I do, I do!
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.
The focus of this blog is becoming clearer. I can see categories, widgets, links, posts, pics, book reviews (mine and others).
Each week I’m learning more: what to do and what not to do. Now I need to begin applying it. Easy to say, a little more tricky to do. It’s that <bleeping> thing called time. It’s so very precious. For those who never have to count your minutes, count your blessings my friends!
Until I can get this blog looking the way I want it to (which translates into having the blog “cooperate”, as some days it appears to have a mind of its own), I will share little snippets of info/advice.
My first snippet:
If you’re into writing, there are a lot of great writers groups to connect with. One I’ve recently joined and recommend is best-selling author Mark Dawson’s SPF Community on Facebook. They’re wonderful, helpful, and very supportive! Just so you know, there are “house rules”, and I’m sure Mark won’t mind if I provide some here:
* No promotion, ever. Promotional is anything that you stand to make a financial benefit from in your own capacity. If you post promo, it’ll be removed without notice and you might be taken out of the group.
* Please do not solicit clients.
* Please don’t try and build a mailing list.
* Be kind. Be polite. Be supportive.
Mark also reminds us that this is a group where anyone can join; if you don’t want something shared publicly, however, it might be best you don’t share.