Went to Blogcritics today and found my name right at the top under the publisher’s and listed as the Blogcritic of the Day. Given that they have a pool of more than 1,500 bloggers, I’m delighted to be chosen.
For those who haven’t been here before, I’ve been blogging for a number of years and about two years ago I started contributing to Blogcritics.org. In that time, they’ve grown to become huge online magazine with more than 100,000 hits per day. I’ve reviewed books and even had one of my books reviewed and subsequently chosen for syndication. In addition, Blogcritics will sometimes submit my reviews to the online syndication Advance.net. The syndication is affiliated with a number of online newspapers.
Why do I blog? Well, for one thing I love to talk about writing and publishing. As you’ll discover if you read further, my blog centers around the craft and business of writing. My one rule is that I cannot post anything unless I can bend or slant or somehow make the topic relevant to writing or publishing. For another, it’s a good way to build a name and a reputation. It’s also a good way to get your books reviewed or mentioned in different venues.
Will over at Youngest of One has not only read and review my YAs, he even spent his own money.
Obviously, I needed another method by which to utilize all the effort still remaining. So, I read a book. Admittedly, it was not a lengthy book. Still, I can’t help but feel gleeful saying that I read a whole book today. The book was Video Magic by Vikk Simmons, talented author and kindly friend of “Youngest of One.” As you may recall, months ago I had some very good things to say about her first novel, Divided Loyalties, and my reaction to this more recent book is just as positive. Throughout the book, character development is genuinely remarkable. It wasn’t only my effort that practically glued the book to my hands today; it was the story as well. I highly recommend Video Magic to all the folks in my general age group (Feb 23, 2006)
…but there is one very important recommendation I must make—last night I finished reading “Divided Loyalties” by Vikk Simmons, and it was absolutely delightful. I highly recommend it to all teenage-types (confused and non-confused alike…assuming there are any non-confused teenagers, which is not entirely likely). (Sept 11, 2005)
I’ve also had my blog, my name, and my books featured in posts on several business-oriented blogs, including Wayne Hurlburt’s over at Blog Business World. He featured Best seller list book marketing experiment : Blog Business World
All this goes to expanding the universe for my work. I even had an invitation from MJ Rose to submit a post to one of her blogs, Buzz, Balls and Hype. But mostly I do it because I like it. And no, I don’t post every day. What matters is the content of your posts when you do post.
I enjoy the complete process of writing from the initial creative spark to the final edit with the finishing touches. It doesn’t matter whether I’m writing a novel, reviewing a great book, writing an essay about a subject that has been rumbling around in my brain for a while or responding to a recent headline.
Why do I submit material to Blogcritics? Well, when I joined up a couple of years ago they had about 700 writers signed up. Now they 1,500 and receive 100,000 hits a day. It helps that they are great people, from the publishers and owners, Eric Olsen and Phillip Winn, on down. They provide a venue for me to contribute content that is apart from writing and publishing. Also, when I do articles, in addition to the books that pertain to the review or post I can also include my books at the end of the article. Now, I don’t do it every time but I do take advantage of it. It’s just one more way to get my books out there. For more info on Blogcritics.org, read here.
I hope you have some time to read through my blog and let me know what you think.
A little housekeeping here: My domain name is www.thewriterspath.com but I’m in the middle of changing domain registrars so the address is showing up as the Typepad one.