Wednesday, August 21, 2019

#AuthorToolboxBlogHop Aug2019

Thanks to the amazing Raimey Gallant, this month brings us another chance to share some writing wisdom. Please check out the other participants on this list. I'm excited for all the new members of the bloghop this month. I learn so much every month, I can't recommend joining this group enough.

I've spent the last five days thinking about what I should blog about this month. I'm going through one of those phases where I feel like I don't know anything about anything. It's not the same as impostor syndrome which we all know about. It's a feeling that I'm  not expert enough on anything to give someone else advice. So I couldn't think of a topic to blog about. While mowing our huge lawn, inspiration hit me.

A blog is only useful if it draws readers. Drawing readers means I need interesting content. How do I come up with that content after blogging for over ten years? Here are some ideas I fall back on when I need a topic.

Guests!!! I love guests. Would you like to guest on my blog the next time you want to promote something. I try for one or two guests per month though the summer is a bit slow. I don't post excerpts, but I have some simple guidelines that means creating your post will only take you a short time. Contact me if you have something to promote. sgourleyauthor at gmail.

World Building!  I write science fiction romance and epic fantasy so lots of world building going on in my novels. A few short paragraphs giving examples of herbs or other medical remedies used in a medieval world can be fun. The food in a fantasy world like in this article at Mythic Scribes.

Five Things or Ten Things!  Lists are wonderful things and numbers attract the eye when it comes to reading blogs. Chuck Wendig does posts with guests where they share five things they learned while writing their book. Here's an example by Rob Hart. You can come up with your own lists. Like five reasons you love your local bookstore. Five things you hated about season 8 of GoT. Five books or authors that inspired you to become a writer.

Quotes!  By your favorite authors or quotes to inspire. Google your mood and you'll find lists of quotes. Or find them on Pinterest.

"Nothing is too small to know, and nothing is too big to attempt." Sir William C, Van Horne

"Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses." Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Workspace!  If you're like me, you rearrange and change your work space whenever you need to procrastinate. Share those pictures and make your fellow writers envious. Check out a few of my recent inspirational additions. My daughter bought me the globe for Mother's Day.

Do you ever run dry of ideas for blogging? What can you add to my list? Want to be a guest on my blog? Are you jealous of my globe and dragon?








22 comments:

  1. That is a really cool globe and dragon.
    As long as people keep making movies, I'll always have something to blog about.

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  2. Mowing is a good way to do some good thinking. lol I get a lot of ideas for writing or solve everyday problems while ruminating as I mow.

    Thanks for the link for the blog hop. Ann

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  3. Loved the globe and the dragon. I'm sure you'll never run out of ideas for blog posts, Susan 🌹

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  4. Books! I just did a post about my favorites from this summer. :)

    I enjoyed this post, Susan - all good reminders/jumping off points. Thanks!

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  5. All great guest-post ideas.

    Just so you know, I don't share my expert advice. I share my latest how-to write discovery. ;-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  6. Good ideas.

    My workspace and office is so packed it would scare people.

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  7. I happened to mention, years ago, that I had always wanted a globe so a friend bought me one for Christmas. Nice of her. No dragon though. As for blogging, I just "blether" as the Scots would say plus of course usually share a recipe.

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  8. I call those phases "life". I'm also pretty sure that anyone who visits my blog realizes I ran out of ideas long ago :P

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  9. You gave excellent tips! I often get inspiring blog entries in the middle of the night but then forget them by the morning.

    betty

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  10. OMG, that globe! Love it. I adore blogs about lists. I think in lists a lot of the time, so, yes, please blog all the lists everyone! By the way, I didn't know what I was going to write this month either. I finished the post at like 5 in the morning on Tuesday, lol.

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  11. The cat can go on and on and on and on and...you get the picture haha sure great ideas indeed though, as over the years I've seen them at your place used time and time again. But no farmers almanac?

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  12. Not jealous of your globe, but i do like it, it's beautiful.

    You have some excellent ideas for sparking your creative juices.

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  13. I don't seem to enter so many bloghops these days....must remedy that. Loved the post Susan.

    Yvonne.

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  14. Guest posting would be awesome, when I eventually finish my book I'll keep you in mind, especially as I also write sci-fi/fantasy (with a hint of romance :) )

    I love the idea of lists and quote posts, and I adore your dragon globe (very jealous!)

    I've found blogging once a week works for me, and I only really struggle for ideas once a month as I have a schedule (Updates/a short story/author toolbox) for the other three weeks :)

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  15. Love the globe! I want one... Mm, maybe for my next birthday ;-) Great post :-)

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  16. I love lists and how-to articles. I especially enjoy having guests on my blog. It's fun to get to know guest authors one-to-one and definitely need to communicate when hosting or guesting. Thanks for offering to host us. You're welcome to be my guest anytime on the Focused on Story blog.
    JQ Rose

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  17. That is a very good list. I love seeing people's workspaces. We are so varied as authors in what inspires us.

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  18. I feel the same when it comes to giving out advice. I was worried about doing this hop for that very reason, but so far so good. I agree with trying to come up with engaging content. I'm not even sure who the target audience is for my blog. Perhaps I should give that some thought.

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  19. Hi Susan - I left my blog open ended, so with luck I wouldn't run out of ideas ... I've done a few guest blog posts ... and had only one or two on my blog - when I get things out into the published world ... then I guess my world will change. You've given us lots of ideas though - cheers Hilary

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  20. Those are great blogging ideas, especially to keep content relevant and interesting.

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