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Birthday Musings on Blogging

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?

The Beginning

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.

The Makeover

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.

Gradual Changes

While I intended to leave all posts online for readers to browse, I discovered that many of the posts became outdated.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.

The Future

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.

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6 Responses to Birthday Musings on Blogging

  1. W Terry Whalin March 4, 2017 at 8:59 am #

    Emily,

    My blog has been going since 2009. For about a year, I stopped with my work as an editor but I know it is an important tool to continue. I still blog about once a week. There are many blogs but what is your focus and who is your audience and readers? What is your motivation: to inform, to show new things, to make money, etc. Each of us have to sort through those issues with our blog.

    I have an inexpensive 31 day course to teach how to make money with your blog at: http://bucksforblog.com/ it comes with my 60 day love it or return it guarantee. I know it has helped many people.

    Hope this helps. I’m a reader and will continue to read. Keep up the good work.

    Terry
    The Writing Life (my blog)

  2. Emily Akin March 4, 2017 at 9:17 am #

    Thanks, Terry. I will check out your course.

  3. Diana Derringer March 4, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    Happy birthday to Blog4Writers! I appreciate the helpful information in your posts, Emily.

  4. Crickett Keeth March 4, 2017 at 11:29 am #

    Emily, I enjoy your blog each Saturday and would miss it if it wasn’t there. Like you, I’ve been thinking about quitting the blog. There are weeks I get discouraged with it, and question if it’s making any difference. But, like you, just when I’m ready to say, I’m done, someone says something to me, or comments specifically and I am reminded that if it just helps one person, that’s enough. Also, I’ve found that when I don’t have anything to write and I tell myself I’m not going to blog this week, I just can’t NOT do it. Something keeps drawing me back to writing a post each week (or revamping an older one). I don’t know if I’ll continue, but one day at a time. I hope to see you at the Midsouth Writer’s Conference in a few weeks!

  5. Emily Akin March 4, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

    Thanks, Diana.

  6. Emily Akin March 4, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    Thanks, Crickett. I’m like you. I can’t NOT do it. Sometimes I’m furiously working on it on Friday night.

    About MSCWC—unless something changes, I probably won’t get to come this year. My son’s family has planned an event that I MUST attend. If they should change the date of the event, then I can come. If not, maybe next year.

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