It is a bit late in the morning for my normal Monday Morning Musings. Better late than never I’ve heard it said. So here it is. A topic I was thinking about since I began looking into just how long ago I started this blog and how it has transformed since the beginning.
It has been almost a year since I began this blog. Next Saturday, June 11, 2016 it will be exactly a year since I did my very first post. I’ve come a long way and my blog has morphed into something I never imagined.
When I decided to start a blog I had a few topics I wanted to express my opinions about. Some political, some religious, some on social issues. It is not often I discuss these topics with any one outside my family and even then frequently I don’t have much to say. I’m more of a listener than a contributor to those conversations. I had a list of about 13 topics and I thought that would get me through three months posting once a week. I didn’t expect many readers or followers. I wasn’t concerned, I just wanted a place to express my opinions.
I did post once a week for a little while. Then I decided to use my blog to support indie authors. I had been sharing posts on Facebook to help promote authors books since early in the year. But I hadn’t yet begun doing a lot of reading for review. I participated in events as well as the post sharing. Then one day my daughter asked if I would read and review a book she was not interested in because it really wasn’t a genre she enjoys. So I agreed. That was the beginning of adding Friday book reviews to my blog. For awhile I did author interviews on Wednesday and a review of their book or books on Friday. In the autumn I got pretty busy and had two interviews and book reviews per week. That was a bit much for me time wise. So I backed off to once a week again. At the beginning of this year (2016) I stopped doing author interviews. Not that I never will again do another, but, it seemed to be pretty much the same thing every time although I tried to make each one unique in the questions I chose. Still I just don’t think I’m a good interviewer. I’ve read a number of other interviews, some quite good, others rather ho-hum like my own.
Mondays are generally reserved for my personal musings about life, quilting, thoughts on supporting indie authors or subject that might be of interest to readers or writers. Occasionally on another day of the week I would write a post because of a conversation or something that had occurred.
Over the past year I’ve noticed that my quilting posts and my personal musings get the most views. But week after week there are new views of older book reviews too. That makes me happy. But I’d really like for the reviews to have a better reception than they do now. I don’t have a huge following; last I checked it was 102 followers. Still that number is higher than I ever expected when I first started this blog. Who knows what the number will be in another year. As my reach grows so grows the number of people who learn about authors I support.
I’m doing something new this month, organizing a blog tour for a new book release for an author. I volunteered to do this when the author responded “no” to my question if she had one planned. I set up a Thunderclap campaign to promote the blog tour which in the process of gaining enough support to go forward. I sure hope there is enough support to have that Thunderclap post. Organizing the tour is a lot of work. I’ve had some help, a wonderful woman by the name of Candi Fox provided me with graphics from the images the author sent me. I’m so thankful for her help with that. She is part of my resident author’s street team. I had just asked her for advice on doing graphics and she volunteered because she loves doing that sort of stuff. I’m sure it helped that I’m the mom of the author she is on the street team to support.
In retrospect, I never thought my blog would be anything more than a place to voice my opinions and few would ever see or read them. Instead it has morphed into more than just a place to express myself about different topics; it has become a platform to help indie authors. I also use it to tell others of my relationship with God and what He does in my life. I kind of thought I would do that but not to the extent I have. I really thought I’d talk more about social and political issues. I do to some extent, but not as much as I thought I would. The content is not what I had originally thought. That is fine with me. It must be somewhat like how authors feel when the characters in their books take them in a different direction than they originally planned. Better than planned and more rewarding than anticipated.
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