How do you set yourself up to write? Are you a lap top on the sofa or a pad and pen in the garden shed? Are you easily distracted or do you distance yourself from loved ones and pets? Setting up is quite hard to do. But setting up to write has nothing to compare to setting up a blog.
When I started thinking about this blog, I crashed into the idea full tilt and thought “This will be a piece of cake!”. That’s when my beautiful husband slowed me down and made me think about what I wanted to achieve. I didn’t know! I just want to write and get my writing out there. Next question – how? On a blog duh! What sort of blog? Um wordpress? What are you going to call it? Something fantastic (sounding a little less confident now). How are you going to host the blog? What the hell is hosting…Are you going to have a brand? No I’m not a shop. Yes you are – you are selling yourself. You can’t just expect to write any old thing and expect people to tune in. How often are going to post? When I’ve written something. No that won’t work – it has to be a regular post so that people get used to you and know where and when to find you.
So instead of writing exactly what I wanted, I had to come up with a plan! I found myself reading articles about hosting websites and looking at other author websites and finding things I liked the look of or didn’t in many cases. It was a lot of reading of the kind that I don’t like…articles [yawn]. I have made a schedule to make sure that I get enough pieces written. I have chosen themes for how the website looks and layouts and a name. I’ve set up the coordinating Facebook and Twitter accounts. I am apparently a brand.
Only now can I sit on my sofa with the laptop and a hot chocolate and write about fun stuff.
So far, it’s been quite hard graft and that’s good. It should be hard otherwise it will never be worthwhile.
“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.” Thomas Edison
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” Stephen King