good lookingOne of the advantages of being a blogger is that I can blow my own trumpet. After all, it’s my blog isn’t it, so I can say what I please. Let’s start with the facts. I’m ruggedly good looking, rich, articulate, sexy, slim, athletic, well educated and above all, exceedingly modest. I could also probably just as easily say old, decrepit, seriously boring, deaf and prone to moments of short term memory loss but let’s not focus on the negatives.

What is important is that as a writer nowadays, there is no better way, and in some respects, no other way, to communicate with readers and demonstrate your writing talents other than to blog. Even the most successful authors are now blogging as opposed to having the standard static website. Stephen Fry, well known to almost all on Twitter, now has a blog not a website. Many other authors are following the same route and I can well attest to the reasons why.

Just a short time ago, well a year or so but in Internet terms that is forever, my own website habitually recorded a few more visits each week than my blog. Today however, my website receives less than two percent of the traffic of my blog. The reason is clear. Blogs are alive, vibrant, communicative and involve visitors in the conversation. A website was and still is a good impression of a road side billboard. Exactly the same every time you pass by.

The other aspect of blogging that makes it so appealing is that it ties in so neatly with social media. It’s as if the two walk hand in hand. A blog post becomes an event that can be shared and sent off into the ether of the Internet, never knowing where it might land. The only sure thing is that it will land, and be read, somewhere.

No matter what your writing style, genre, opinion or take on life, a blog is a must for a writer. So set aside your WIP for half an hour a day and communicate with your readers. And most of all, have fun doing it.

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8 thoughts on “Modest and Really Good Looking

  • 27/08/2011 at 9:08 pm
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    I almost gave up on blogging. Just recently as a matter of fact. I pulled my old (3 months old, actually) blog down. I just didn’t like it, and I was about to give up on blogging forever. I figured it just wasn’t for me. Then I remembered an earlier post of yours where you stressed the importance for a writer to have a blog. So I’ve started over and I’m actually beginning to like the darn thing. So, thanks Derek for inspiring me to continue on with this whole blogging endeavor. (Btw, you made the list in my most recent post.)

    • 27/08/2011 at 9:14 pm
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      I love it Wesley! Very clever and I just love the company I’m keeping now. All I have to do is drop dead, and my fame will be assured! By the way, the day I drop off the planet, go back to this post and make me black and white, or even better, sepia! :)

  • 28/08/2011 at 9:14 am
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    I have great fun with my blog. Except when I try to say anything serious. I wandered into politics once and got my nose amputated, and I have a fun post about religion that went down like a concrete zeppelin.

    I like your new widget, the slideshow thingammy. I clicked on “get widget” and surfaced in the Amazon Associates page. When are you going to do a blog on that? What the Dickens is it and why should I join – or not?

    Have you read Joseph Locke’s book about how he sold a million eBooks? He says a web site is an essential cornerstone of eBook marketing. I’m building one right now and hope to launch it next week. Here’s hoping all that effort wasn’t wasted!

    • 28/08/2011 at 11:42 am
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      I had a look JJ and John Locke’s official website in in fact a WordPress blog. So I rest my case! lol

      The Slider you mentioned is part of my WordPress theme, so it’s not a widget. I’m not sure how you ended up on Amazon Associates from there, but AA has some useful tools to promote your books or any other Amazon products on your blog or website.

  • 28/08/2011 at 4:06 pm
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    Thank you. I was toying with this idea last night and my hatred of my personal site. I was looking for direction and you have provided it. My webiste is going away and I am going to make my Blog my primary.

    I have also been inspired by you to Blog more. I am posting almost every other day now.

    Keep inspiring writers.

    • 28/08/2011 at 7:27 pm
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      Great to hear Cheryl. Best of luck with your blog and have a ball doing it :)

  • 28/08/2011 at 11:24 pm
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    This is an inspiring post for me. I’ve been pretty regular at blogging lately but when I get down, it gets tough. I think the habit of writing is like exercise, it works best when it is regular.

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