Hold the birthday greetings. It’s not my birthday. I’m musing about birthdays because last month was this blog’s seventh birthday. Count those candles—SEVEN. It sneaked up on me. Has it really been that long since Blog4Writers debuted?
Blog4Writers is a combination of three blogs I started when blogging was new. Golden Rule Marketing for Writers, a WordPress.com blog, grew out of an online marketing course I taught for The Christian PEN. I started Wired to Write as a resource for the people who attended my blogging session at Kentucky Christian Writers Conference 2008. It included blogging pointers, technical articles, and links to resources to help tech-challenged writers. I also had a book review blog where I reviewed books on my print resource list for writers.
Blog4Writers was set up as a self-hosted WordPress site with my own domain name and a free WordPress design. I moved the content from my three blogs to the new site. The mission statement was: “Blog4Writers exists to provide online resources for writers aspiring to publication as well as published writers. Subject matter will include the following categories: computers, websites and blogs, marketing, writing resources, and inspiration.” I used the domain name, emilyakin.com, but I also acquired Blog4Writers.com, which redirects to the blog page on the website.
In 2013, I attended a WordPress conference in Nashville. There, I gathered the courage to redesign my site with better graphics and a responsive theme that would display well on mobile devices. I had a professional photo taken by local photographer, Kate Dugger. She also designed my blog header, the header for my weekly newsletter, and my matching business card. I added a tagline “Information and Inspiration for Writers.” I continued to mix marketing, technology, writing craft, and inspirational pieces to keep it interesting. The details of the makeover are described on my Makeover Reveal page.
While I intended to leave all posts online for readers to browse, I discovered that many of the posts became outdated. I’ve removed many posts that are no longer relevant. I’m using better quality photos now because images are so important now for posting on social media. I initially posted on Tuesdays, avoiding Monday and Friday, as the blog experts recommended. I wasn’t getting many comments, so I decided to move my posting time to Saturdays. Comments have increased, I guess because people don’t get so many emails on weekends.
Recently, I’ve experimented with two-part posts. The Information section deals with some topic that writers need to know about. The Inspiration part is centered on one topic such as success or failure. I’ve used a mix of memes, quotations, and words of encouragement.
Over the last year, I’ve considered giving up blogging. However, whenever I get in the mood to quit, I get a comment on the blog, an email message, or an in-person encounter where someone tells me how much they enjoy Blog4Writers. So, for the next year at least, I’ll keep blogging. I’m not sure I’ll stick to the two-part blog posts. They’re not the best format for search engine optimization. But, I’ll continue providing information and inspiration for my subscribers.
Readers, if you have a topic you’d like addressed, please comment on this post and tell me about it. I’d also like feedback on how you like the two-part post format. If you get this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.