In fact, two boys from my church's youth group, Mike and Daniel Blackaby, who are both best-selling authors now, were "discovered" by someone reading their wildly popular blogs first. I'm sure being the grandsons of "Experiencing God" author, Henry Blackaby, may have attributed to some of their success, but their blogs have definitely launched their writing careers. I am so blessed and honoured to have been their Sunday School teacher ...I can always say, "I knew them when...!"
Blogging. Who knew that I would enjoy the experience of blogging perhaps even more than I do writing books! In fact, if I were totally honest, I am sure I have more people following my blog than have actually read my books. Blogging has become a way for me to connect with people on a personal level and the feedback I receive from readers makes me very aware that this is way more than a writing platform for me, it has become a ministry.
If you are an author, it is vitally important to have a blog. Write from the heart and write often.
A good rule of thumb when blogging:
1. Write at least 1 - 3 times a week. (Yes, it's a lot of work sometimes, but the more you write, the more engaged you are with your readers.)I would highly recommend to those authors and writers who are contemplating starting a blog to go to Michael Hyatt's blog for suggestions on how to set up a blog, what to write about, etc. etc. He is a "professional" blogger and has some common sense advice to seasoned and rookie bloggers alike.
2. Write what interests you and what will interest your reader.
3. Don't be long-winded. It's hard to tell a writer to keep it brief, but readers who read blogs want "short and sweet" articles. Think about your blog like a devotional - brief and to the point.
Lynn Dove calls herself a Christ-follower, a wife, a mom, a grandmother, a teacher and a writer (in that order). She is the author of award winning books: The Wounded Trilogy. Her blog, Journey Thoughts won a Canadian Christian Writing Award - 2011. She has also had essays published in LifeWay magazines: "HomeLife" and "Parenting Teens", "Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith" and "Chicken Soup for the Soul - Parenthood" (March 2013). Readers may connect with Lynn on Facebook, Twitter and on her blog: Journey Thoughts and on her website: www.shootthewounded.org