How many times should you try something before you give up? I tell my seven year old that he needs to try a new food three times before he can say he doesn't like it. That's just before I put broccoli on his plate for the tenth attempt.
Since I started on the yellow brick road towards publication and a writing career, I have made several attempts at a blog. While some were mildly successful, others were not. What I was never able to figure out was the right formula for making the magic happen. It always seemed like that equation from high school algebra that I could just never understand. Besides, who the heck needs algebra anyway? ;-)
Finally, here I am, after a year long sabbatical to deal with serious family issues, ready to write, and resolved to tackle the beast of blogging once again. In my time back I've discovered that the social media aspect of a writers career is like the all powerful Oz, sometimes hiding behind the curtain of mystery, sometimes grudgingly revealing all it's secrets. Each part of it can titillate your brain, embolden your heart and boost your courage to fulfill the aspirations of your writing career.
The challenge is how do you coax the wizard out of yourself?
Dorothy used a dazzling smile, good friends and tenacious faith to get what she wanted. I'm loaded up with advice this time around on the what, how, and why to post in a blog. But I also believe that it's going to take a strong spirit, the will not to give up and a passionate desire to invest as much into building my writer platform as I would into writing my MS.
So, what's everyone body else's story? Can you share your success stories or even tales of woe? I'd love to hear what got people through the slow times of blog building?