What to do with my blog?: This month I am actively thinking about where to take my blog. When I started it, I was participating in several weekly flash fiction challenges. Then I did my first A-Z (2012) and very quickly moved into writing my first novels.
That consumed the rest of 2012 and most of 2013 and I found my blog languishing as well as time to follow the blogs of the friends & followers I acquired during the A-Z challenge. Once we got settled here in Ecuador (another little thing that consumed me in 2013), I jumped into this years A-Z. It helped me realize how much I missed writing flash fiction.
Now the conundrum, balancing my writing time between my two blogs with my personal life and my novel writing. Factor in that I would think I need to have more readers of my books (and other writings) following my blog but I'm not sure how to get them.
When I started my first blog back around 2006, it was mostly about selling my house and searching for "my" perfect first RV. I tossed in a few rambling tales and meandering thoughts from time to time. My blog readership was huge, strangers would walk up to me and ask why I hadn't blogged recently. I started with other RVers following me and the rest came from word of mouth. That's what I'd like to get back to...
So my first challenge will be to write in here on a more regular basis, hopefully every Mon-Wed-Fri (keeping it simple). Second challenge will be to write on a more personal basis, about (hopefully) interesting topics to anyone - not just other writers. Third challenge will be to balance this with our increasingly active social life here in Ecuador, our travel plans (in the US and in Ecuador) AND still find time to write (novels, short stories and flash fiction). Oh, and did I mention the writing groups here in Ecuador? Been to two and have a third threatening to start!
Can I do it? How do you keep your blog readership growing? How do you balance it all?