So it’s Monday, and as always my calendar says “New Blog Post Due.” My mind, on the other hand, says, Add a quick blog post. This is slightly different, because I have a couple afternoon appointments, and not enough time to write a post between them. Can you say deadline?
Of course, it’s my blog, and I’m the boss of the company. So the employee who’s going to write the blog post (me) could tell the owner (also me) to go pound sand. And with no fear of consequences! I promised myself a long time ago that I would never, ever fire myself.
Still, knowing I have a tiny window to write something useful and compelling and worthwhile is kind of a lot of pressure. So maybe Go pound sand would be the right response.
If this all sounds like one of those quaint conversations where the person says, I told myself, “Self…,” well, it probably should.
The topic I chose for today is hardly original, and it’s not likely that my take on it will break any new ground. But hey, self-deprecating is my middle name (in invisible ink, right next to Joseph). So what the heck.
Blogs With Benefits
Last week I sent out my monthly newsletter. If you’re subscribed, thank you; if not, just send me your email and you’ll start getting it next month. In the newsletter, I mention that I’ll be launching my next novel, Whizzers, later this year. I also talked a bit about the launch team: I’m looking for designers and vendors, but I’m going to want lots of readers and reviewers, too!
When I did my last launch, one of the best things I did to raise my own profile was guest posting on the wonderful Anne R. Allen’s blog for authors and their followers. My guest post on Anne’s blog was the rocket fuel for the last launch, and I’m going to build another blog tour for the upcoming launch.
The reason I’m writing about it on my own blog is twofold. If you’re reading this but not subscribed to the newsletter, you might be interested in joining the list. Secondly, you might be interested in having me on your blog, or you might want to guest post here.
If you’re looking for authors to guest post or interview on your blog – or in guest posting here – let me know in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I promote every blog post to my 25K Twitter followers, so it could drive a lot of new traffic to your blog, too.
Interestingly enough, Anne’s blog had a timely post about this very topic last month, appropriately called Guest Blogging Is The Best Free Publicity For Writers. You can check that out here.