It’s All About the Blog, ’bout the Blog…

The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Blog is a labor of love for those volunteers who spend a year or two here as regular monthly contributors and those who write guestposts  from time to time. The goal is to provide an extra source of information about programs; to educate, motivate, and inspire; and to offer opportunities for RMFW members to share their specialized knowledge.

The blog would also be a good way to introduce more of our members to each other. The organization is growing every year, and there are way too many new members we don't get a chance to meet unless we run into them at a workshop or at Colorado Gold.

Co-editor Julie Kazimer and I have discussed doing a monthly (or twice monthly when we have enough open spots) RMFW member Q&A series, similar to what we do now with our Spotlight series on board members. At the most, however, we would only introduce 24 members in a year. That's not a huge percentage of our membership. Still, there are ways to increase member participation. Perhaps a "Three Members, Three Questions" series? Other ideas are welcome.

I'm going to get things rolling with a simpler series inviting members to share the link to one of their social media sites.

Today it's all about the blog.

Your blog, that is. Do you have one?

If yes, please leave your name and/or pseudonym and your blog's url in the comments below. Also tell us what you write about on your blog (your writing life, writing tips, writing instruction, book reviews, guest authors, etc.).

And then I encourage all readers to drop by and visit your fellow members' blogs. Read a post (or two, if you have time). If possible, leave a comment. Comments make a blogger's day so much better.

 

Patricia Stoltey
Patricia grew up on a farm in central Illinois so naturally had to use the old farm in her first mystery. The second Sylvia and Willie tale takes place near and in the little touristy gold mining town of Oatman, Arizona. Patricia's third novel, a standalone suspense called Dead Wrong, was released November 2014. Dead Wrong was a finalist in the thriller category for the Colorado Book Awards. Visit her blog at http://patriciastolteybooks.com

41 thoughts on “It’s All About the Blog, ’bout the Blog…

  1. Well, now that I’ve discovered my RMFW password, I hope to stop by a little more frequently! It’s tough to keep up with all the social media out there! To be totally honest, I’d forgotten about the RMFW blog, but since your contact to write a post, I’ve been following it, and it’s been fun! Really enjoyable reads! Thank you, again, for including me into the RMFW stable! :-]

    Since I’d already posted my info in the previous post, I won’t saturate myself here. But I love these ideas, Patricia! Especially the “Three Questions” series with multiple members! Sounds fun! I look forward to seeing more about other members!

  2. I love the idea of three questions series. At the last few conferences I’ve spent more time catching up with people I know but never see and not nearly enough time meeting new people. Please, let’s do a virtual meet and greet!

  3. I am not a member, but a follower. I live in North Georgia, Blue Ridge to be precise. I enjoy writing fiction, but the Writers’ Group here consists of poets and memoirs. Thus far, I’ve only located one other fiction writer, so we get together.
    I discovered your group via social media from an author on Facebook. I’ve read so many authors from your area, I can’t remember whose name was the connection. Anywho, I clicked “Like” and have followed ever since. Glad I came across your site.

    • Welcome, Pam. You might enjoy becoming a member of RMFW (the dues are small) so you can also receive the most excellent RMFW newsletter and e-mailed updates. Even though you’re a little too far away to enjoy our monthly free programs, we’d love to see you at the Colorado Gold Conference in September. It’s an amazing experience for fiction writers! Meanwhile, keep on visiting the blog. You’ll learn good stuff and find even more authors and books to enjoy.

    • Thanks, Betsy! I’ll be looking forward to your series, too. I feature guest authors on my own blog, so I know how much fun that is…although I end up adding way too many new books to my TBR list. I’ll never catch up.

  4. Welcome aboard my Sea of Words blog — mostly about my writing life. I I welcome guest bloggers to share theirs. Mostly I write historical fiction and contemporary YA fiction — and I’m a playwright too. In England right now, to attend the Weymouth Leviathan Maritime Literary Festival. Thanks for allowing me to share my website and WordPress blog! http://www.lindacollison.com/

    • I attempted to leave a comment of congratulations on your site, Linda (and note I added Water Ghosts to my “Want to Read” list on Goodreads. The comment didn’t show, so I’m going to assume you’re moderating them?

  5. I have several blogs.

    My main blog is at http://nathanlowell.com

    That’s the umbrella blog where I talk about what’s new, what’s coming, and where I might appear next in public. It’s where I collect links to my various multimedia productions, interviews, and my catalog. I stash a PR kit there for people who need press bio or photo. It’s also where I keep the main email signup widget for people who want to subscribe to my new release notices.

    I have two genre specific blogs – http://solarclipper.com for science fiction, and http://lammaswood.com for fantasy. These tend to get short shrift in terms of attention but I keep track of comments and make it a point to respond to them when I see them.

    I also do a somewhat daily podcast that’s supported on by a blog at Talking On My Morning Walk (http://nathanlowell.com/tommw). That’s a “brain dump” podcast where I walk for a mile and think, listen to music, or just try to be in the moment. In the second mile, I turn on the recorder in my phone and just talk about whatever I’m thinking about that day. Yesterday I talked about B&N’s problems with Nook and why I don’t even try to sell my books there any more. (I didn’t walk today and probably won’t get back out until tomorrow.)

    My philosophy on blogging is that I only write when I have something to say, although I try to keep a new post up at least once a month to let the fans know I’m still alive. My perspective is that the quality content they want to see most is “the next book” and any amount of time spent not writing that is time I’ll never get back. As a result, I spend little time trying to make regular posts on the blogs and focus on trying to get the words herded into my manuscripts instead.

    I’m up for three questions if you want to toss some my way.

    😀

  6. I write the blog, ALL THINGS LITERARY/ALL THINGS NATURAL: A blog for those who desire a more creative relationship with the natural world. (Received Colorado Authors League Best Blog of the Year Award in 2013). My last two posts explore fiction elements. “The Vengeful Heart that Drives Moby Dick and The Revenant” and “Colleen, the Irish Girl Meets Katherine Anne Porter, O.Henry, and David Sedaris.”

  7. Thanks for leaving the link to Sisters of the Quill, Karen. Have you ladies thought of adding an option to subscribe by email?

    As a matter of fact, I should ask that question of everyone who doesn’t offer an email subscription (including myself — mine didn’t work so I removed it and am trying to figure out how to add the option back in).

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