very informative article on "blog marketing for writers" by Camy Tang (whose blog appears on my blog roll.) I encourage fellow writers to read it.

Here's the link:

In fact, I'm capitalizing on one of her pieces of advice right now: add whitespace and only have 3 or 4 sentences in a paragraph.

Blogging is becoming the friend of writers. Because of the expanse of the internet (you can find anything!), it's very easy find authors to network with. My professor told us that finding mentors is a very important step for writers - writers remember each other and can vouch for each other to editors.

She also told my writing class to keep in touch with each other. Get your writing classmates' Facebook or Myspace - or blogs!

"Your blog is your unedited version of yourself."

Julia Knispel (), a professional freelance writer who spoke to my class told us the best way to get people to view your blog is to leave comments on theirs. "It's an unwritten rule that if you comment on their blog, they have to comment on yours." That's the common curtesy of the blog c0mmunity.

Of course, you want to be careful about which blogs you want to put on your blog roll. If your goal is to put your work out there for editors and the like to see, then you don't want to see your dirty underwear, so to speak. Mrs. Knispel says to create another blog for your personal diary and keep it separate from your work.

And, another piece of Camy Tang's advice is to add pictures - and I'll add to that: use quotes!

"A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list."


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