Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The Work of a Writer
Blogging is work. Make no mistake about it. If you are a writer and you are serious about marketing your work, blogging is a big part of a successful strategy.
I didn't realize this when I first began blogging; I just listened to the PR person I'd hired through the publisher to set one up. I'd always written in a journal, so I thought, this should be easy. But I soon realized that journaling is not blogging is not articles is not essays. They are all different animals and need different care and feeding.
Personal journals are great for keeping track of your thoughts and feelings, recording events, even jotting down ideas, although I found my ideas can get lost in my journal. I need to keep a separate to-do list for the ideas. Then I need to separate my to-do list into personal list versus business list. But I divurge...
Blogging, in my humble opinion, is not the same as journaling in one key way. In a journal, I could write "I hate so and so and wish she would.." and no one would see it, so it wouldn't matter. I can work out my feelings in my journal. The blog, however, is not for working out feelings. It is for sharing information, insights, thought processes with a resolution, and so on.
In the beginning, I didn't have a clue what to blog about. Then it hit me. If I'm trying to build a readership base of people who might be interested in my book and any insights or wisdom I might have gained over the years, then my topics need to focus on those kinds of things.
Articles, on the other hand, are targeted pieces about one particular subject, such as those you read in newspapers and magazines. They usually have quotes from people you've interviewed and include facts and figures to back up your statements. Your personal opinions would not be appropriate.
Personal essays are where you can bring everything into one piece. You may include a bit of journal-style writing in an essay as a way to introduce a topic you are struggling with, because a personal essay is an exploration of something. It needs to come to a conclusion, but not necessarily a resolution to the conflict.
I have learned so much from blogging and from reading the blogs of others. In the beginning, I resented the time I was spending, but now I relish it. It is the work of a writer in this technological day and age, in addition to works in progress (commonly referred to as wips). Unfortunately, I spend so much time blogging and reading blogs, my wips are not even blips on radar yet.