The last writing prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is basically this: What have you gotten out of it?
1. The best thing is that I’ve met some great new fellow bloggers with interesting posts to share. Most people are relentlessly positive and that’s fascinating and weird to me, so there’s that. But every participant will say that. What else?
2. Bigger Then Jesus, my crime novel got another review because one of those new fellow bloggers decided to take a chance on me after reading my usual nonsense. Cool! Jo Michaels warned me she’d be honest (oh, no!) but it turned out she liked it a lot and gave it a five-star review. Cooler! Yay!
3. I’m writing a best of the blog book called Crack the Indie Author Code: Aspire to Inspire. I’m updating the book and editing again, of course, but in the course of taking the Author Blog Challenge, I added a few new chapters to the coming book!
4. I don’t always stick to the writing prompts, but when I do, I drink Dos Equis. It’s also helpful to have someone else come up with a spark for me to grow into a forest fire for a change. I might have left some ideas alone if not for the prompts and I’m glad I explored those ideas.
5. People like fresh content from the blog owner. They want the voice behind the puppet.
6. I committed to blogging every day and made every deadline despite having two, (yes, two!) books come out this month (The Dangerous Kind & Other Stories came out just last night and I made my deadline for the challenge just before midnight.)
7. Following some of the writing prompts allowed me to talk about some things less self-consciously. I always strive to make my posts entertaining (which makes the occasional self-congratulatory or self-promoting post easier to write as well as read.) It’s easier because somebody else is asking about your books. It feels less yucky when people ask for it.
8. The Author Blog Challenge helped me promote my books to a larger group. Daily readership went up by roughly a third, I think.
9. More people commented on the blog, which is nice. Sometimes it feels like you send information and entertainment out into the ether without an echo. I don’t need every reader to say thanks, but it is pleasant to hear that the message gets received and I’m not just screaming into an empty industrial parking lot, naked and drunk on the hood of my beat up maroon Barracuda on a sunny Sunday afternoon, drinking tequila straight from the bottle while reevaluating my poor life choices, bewildered at where this upsetting Mitt Romney tattoo on my forehead came from…uh…hypothetically.
10. The future. I have some new friends who want to read (and even help promote!) my books and do interviews and such. When you put a lot of energy out, sometimes it pans out into something more. I found the same thing with the Indies Unite for Joshua campaign. The people who tend to get involved in this sort of thing are more helpful, engaged an engaging than those slobs at your office. Yeah, something should happen to those awful slobs… (Wistful sigh.) Where was I?
Since you’ve read this far, I want to give you a little perk. You’ve stuck out the AB Challenge and the trials of this post,
so I have to give you something. Here’s what I propose: Please download my funny, twisty crime novel, Bigger Than Jesus tomorrow (June 28) from Amazon. It’s free on June 28, 2012. If you like it, please review it. (I really want to advertise it more, but I need more reviews first and reviews are, as I’m sure you know, extremely difficult to get sometimes without resorting to doing terrible things.)
Challengers, thank you for blogging, for commenting and for riding on my party bus. I hope you’ll continue to visit and enjoy. Special thanks to Marcie Brock for organizing it and seeing to all the work and the many details behind the scenes of the Author Blog Challenge.
- AB Challenge 25: The 10 Worst Book Acknowledgements. Ever. (chazzwrites.com)
- AB Challenge 22: John Leguizamo, I know you’re reading this. Call me. (chazzwrites.com)
- Author Blog Challenge #26: The demons in my head (chazzwrites.com)
- Author Blog Challenge 18: The Top Ten Reasons You (yes! You!) crave this book (chazzwrites.com)
- Author Blog Challenge: I love the voices in my head (chazzwrites.com)