Call the men in white coats. You know, the guys carrying straightjackets.
Because I did it again.
I started another blog.
You gotta understand two things. First of all, I recently promised myself that my Pro Human Vegan blog would be The End of starting blogs for me. I would use Live Your Dreams With Emily as my author and personal blog, and use the other as an outlet for my interest in all things vegan.
Second, my starting blogs has become a sad joke between my husband and me since I began my first one in 2009. I’d start one blog, go with it for a while, then follow a shiny object which would lead me to start another blog. I would get sick of that latter one and give it up while starting two more blogs, all the while maintaining the original blog.
Finally, a few years ago I made The Ultimate Declaration: “I’m never going to blog again!” I even cancelled my webhosting.
In my world, “ultimate” means “a definite maybe.”
Which brings us to…
Eventually, I changed my mind and started my Live Your Dreams With Emily blog. It was supposed to:
- help me make money with the MLM I belonged to at the time, and
- encourage other people to follow their dreams.
By making money with me, with the MLM I belonged to at the time.
But before I’d had my latest blog for two years, I quit MLM. And was really, really sick of telling people how to straighten out their finances and eat healthy. So I started talking about my family and our homestead.
During the past few months, I went back and forth in my head, trying to decide whether I should start a separate personal/author blog. One day I would tell myself that I never liked the domain “liveyourdreamswithemily” and that anyway, and author blog is supposed to have the author’s name in it somewhere.
The next day I would tell myself that I’ve already got a small following on my blog, and that the domain name really isn’t all that important.
My “final” decision was to stick with Live Your Dreams With Emily. I was even regretting starting Pro Human Vegan.
I should give you this heads up…
I am in my late forties, and as such I go through long periods (okay, three days to a week, but they feel much longer!) when I am so exhausted, I can barely take care of basic household tasks. And/or I have a headache for four days. And/or I can’t focus on anything. It’s like I’ve got a flock of birds soaring back and forth through my head, swishing my brain this way and that.
And making me kinda dizzy in the process.
I was in a period like that when I was regretting starting my Pro Human Vegan blog. During that same period, I was never going to write another novel.
So just FYI, if I’m ever gone from this blog for a week or more, no worries. I’m most probably slogging my way through one of those perimenopausal events.
Another FYI – whenever I make a “final” decision during one of those periods, it will not be final.
And then, I woke up
All the ick lifted. I was my ambitious, goal-oriented, visionary self again.
And I knew I wanted to keep writing novels. And to blog.
I also knew that I was going to do it right this time. I was actually going to sell my work.
Enter Tim Grahl’s book, Book Launch Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To A Bestselling Launch. He told me I needed to:
- Start an e-mail list, (sign up in the right sidebar, right over there====>>)
- Ask my fans to help me launch my books, (sign up in the right sidebar, right over there====>>), AND
- Contact bloggers and podcasters to help me launch my books. (sign up in the right sidebar, right over there====>>)
He told me nothing new, only to do the marketing that I already knew I needed to do. But have I done any of that? NO-O-O! Instead, I have dug my heels in and said, “No! No e-mail marketing! No figuring out launches! I’m going to do it my way!”
Which is fine, if you don’t want many people to buy your books.
But I was finally ready for the kick in the pants that Tim provided. I wanted people to start seeing me as a serious author, and if that was going to happen, I would need to start taking myself seriously as an author.
In other words, no more playing house.
I would have to join an e-mail subscription service, and beg my fans to sign up to my list (sign up in the right sidebar, right over there====>>). And I would be consistent about my writing.
A-a-a-annd…start an official author blog. With my name in it.
So, here you go. And here I go, being consistent. Publishing my first post to my blog.
Thanks for visiting; y’all come back now, y’hear?
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