Okay, we’ve made it through the second track of the get started write challenge. In the first track, we set our goals and created a road map to achieve them. In the second track, we assembled a query, found a market, and submitted. Now, we’re going to spend a few days the promotional side.
Today’s task, write a blog post. If you don’t have a blog, start one today–and make your first post (more tips below). If you have a blog with a publishing schedule already, great; share your URL with the group.
That’s right: Here’s an open invitation to share your blog URL with a group of other writers. Send me your name, your blog’s name, and your URL to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: My Blog for the GSWC.
I will collect the URLs over the next day or two–before making a special post that shares them with the group. If nothing else, you might get a few new readers.
For Those Who Have Never Blogged
It’s really very easy–and free. Use Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, or another blogging service. Of the main free services, I don’t have a real preference; they all have strengths and weaknesses. Pick a site and follow the prompts to get started.
For your first post, write about your experience with this challenge. Or share what you hope to accomplish with the blog.
Whether you’re starting today or have been going at it for a while, here are 6 blogging tips that will pay off immediately for writers. Use them well.
And don’t forget to send me your blog URL!
Improve your blog!
Learn how to set up and effectively manage an incredible blog with this Blogging 101 course taught by blogging guru Dan Blank of We Grow Media. He’ll teach writers the technical things they can do, better ways to develop and present content, how to engage readers, and more.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which means that he edits books, writes a column for Writer’s Digest magazine, creates content for multiple blogs, interacts with both sides of the publishing transom, manages a free weekly newsletter on publishing, teaches (virtually and in person) on topics related to writing and publishing, and so much more. He’s also the author of Solving the World’s Problems. Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.
Here are some recent tasks from this challenge: