If a Blog Falls in the Forest….

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  1. W. J. Howard
    W. J. Howard January 29, 2014 at 9:29 am .

    Excellent advice, Sun! I love that you take the time to continue to engage with people who take the time to comment.

    1. Sunny Frazier
      Sunny Frazier January 29, 2014 at 10:22 pm .

      I’m nosy. I want to know who everyone is out there. Some become incredible friends.

  2. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey January 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm .

    Thanks for highlighting Aaron’s very successful post, Sunny. It’s so hard to get readers to comment even though I know a lot of folks are reading the RMFW posts. It’s a bashful bunch we attract here. :D

    1. Sunny Frazier
      Sunny Frazier January 29, 2014 at 10:31 pm .

      Well, tell them to step it up and have fun with the rest of us. I’d like to meet more of them.

  3. TiffanyLawson NakedEditor
    TiffanyLawson NakedEditor January 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm .

    Thank you for posting on this subject.

    I blog monthly over at Writers in the Storm and starting in March, here on RMFW and over at Savvy. Authors.

    I’ve been seeing the same posse of folks commenting and boy oh boy do I get excited when I see a new name! I treat blog and comments like an afternoon at a writers conference.Extending the learning into the comments section, I host a mini writing challenge, edit the entries, chat with the writers about how to succeed in a particular area of writing craft etc.

    I love it, I just wish more writers would come out of their shells and join in the fun!

    1. Sunny Frazier
      Sunny Frazier January 29, 2014 at 10:22 pm .

      I haven’t peeked into Savvy Writers in awhile. Let me know what you’re doing and I’ll pass along the URL’s to your posts.

  4. Dean K Miller
    Dean K Miller January 29, 2014 at 2:09 pm .

    We’d all forget we actually have toes if someone didn’t step on them once in a while. Besides, I’m only using the bottoms of them anyway.

    The headline on this blog is impossible to ignore. During my session with writing coach Lori Deboer the other day (which was awesome and won via this blog!) highlighted the importance of headline, hooks and getting readers and editors to know they have to follow up and find out what’s going on.

    Another coach/friend asked me: How much are you willing to put yourself “out there” to get noticed? Another great way to consider the same set of circumstances, which are multiplied many times over in the writing world.

    Thanks, Sunny and RMFW for continuing to NOT waste my time.

    1. Sunny Frazier
      Sunny Frazier January 29, 2014 at 10:21 pm .

      Love your witty reply! Yeah, I’m not sure why authors are often shy about promoting their work. Isn’t the whole reason for writing is to be read?

  5. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek January 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm .

    Yay Sunny! This is a great post. I love and copied this line: . If readers love the way you write, they expect more of the same in a book. I am in the midst of trying to figure this out better in my blog writing. Last year was a personally crazy one, but gave me good pause to redefine who I want to be as a writer and what that could look like. Thanks for the great tips, the inspiration and for toe-squooshing a bit.

    1. Sunny Frazier
      Sunny Frazier January 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm .

      To me, the best blogs are fearless and the voice of the writer comes through. Don’t weigh your words so much or worry about getting it “right.” We’re not here to judge. Cut loose and have fun.

  6. Elaine Faber
    Elaine Faber January 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm .

    Getting folks to read your blog certainly depends on it’s crazy title. We need to copy the grocery store ‘rag sheets’ with titles that have only a smidgin’ to do with the actual story. But it sells papers. We need a symposium called PONTIGER or ‘Pondering on nutty titles intended to gain extra readers.’ Who can we get to teach the symposium? Volunteers???

    1. Sunny Frazier
      Sunny Frazier January 29, 2014 at 10:29 pm .

      I’ll volunteer. I read blogs and want to scream “Why didn’t you go for the gold!” It just takes a tweak or two to make a title awesome. Make a bit more effort, folks!

  7. Anne Schroeder
    Anne Schroeder January 29, 2014 at 6:17 pm .

    Writer’s gold. Sunny nails it. I shared it on my author’s FB page so my fans will think I’m witty and intelligent, too. BTW–not sure what “Lama sabachthani” is either, but I think Jesus muttered it on the cross. Maybe “It is finished!”

    1. Sunny Frazier
      Sunny Frazier January 29, 2014 at 10:19 pm .

      Maybe Aaron will translate for us!

  8. Chris Swinney
    Chris Swinney January 29, 2014 at 6:20 pm .

    Good point. “Platform” is so slammed down new writers’ throats and one item is “blogging.” Either write good stuff and regularly with catchy titles or don’t blog. Pretty simple concept, right? Thanks Sunny!

    1. Sunny Frazier
      Sunny Frazier January 29, 2014 at 10:27 pm .

      In the beginning, when blogs were few and a novelty, we all had time to muse over the musings of others. Now, with everyone blogging, you’d better have something interesting and worthwhile to say! Oh, and you know this is fodder for our project!

  9. Dac Crossley
    Dac Crossley January 29, 2014 at 6:23 pm .

    Why do writers blog about — writing? I blog to build readership, so I try to post entries interesting to my readers — my posse. I’m building the brand. I never blog politics or religion, not those third rails! And, like you, I respond by e-mail to people who comment on a blog entry. Blogging once a week seems plenty. And one more thing – I try to leave blog readers with a question, or something to stimulate their response. Beats the hell out of facebook.

    1. Sunny Frazier
      Sunny Frazier January 29, 2014 at 10:25 pm .

      I blog about writing because that’s my readership. But, I don’t blog on how to write, punctuation or grammar. My heart is in promotion and I have no idea why people find selling hard to do. I think it’s the best part about being a writer. Fans are terrific.

      1. Dac Crossley
        Dac Crossley January 30, 2014 at 6:09 am .

        I didn’t mean you, Sunny. I enjoy promotion. We may do it differently. They tell me, it’s no longer about distribution, it’s all about discovery…

  10. Billy Beasley
    Billy Beasley January 29, 2014 at 7:56 pm .

    Thanks Sunny. Excellent log.

    1. Sunny Frazier
      Sunny Frazier January 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm .

      Thanks, Billy. And, thanks for posting a reply. That was the whole point, right?

  11. Aaron Ritchey
    Aaron Ritchey January 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm .

    Thanks, Sunny, for the kind words and the info. I learned about hooks from watching soap operas growing up. And Stephen King. And reality T.V. shows. As for that bit of biblical fun, eloi eloi lama sabachthani translates into “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” I say that a lot.

  12. Holli castillo
    Holli castillo January 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm .

    Because I can’t keep up with my blog on a daily basis, I created my Twelve Question Tuesday, which is open to any writer who wants to be on it. It ensures I have an interesting new post at least once a week with my interviews, and the writers promote the blog as much as I do when they are featured on it. It’s easy and takes very little time to copy and paste answers and post their images, and it sends a new audience to my blog weekly as well as gives my fellow writers a place to promote. When I have time, I’ll post a new blog in between the Tuesdays, but if not, at least my content is never more than a week old. Published writers of any genre, any publisher, and self-published can be featured by filling out my interview questions.

  13. Marja McGraw
    Marja McGraw February 3, 2014 at 10:45 am .

    I’m late chiming in and everyone has pretty much said what I would say, so great post, Sunny. (You’re the one who talked me into starting a blog, and I’m having a lot of fun with it.)
    Marja McGraw

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