If I were to choose to monetize my blog I would most likely choose Google Adsense, at least at present. I think this would be a good choice for me right now because I do not know much about technological matters and so having someone else do the technological work for me would be best. I think that I use keywords in my post and so Google would be able to provide me with appropriate ads. As time goes on though and I cultivate my blog more I think I would like to do sponsorships/partnerships to monetize my blog. I think sponsorships/partnerships would be a good idea because I could sponsor with companies that appeal to crafting and children.I see a lot of nanny/mom blogs that so sponsorships/partnerships and so for that reason I also think that my type of blog would work well with a sponsorship/partnership.
Carmen, Rebecca, Valeriya, Brooke, Erin
- Have a blogging schedule
- Read articles and blogs on your topic to inspire you
- Follow blogs that have the same topic as you
- Have friends follow you and keep tabs on you to motivate you
- Setting a reminder to blog
- Don’t overload your schedule, be realistic
- Blogging ahead of time when you know you’re going to be busy
- Blog when you are inspire so that when you go through a dry spell you have an archive
- Blog about something that interests you, that you can easily find content for
- Ask your readers questions so that you can be encourage by their responses to keep going
- Advertise your blog on Twitter with popular hashtags
As a personal stand I prefer to read blogs in which the blogger does not fin their identity. Though I understand why some people want to or have to blog anonymously those types of blogs usually don’t interest me. Most of the blogs I read are either food, mommy/nanny, or the occasional beauty blog and so there is no reason for anonymity. I like these kinds of blogs because you can still get a taste of who the person really is while having a face or name to link it to. I tend to wonder is a blogger is anonymous if they are really speaking their mind or if they are creating a whole new identity. I do understand the need for anonymity if you are living in a country unlike ours but if you are here I feel like it could be different. I think that people should feel a responsibility for what they post whether it’s anonymous or not, and I don’t feel like many anonymous bloggers in our country at least feel that. It is because of the sense of responsibility of attaching your name to it that I for the most part read blogs where the writers identity is known.
David Crandall, Srinivas Rao. Blog to Book Deal: How They Did It. BlogCast FM, 2012.
This book outlines the process of going from writing your blog to writing your book with a deal. It is separated into three parts that the two authors, Rao and Crandall, think are important issues to address when talking about getting a book deal as a blogger. They first talk about bloggers who have bridged the gap and how to become a bestselling author. The second part talks about making marketing plans that will actually work and will get you where you want to be. The final part talks about beating the odds, the process of going from a blog to a book, and being authentic.
I think this is an incredibly useful source for me. It solidifies many of the things I have read in my other sources, and concretely defines the process. I believe this source is reliable because it is written by two people who know the subject well and provide many other examples of bloggers who have done it as well. The goal of the source is to teach the reader how to use their blog to get a book deal.
I think I will use this source to back up my other sources. This source has so much information I think it will go well into all facets of my argument. This source was helpful to my research and to my personal goal of becoming a published author. I think this is one of the most helpful sources I have found all semester.
I would definitely consider joining a blogging network. I think that joining a blogging network would be a great way for me to improve my following and the over all traffic on my site. I think that my blog could fit into the family or work/life sections of Blog Her. As a female blogger talking about kids, food, activities to do with kids and the like I think Blog Her would be a good fit for me and my blog. If I were to become part of Blog Her I feel like I would be encouraged by the larger network of bloggers to continue blogging. I think I would have a lot of fun being a part of the network. I think the bloggers within the network would encourage one another simply by continuing to blog. By the other bloggers continuing to post new posts they could encourage the other bloggers in the network to press on and continue writing new posts.
Ehrlich, Brenna. “From Blog to Book Deal: How 6 Authors Did It.” n.d. Mashable. <http://mashable.com/2009/12/17/blog-to-book/>.
This article is a compilation of six different interviews of six bloggers who have used their blogging success to become published authors of books. Each of the bloggers answers questions pertaining to how they went from only blogging to writing books. They answer questions like “How did the book deal come about?” The article is about the experiences of six different types of writers dealing with the challenges of blogging and writing books.
I think this source is useful because it provides me with the perspective and experiences of six different bloggers who have successfully written and published books. I think that this article fits in well with the rest of my research. The goal of the article I would say is to provide readers with as many blogging to book success stories as possibly.
Their different perspectives were helpful to my research, in that I now have six new perspectives on how to go from blogging to a book deal. I can use this article to support the arguments that I have already planned on making in my paper.
Brooks, Larry. “How My Blog Landed Me a Book Deal.” n.d. CopyBlogger.com. <http://www.copyblogger.com/blog-to-book-deal/>.
The main argument of this article is the importance of having a well-defined niche. Brooks argues that it is not how many widely popular your blog is that will attract a publisher when writing you proposal it is the importance of demonstrating that you have a defined niche and that there are people who are interested in that niche. He also talks about the importance of the personal platform; your platform is the you that a perspective publisher will see.
Brooks builds on the research that I have already found while defining it in more particular terms. His blog is the reason he has a book deal for his new book and so I think it is a reliable source. The goal of this source is to educate bloggers on how to make their dreams of a book deal into a reality through the use of a blog.
This source fits right in with the rest of my research. I am going to look into the extra information he provides which I hope I will also be able to use. My argument stays the same, with perhaps a larger emphasis on defining your niche as a blogger. I will be using this source.
This post was done by Rebecca and Carmen.
Posting wise we didn’t like the format for posting. An easier to use/writer friendly interface would encourage more and easier posting.
A second thing pertaining to format that we didn’t like is how a post looks when you first click on it. Before the page loads completely the post can be very hard to read because of the color of the font on the background. Looking at the post while it is loading may deter people from actually staying on the post and reading it.
We believe that there should be preview of posts or a synopsis. The only thing you have to go off of when looking at the posts on the main page is the title, person who wrote it, and the date of publication. These things may not always be able to tell a reader if they may or may not want to read the post. A preview of the post or a brief synopsis would allow the reader to gauge if they actually want to read the rest of the post or not.
Categories should be displayed on a side bar so that readers can easily find posts that pertain to the subject that they are looking for. Categories would help organize the whole site and make it look cleaner.
We found that tag cloud needs to be cleaned up. There are so many tags and many of them are not helpful. Over all the tag cloud is simply overwhelming in its current state.
When we went to subscribe to the blog we found the “subscribe button” was broken. The point of a blog is to get returning readers and if a reader can’t subscribe they’re not going to return. The button needs to be fixed.
The archives were a bit of a mess. The archive categories need to be bigger, it was difficult to distinguish the categories from the posts within each category. We also thought that the categories should be more specific, one category was family, grades, and winter break. Each of those things in that category could have been its own category and that would have made a much more organized and easy to navigate site.
Hoffs, Gill. Personal Interview Rebecca Rice. 18 October 2014.
In this interview with Gill Hoff she answered the same questions I had asked Anna Goldfarb, but with fairly different answers. Gill uses her blog as a place to accumulate all the information and research she gathers for her current writing project, which is on a ship wreck. In a way it is a place for her followers to keep up to date on what she is doing and where the project is. The blog is not so much her focus as of right now but she does admit it has helped her in the past, such as attracting a literary agent and a way for her publishers to see that how she represented herself to them was consistent with how she wrote.
I think there were some helpful points in this interview, although some of the information gathered won’t be helpful to my paper. It is quite different in content from my other sources. I think even though it might not be the most useful of all my resources it is reliable and will be at least a little helpful.
I think if I use this source in my paper I will only use it to highlight points that I can make through my interview with Anna Goldfarb. Even if I don’t use this source in my paper I believe this interview was personally helpful for my writing in the long run. This source doesn’t shape my argument any differently. This interview has allowed me to see that there are other ways of using a blog to obtain a book deal than the one I have been researching, which is a deal dependent on the blog.
After reading the article on how to stay motivated for long term blogging a few of the suggestions that stood out to me were: responding to comments, encouraging my friends and family to share my posts, creating a blog ritual, using an editorial calender, troll Pinterest for new ideas, and use questions that appear in the comments as content for a new post.
Through all the research I have done for my research paper for this class a common thread I have seen is that responding to comments correlates directly with success of the blog, and success of blog encourages motivation. My plan is to take time each week to respond to comments that have come in, with more than a simple “thanks” but with actual content that will encourage a relationship with the reader.
My friends and family have a wide reach on social media and if I were to ask them to help me share and get my blog out there I’m sure they would be only too happy to help me out. Those of my friends and family who have read it have really enjoyed it but I don’t think they understand how help a share would be. By explaining to them how important a share is I think I will be able to get more traffic ad encouragement from my friends and family.
As a writer I know how important creating a writing or blogging ritual is. As of yet I haven’t been able to pin down a specific ritual, but over these next few weeks i am going to work on pinning down my ritual and so that when I do sit down to blog my mind is already in it and I don’t need to waste my time getting into it.
The editorial calender I set up a few weeks ago has been so incredibly helpful. Therefore going forward I am going to keep up the editorial calender so that there is no guess work as to what and when I should be writing.
My blog is heavily influenced by Pinterest and so keeping up with new crafts, snacks, and activities on Pinterest will be important for me to do. It is a way for me to find new ideas, rediscover old ones I forgot about, and become inspired to make up my own. Pinterest is a resource that never seems to run dry of inspiration and motvation for me.
Finally I think once i have cultivated a larger following and people are asking me questions responding to those questions in a post will be a helpful way for me to stay motivated and encourage readership. Creating post like this will encourage me to stay connected with my readers and build the relationship between the readers and myself.