As part of my goal to grow my author platform and blog, I recently signed up for this Blogging 101 course, designed for helping new bloggers get a head start. While I’ve already been blogging regularly for a few months I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my blog, and figured this would be as good start. The course started today, and the first assignment has gone live; write a post about who I am and why I’m here.
It’s a good question, especially bearing in mind my previous post about how important defined motivations are for fictional characters. If it’s important for made up people, how much more important is it for me, a living and breathing soul?
So, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Daniel. I am (among other things) a writer and reader. It’s nice to meet you.
I started this public blog primarily to find and engage with other writers and readers.
I’ve enjoyed telling stories for as long as I can remember. When I discovered and participated in Nanowrimo back in 2012, I suddenly realised it was entirely possible for me to write a novel. I remember one night, when my friend and I were discussing life, the universe and everything, he told me to quit messing around; If I was serious about this writing business, get on with it. Less dreaming, more doing.
With that in mind, I started keeping a blog. Looking back at that first post, I had my goal clearly in mind:
‘I’m starting this blog, with the primary purpose of chronicling my endeavors to publish a book, to share my thoughts and hopefully, somewhere along the way, to entertain. ‘
I typically write about my experiences and lessons learned in the process of writing. I’ve enjoyed this, and have had the opportunity to interact with some great writers. However, as the blog progresses I would like to connect with readers of all sorts, but particularly those who would be interested in reading the kind of books I’m writing.
Confession time. Writing that last paragraph made me feel rather uncomfortable. It almost feels underhanded, that I’m trying to find readers to trick into reading my books.
But isn’t that what all writing is about? We write so that somebody will read, even if it’s only ourselves. If we tweet, blog, write poetry or novels, we do it with the idea that someone, somewhere will read it.
As a reader, I don’t feel like I’m being taken advantage of when I read a writer’s blog. It’s like any service. I love to read the thoughts of other writers, to see behind the scenes, and to see what stories they’ve written and what stories they’re working on.
So yes, along with writers I would like to find and connect with people who love to read as much as I do. If they like to read thrillers, that would be great. And if they like to read the thrillers I write, well then that’s the cherry on top.
I’m not looking for ‘customers.’ I’m looking to connect with travelers and dreamers, thrill junkies and romantics. I want to write stories that’ll take people on a journey, and I want to engage with the kind of people who want to share that journey.
Well, that’s my introduction. There’s my story. What’s yours?