What 4.5 Years and 1 Million Views of Blogging Have Taught Me

This is a very special blog post, written by August McLaughlin, an award-winning, nationally recognized health and sexuality writer and host and creator of Girl Boner®. She writes about blogging. Her own blog has gotten over 1 million views over the weekend. I’m sure I’m not the only one finding very interesting what her experiences are! Congratulations August!!

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About four and a half years ago, I asked my then agent what I could do to better my odds of success as an author, other than writing and writing some more. Among his chief suggestions? Start a blog.

Write for free in the spare time I don’t exactly have? It sounded like dreadful homework, but like many writers, I was eager to do whatever it took to move forward. That “whatever” turned out to be one of the most important professional decisions I’ve made.

Over the weekend, my blog reached 1 million views. While numbers are by far not the most important thing and all relative, this felt pretty awesome—especially considering I recall very well a time I nearly pleaded people to check it out. (Uh, that’s not a suggestion.)

PLEASE? I'll do anything!PLEASE? I’ll do anything!

Some writers might hear “a million views” and think, “Yeah, but it was all for FREE!”…

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When heaven strikes ( A failed m/m romance novel)

This excellent writer, author F. E. Feeley, published a blog post with what he called a “failed” mm-romance novel. I read it – and I enjoyed the read immensely. It’s in many ways not only unique, its writing style makes it flow like water and glide into the head. In particular it shows the authors’ enormous talent. I’d like to invite you to read “When Heaven strikes”.

Selling Books in the Digital Age—We ALL Have an Image Problem & Here’s What To Do

Here’s another fantastic blog post, written by Kristen Lamb. Her posts are very interesting, educational and in a simply great way humorous. There’s so much to learn from Kristen. Each of her posts is like opening the door to another part of the world. Thank you Kristen.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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We live in a wonderful age to be a writer but a terrifying one as well. It’s wonderful because there was a time when we could have gone to our graves without ever seeing our work published and holding our work physically in our hands. Now? Good news is everyone gets a chance. Bad news is everyone gets a chance.

Before self-publishing took off, I was not a fan of the whole idea. The reason? I knew the problems it was going to create. We were opening a door we could never close.

When we had gatekeepers, there was an assumed standard. To say we were “published authors” actually meant something. Now? It means next to nothing.

Great you’re a published author. So is my cat.

Johnny Cat wants to write his memoir... Johnny Cat wants to write his memoir…

With barriers to entry removed, we’ve created a…

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Bloggers Bash 2016 – Venue Announcement

Sasha Black has published the venue announcement of the Annual Bloggers Bash 2016. I would love to go – but I’m not sure it will work for me this year. Anyone else who would like to participate? spread word about it! 🙂 Thank you Sasha.

Sacha Black

ABBA 2016The Bloggers Bash Committee said this year would be bigger and better – and trust me, it will be. We, the committee, have plans afoot to make it a cracking day.

If you don’t know what the bash is, it’s an annual get together for bloggers everywhere. The bash is open to everyone, whether you blog about writing, cooking, parenthood, beauty, fishing or anything in between, this is the event for you. AND irrespective of blogging platform – so if you have friends from other platforms please let them know.

The event is open to any blogger from any blogging platform – and please, if you aren’t a wordpress blogger – share this post.

This is the chance for you to meet (in real life) all those firm friends you have made through blogging. This year, the bash is on Saturday the 11th June, in London, England.

I said we had plans…

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