Monday, December 16, 2013

Blogging - A Seminar on How To

Friday I attended a program and lunch with Firm Answers Now in Murphy, NC.  John Fleischer presented a program on blogging and how to effectively use your blog to reach your target audience.

I sat with Mary Sedrick from BrightBridge Women 's Business Center who came over from Chattanooga, TN. Her company, in conjunction with the Small Business Association, helps women entrepreneurs grow successful businesses.

It pleased me to learn that I am doing what I should with all my blogging - posting two or three times a week, posting content that my viewers appreciate (well, most of the time), visiting other blogs and leaving comments. I like that John talked about tags and how we should use them and links to other sites. The one thing John didn't tell me was how I can find more time for blogging. 

He said we should know our niche or our target audience before setting up our blog. On my Writers Circle blog, I stay focused on writing, and posts related to writing. On this blog, Writing Life Stories, I focus on my personal life, my life as a writer and teacher, and my stories about my life, my family and family history. I want everyone to know that it is never too late to write about your life.

I try not to hit my readers over the head promoting my books and my business, but I do promote books by other writers. I want to create interesting and informative posts for my readers.

Thank you, Mary Fonda, at Moss Memorial Library, for sending those folks my way. It was a most informative couple of hours. I am happy to see interest in helping women with business start-ups. Women can work from home, or open a small shop that will grow with the proper guidance and financial advice. BrightBridge services reach into Clay and Cherokee Counties of North Carolina.

Do you, or have you ever owned your own business? What do you think are the challenges to being your own boss?


Brenda Kay Ledford said...

This sounds like a great workshop. Thank you for sharing this information with us.
I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and joyful New Year.

Glenda Beall said...

Brenda Kay,
Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment. Merry Christmas to you and Blanche.

Vagabonde said...

That was an interesting post. I did not know that blogs could be used as a business. I also do not know anything about tags or links. I started my blog at the urging of my daughter – to talk about my recollections from France – but I mostly talk about my travels. I do not have a “target reader” in mind – actually I was very surprised when people started reading my blog – but I love reading the comments. I only post once a week or more because my posts are long. I enjoy blogging because my husband has Alzheimer and we are isolated here – so for me, it’s an outlet - like having friends, which I don’t have around me (plus I can’t leave him alone) – it is not easy, so going on the computer helps me a lot. Another thing is that when he sees the pictures on my blog, he remembers where we went – well, a little. I keep track of comments and try to go and visit each blog, but I am always behind. Right now I am responding to comments that were written in late November-early December.

Glenda Beall said...

Vagabonde, I love your blog and the wonderful pictures you share of your travels. How nice that your husband can remember some of the past through your blog. Your blog is so interesting that your readers just keep coming back.We all hope to have interesting content, and you do.
As writers, we want to build an identity, and a following of our work. How nice for you to just create a post with no concern as to how many people read it. You do it for the enjoyment of blogging. Many people do that. I love blogging and reading blogs.