New to Blogging?

One option to get involved and gain attention for your work here on the Indie Writer’s Network is to get involved in community blogging.

What is a blog?

How did a strange word like “blog” come to be part of our everyday language anyway? The term is actually a combination of “web” and “log”, or “web log” which was eventually mashed together into “blog”. The first web logs were online journals (many still are), but they’ve branched out to become a standard part of most businesses as well. It’s a way of providing existing and potential customers regularly updated web content, which not only gives visitors a reason to keep coming back, but it boosts a site’s search engine rankings as well, which means that your site is more like to show up in search engine results if you have regularly updated content (in other words: customers are more likely to find your site).

How do authors use blogs?

Because most are free and relatively easy to use, many authors create a blog as their primary website for sharing information about themselves, their currently published and upcoming works, upcoming book signings, giveaways, and other events, and to create a buzz about their work.

What is a networked blog?

A networked blog is one of the many advantages of bloggin the Indie Writer’s Network. Outside the network, each of us is working alone, hoping others might just happen to come across our blog. Given how huge the internet is and how many author blogs are out there, gaining an audience can be an arduous, time-consuming, and frustrating task. However, the benefit of a networked blog is that it provides an instant audience: others on the network. While we can’t guarantee that because you post something on a networked blog it will be viewed, we can guarantee that immediately after publishing it, the post will appear in the activity stream, as well as the recently updated blogs list (listed under the main menu item: “blogs”). Also, if we love your post, there’s a good chance it will end up with a link on our Facebook page or in our Twitter stream. This gives your blog a much better chance of being viewed than it had outside of the network.

How do I become a blog author?

Many of our IndieWriteNet groups already have blogs associated with them. To become a contributor to a blog, all you need to do is join the group associated with it. Don’t see an associated blog listed? Let us know this is something you’d like to have added, and we’ll move it to the top of our “To-Do”list.

Once you’ve joined the group, you should find you have access to post articles when you navigate to the associated blog. Not sure how post articles? Check out the help guide Indie Blogging 101: Creating Effective Posts.