Now that I have introduced the concept of blogging, I’ve opened up Pandora’s overwhelm box for many writers. Why? Because most writers don’t feel they can get their “real” writing done if they also blog. Not only that, they lump blogging in with all that other social media “stuff,” like social networking, they need to do to promote themselves and their books and create an author’s platform.
Here’s the good news: You can do it all and not feel overwhelmed. You can write your book, blog and promote yourself and your book via social networking, and have time left over. How? By blogging your book.
Here’s how it works:
- Map out the content for your book.
- Chunk your content down into post-sized bits.
- Sit down and write every day, or several times a week, in short increments of time. (You can also write in longer increments less often, if you prefer.)
- Copy and paste those short bits of writing from your manuscript as blog posts on your blog each time you finish a writing period. (Or break the work you do during your longer writing periods into shorter pieces and post those several times during the week.)
- Share your blog posts by including links to them with your status updates on your social networks, like Facebook and Twitter.
Pretty simple. You will have your manuscript written in no time flat. As you continuously publish blog posts, you will find yourself gaining fans and followers and your blog moving up in the search engine rankings. That means you will have developed an author’s platform. Not only that, you will have done some simple social networking along the way.
See. I told you it could be done. Write your book, blog, social network—all in one fell swoop with little to no overwhelm at all. How do I know this? I blogged my book, How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time, in just five months.