What to Write About When You Don’t Know What to Write About

. . . other bloggers’ and writers’ blogs, that’s what!

It’s Linda taking over for The Boss today; she’s still under the weather.  Rey’s off on an audition for a commercial.  My BFF can’t quite leave the actress in her behind—or is that the ham?  <LOL>

The Boss has no doubt mentioned how much she wants to have an awesome, successful blog.  Maybe, one day, she will; timing and time truly are everything.  My belief is if the heart’s in the right place, and the determination’s there, anything’s doable.

That got me to thinking that maybe I’d touch upon successful writing blogs—based upon what I’ve seen in my research travels and what I’ve discussed with fellow bloggers.

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Here are three worth checking out (to start):

Joanna Penn’s someone The Boss and a number of her blogging colleagues follow.  The Creative Penn is laden with informative, instructive posts and podcasts.  Joanna’s a NY Times bestselling author, so she knows what she’s talking about.  And when she talks, you want to absorb every detail.  Charming and compelling, the woman is an absolute pleasure to listen to.  She provides loads of valuable guidelines and recommendations for aspiring writers, so check her out . . . then subscribe for regular email updates!

Daily Writing Tips is chockablock full of, yes, tips—from grammar to punctuation to creative writing.  Like, who knew there were coordinate and noncoordinate adjectives?  If you need help with writing basics, are unsure about word meanings and differentiations (as I apparently am), this is the site to visit.  You’ll even find quizzes, which are always fun; who doesn’t like a challenge or two?

I can’t not mention an old favorite, one many of us grew up with in its physical, tangible form: Writer’s Digest.  The site is full of beneficial resources—such as agent listings and story coaching, among [many] other edifying topics—webinars, contests and competitions . . . and, of course, tons of articles to assist a writer in cultivating his or her talent.

A short and sweet post today, but hopefully useful.  As The Boss has often stated, you never need go it alone: countless sites offer valuable and practical advice, provide trends and news, and help set you on that path to success.  You simply need to . . . yes, you’ve got it . . . do your due diligence.

Happy writing!

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Mail Lists, Mail Lists, Who Wants a Mail List!?

I do, I do!

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And so do you, if you hope to succeed as a writer.  Renowned gurus Mark Dawson, Derek Murphy, and Joanna Penn (among others) tout the necessity (!) of having one.

I totally get it.  Now, if I could totally do it.  <ROTFL>

Given the weekends are the only times I can work on “technical” components, it’s been three weeks now that I’ve tried to get a mailing list organized.  Every time I follow a couple of steps, it seems there are six more to perform . . . and a-Googlin’ I go.

Eventually, it’ll happen.  It’s merely the multitude of baby steps required for yours truly to get there.  But I digress.  <still ROTFL>

Consider this my first official advice as a blogger/writer: get a mail list going!  It doesn’t matter if you have 10 or 1000 names on it.  The important thing is that you have one.  Everything else, in time, will follow.

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There’s simply too much information about mailing lists to include in a post.  To help you get started, here are three links to awesome sites that can provide essential must-knows and must-dos.
https://markjdawson.com
https://www.thecreativepenn.com
https://www.creativindie.com