It’s the first Wednesday of the month. Time for the #IWSG. Today I’d like to thank Alex J Cavanaugh and his trusty co-hosts who will do the rounds, making sure everyone’s post gets a look in.
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Today I invited a long-time blogger friend from back in the day when blogging seemed so much simpler and yes, friendlier. I was sorry when my friend Ann Best, known to many of you, decided twice that she could no longer handle blogging. Thankfully, this successful memoir author is back with a WordPress blog where she hopes to garner new readers.
Ever wonder about SEO? Well today Ann is sharing with us what she’s hoping to achieve. At the moment she’s feeling somewhat insecure as she builds her audience. I hope by putting Ann front and centre on my blog today, a little of her insecurity will float away as you make her welcome.
Over to you , Ann…
It’s wonderful to be blogging again.
It really is.
I’ve missed you, “Old Friend from Far Away.”
That’s the title of a wonderful memoir I just bought by Natalie Goldberg, and it reminds me of “old” blogger friends. Of so many of you who are still “out there.” I hope you’ll stay around for a while because it’s so true what Ms. Goldberg says in her almost-haiku introduction:
To have an old friend visit
from far away—
what a delight!
Memoir is the genre that life led me to, culminating, when I was 58, in a rough draft of my published memoir, my first and probably only published memoir, In the Mirror. A Memoir of Shattered Secrets, published by WiDo Publishing.
Though you never know. I didn’t know about two years ago, at age 73+, feeling overwhelmed from over 28 years of caring for my disabled daughter, that I would ever come back to blogging.
Why am I back?
Because I like people, and I like to write.
Because I thought, I’ve written a memoir that I’d like some more people to read. We’re all insecure about finding new readers – aren’t we? We all would like to make some money with our writing – wouldn’t we? And even if we get a traditional publisher, we still have to do our own marketing, something that most of us are insecure about.
And so . . .
I was browsing the Internet. I think I was on Facebook when I saw the advertisement: Join Wealthy Affiliate. Turn Any Passion Into a Successful Marketing Business. This is where you promote other’s products. But I soon decided, after joining, that I’d set up a site to promote my own product – my book. And with WordPress you can monetize (mine isn’t a free one).
I’ve been walked through building the site, the basics. I’ve learned about keywords (extremely important) and search engine optimization. And more.
Still learning. I don’t intend to be a marketing guru. Mainly just a blogger. And a writer. You write copy, or in my case it’s more personal essay.
I know the unspoken rule these days in blogging is to be short and sweet, but you need at least 1500 words for the search engines to notice you they say. And at least five posts. And more. And more.
I’ve managed two posts so far.
I’m having a wonderful time.
I feel energized.
Ideas are everywhere.
As a personal blogger, I stroll through my childhood, teen years, marriage, divorce, disasters. And research what others have written. IMO there’s always something to write about.
It won’t be exactly like the good ol’ blogger days – the world has changed. But I’m so happy to be back, and look forward to reconnecting with “old” friends “far away.”
Thank you Ann.
You can find Ann’s new WordPress blog HERE. Please visit and say hello and check out her latest post, The Walking Wounded!
Ann didn’t ask me to promote her book, but it can’t hurt if you like to read memoir.
- Have you ever taken a long blogging break?
- How difficult was it to return to regular blogging and find readers?
- Are you on WordPress or do you find blogspot satisfactory? Or are you on both (like me).
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And the Write…Edit…Publish (WEP) winners are announced today! Please visit and congratulate three clever authors if you have the time!