My Notebook of Blog Ideas
I keep thinking I should write a blog about how hard it is to write a blog. I know there’s some of you who think it’s a piece of cake. Maybe you even wait until the last minute to write your blogs because it’s so easy for you. There may even be a special blog gene that does that for you. Just so ya know—I do NOT have that gene.
Nope. I have the worry gene when it comes to blogs. I could never just throw some words out and say, “Here’s my blog, love or lump it.” Perfectionistic behavior does not always work out for a person. It makes me worry about writing the perfect blog, or the one everyone can’t wait to read. So I spin my wheels in that rut and we all know that’s just a kind way of saying, “I’m stuck.”
I also worry that my subject will never be up to standards and I absolutely must have some pictures and diagrams or no one will be interested in reading it. It can be immobilizing to worry so much about writing the perfect blog.
Here are some things that I like when I read a blog:
I like subjects that cover writing techniques, problem and solutions, “how-to” kind of pieces because I find them helpful in my own writing.
I like interesting factoids and bits of history about famous authors and about places like the old west.
I like when authors share helpful information about things related to writing such as how important are reviews, what are publishers of romance fiction looking for at present, how to come up with titles that sell books, and so forth.
I don’t like really long blogs because there is just no time to read several long blogs before I start my day. I’d rather read blogs that divide the subject up into several shorter articles as some of my author friends have done. I’ve written some long blogs and, naturally, I worried that no one would finish reading them.
And I don’t like blogs that are just promotion for a book without an interesting bit to go with it. I would rather read blogs in which I know the author has spent some time and energy putting it together.
I think a little bit of stress encourages us to work a little harder. At least that’s how it works for me.
Are you a worry wart about writing blogs? Do you get a little stressed trying to come up with a good subject for your blog? What do you like best when you read a blog? Do you have any particular pet peeve you’d be willing to share regarding blogs?
Sarah J. McNeal is a multi-published author of several genres including time travel, paranormal, western and historical fiction. She is a retired ER and Critical Care nurse who lives in North Carolina with her four-legged children, Lily, the Golden Retriever and Liberty, the cat. Besides her devotion to writing, she also has a great love of music and plays several instruments including violin, bagpipes, guitar and harmonica. Her books and short stories may be found at Prairie Rose Publications and its imprints Painted Pony Books, and Fire Star Press. Some of her fantasy and paranormal books may also be found at Publishing by Rebecca Vickery and Victory Tales Press. She welcomes you to her website and social media: