If you’ve been following me for awhile, you probably know I post something new on my blog most Mondays.

Or maybe you don’t know that at all.

I’ll admit, I’m not exactly the greatest promoter of my own blog. When it comes to social media platforms like Twitter, I’m more a broadcaster than a back-and-forth chat guy.

Somehow, though, the blog is different—at least to my way of thinking.

 

The Purpose of a Blog

Not all blogs have the same purpose, and I’ll be the first to state that mine is not strictly sales-y.

While some blogs are 100% promotional, this blog is more likely to serve as a place to share personal experience… whether it’s a rant on Florida drivers or a post about the challenges my wife and I face as we contend with the coronavirus pandemic.

Because it’s not a sales-oriented blog with advertisers in the sidebar, I don’t always think to ask people to subscribe. But that’s about to change.

 

Hey, It’s Free!

There are a few ways we authors gain interest in our books: online promotions, monthly newsletters, and blogs are just a few.

For me, this blog is essential for a few reasons. Sure, sometimes I use it to share news about my books. But I also host guest authors, link out to other resources, and yes, post rants about stuff that bugs me.

Like my quarterly newsletter, there’s no cost to subscribe to this blog. And you might find some great reading here—from other authors as well as myself.

Check it out and subscribe today. And please feel free to comment below!

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Running On Fumes: Pandemic Fatigue

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Closed For Maintenance: Me

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