Blogher, Tags, and The Divorce Girl

Hmmm…that’s a strange title for a post, isn’t it? But it’ll make sense (and it’s all connected!) when I explain:

First, I added that little blog bling thingie (It’s over there on the sidebar. You did notice it, right?) because Blogher picked up one of my guest posts over at The Muffin.

Er, not that post. The post I wrote about tagging and how checking off those tags is a really helpful thing to do in the selling-books department.

And speaking of really helpful things, let’s talk about blogging. If you’re blogging for fun and pure enjoyment, then honestly, you can do whatever you want (well, within legal limits and such). But if you’re a writer/artist who’s blogging to build a platform or increase exposure or promote your work, then it’s a good idea to be mindful of what you’re putting out there on the wide world of the web. Your blog is you. Your style, your voice, your thoughts. So give it your best effort because you never know what good things may follow.

(Um, it may follow that people steal material off your blog without crediting you. That is not a good thing. So check your name regularly, and if you find someone lifting your work, without your permission, nip it in the bud.)

I was excited when Blogher contacted me about the post the editor wanted to spotlight. But I wouldn’t have had that opportunity if WOW! Women-on-writing hadn’t given me the opportunity to contribute to The Muffin (You can contribute to the Muffin on Fridays when they host a Friday Speak Out like this one. Details for contributing are at the end of the post.) And I wouldn’t be posting over at The Muffin if the editor at WOW! hadn’t read my blog and liked my voice.

See how it’s all connected? (I’m hearing “It’s a Small World” in my head. Okay, now, I’m singing it. Hold on a sec–)

So, put your best blog foot forward. (Oh! But first, zip over to this post about The Divorce Girl to leave a comment. I’ll be drawing a name TOMORROW to win a copy of this engaging YA/Adult novel on a WOW! Blog Book Tour!)

 

The Little (Tag) Things

While researching what the heck a “Like” button could do for an author, I came across some interesting tidbits about tags–and how they can be really helpful in book promotion.

So I wrote up that post for The Muffin today–and if you have a book out there, and that book is available at Amazon, you might want to take a look. Or if you want to do a little something something to help your friend’s book (over at Amazon), then you might want to check out the post as well.

And if you’re sitting there, scratching your head, wondering what the heck a “tag” is, (and you want to be a person in the know), then you can impress your friends and neighbors, just by reading a couple hundred words over at The Muffin.

And finally, if you have a blog, and you want to drive traffic to your blog, don’t forget to use those tags. Sometimes, it really is the little things (like a bowl of tangy, peach ice cream) that can have a big impact.