Friday, October 11, 2013

Blogging Woes

I have realized what a hard sale social media can be, and that's no pun intended. Between making sure you post on your blog, your fan page, and twitter, it can drive you crazy when there's little or no response. It can make you feel as though it's all for not.

And even though the feelings you're having are a normal reaction, it's best to step back and really look at the full picture. Although you seem to get no comments, it could just be that people are busy, or just look at your stats at people that did go to your page. They might have read it, but just didn't answer.

I think a lot of people are shy, too. They don't like to make comments in case they say something they deem as stupid. We are a world of low self-esteemers. And it doesn't help if you're a writer, you already are fighting with thinking you aren't liked and your book(s) aren't either.

This is when you need to take a deep breath in and blow it out slowly. Then count your blessings. Sit back and think: Who are your fans? Who has supported you though your writing endeavors? I think you'll find there are people out there that are appreciative of you and your work.

Life's to short to get caught up in whether or not you get a lot of comments on your blog or fan page. As people get to know you, you will start seeing more and more comments. Just relax and keep doing what you're doing.

It will all work out in the end with the longer you do it and the more your name gets noticed. 

The most important thing is to keep writing and put out great books! It's not just about how many books you write, it's about the quality if you want to gain popularity. And remember, your blog is not about your books, it's about you!

So do it right, and keep on doing it. It will be worth it!

Until next week, keep your chin up and enjoy the weekend, you deserve it!

Love, Lisa




8 comments:

  1. I feel that way all the time. It's even weirder when you have a series out there. In the past, I've had the first book sell, then a few weeks later the second, then the third (unless it's The Legion Rises--the first book of that was a little scattered and doesn't always bring in new readers; I've been tempted for a while to take all three parts offline and just let people buy the omnibus). The fourth has been out since August now, and only one sale of it, which isn't even a quarter of the number for the previous episodes. It's disappointing, since I would have dozens sales of it if everyone who's purchased the first book progressed all the way through.

    But this is a slow month. People are going back to school and university. Some businesses are really busy between August and October (I know ours does; it doesn't settle down until November). People are saving money for Christmas gifts. Statistically, I sell the best December through April (though I did have some sales in August and September of 2012). I guess we'll find out if that's the going trend for me or not.

    I'm now working on a proper website for my books, which I will put up by the end of the year. The site will cover what the current Wordpress page does. Then I will turn the Wordpress page into a regular blog that will be linked off the main site. And, although I hate the idea of it, I will get Twitter. Why? Because I'm currently taking a course to study for my insurance licensing exam. I want to make a decent salary, but at the same time, I don't like my job. I doubt making more money will change that. Thus, my writing needs to replace my salary within the next few years or I will go insane. I guess I will eventually set up a Facebook page, too.

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    1. Yeah, it's hard to have to do all this social media stuff to sell your books, but it does help the more people you are in touch with. As they get to know you they will opt to check out your books. Just hang in there, it will be worth it in the long run. I do still need to read your non-fiction book on publishing. I will get to it soon. I've had so much going on right now and my head feels almost cloudy from it all, but I haven't forgotten you. I will start tonight on it, I promise!

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    2. That's okay, it goes into far too much detail in a lot of the early parts. I'll be eventually (it's not as high a priority as any other writing endeavour) breaking it down into a better structure so that there will be more generalized information up front that is useful for everyone before getting into the highly detailed material.

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    3. Yeah, as I was reading through it that was going to be one of my suggestions. Putting it in a way where it is step by step so that people could follow and understand. Let me know if you need me to take a look at it at some point.

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  2. You're on my RSS feed, Lisa, so be assured that I read them all. I just don't comment frequently. :)

    It must be hard to keep writing them with only Ryan consistently for companionship. Ha ha. :)

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    1. Yeah, Ryan is a loyal commenter, but I appreciate it! Also you and Johnny are good about posting on my site, too!

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  3. Thank you Lisa. often times I ask myself why I keep posting my post on FB. I only get one or two comments. Like you have stated, perhaps they are too busy, or have no idea as to how to comment. I'll just leave it at that. Blessings.

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    1. yes, it can be frustrating but don'rt let it stop you. Eventually someone posts! ;-)

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