In the recently completed election cycle, Candidate Donald Trump had the same problem as every other candidate with an “R” after his name: he wasn’t getting a fair shake from the “D” mainstream media.
So the candidate found another way to get the news coverage he needed. He turned to Twitter. And the same mainstream media that didn’t want to cover him other than writing hit pieces in the ‘failing’ New York Times picked up his tweets and read them out to the world.
He got that attention in part because his tweets contained things that got attention. Like giving rude nicknames to his competition— remember ‘Lyin’ Ted’ for Ted Cruz?
Young Writers have their own problem in getting the attention they need. In particular, they find it hard to get someone to look at their writing and give them feedback. Sometimes people just won’t look at your writing at all. And in writing classes or critique groups, people may have their own agenda with what they say about your work. Your writing teacher may praise you because you are the best of a bad bunch— or say your work is no good because you don’t care to write ‘literary fiction.’ Some critique group members give the same vague praise to everyone because they want to be nice. Others say negative but untrue things about the work of their writing rivals.
Starting a blog can be a way you can write things and get some people to react to them. It’s going to be slow at first— you may need to write a little something every day for six months before you get as much as a comment saying ‘nice post.’
But if what you are writing is reasonably well written, and your blog has an interesting topic, you will start to get some reactions, both positive and negative. You can increase your number of reactions by doing one little thing— something that Donald Trump did. Write something a bit shocking.
Now, I don’t mean that you should go around calling random people mother-effers or telling them their cats are ugly. Just be less mealy-mouthed. Say things that not everyone will agree with. For example, I might well say that government schools (public schools) in the USA should be disbanded and be replaced with independent church and community schools. Or that “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” are not great literature or even good literature.
If you say things that some people will like and other people won’t, you blog will get more readers and more comments. Maybe even a stalker or two. And you will get lessons into how to write things to which people respond.
Once you get a few people who regularly read your blog, you will start to get a little feedback on your writing. If you misspell important words, people who agree with you may in time point that out. People who disagree— assuming they can spell— will point it out a lot quicker.
There is no other substitute than a blog for getting regular audience reaction. And that reaction will help you build up some skills that you can use throughout your writing career.
Over the long term, the blog you start today can morph into an Official Author Blog and Website. It can be a part of your author platform. And it’s fun. Why not try it?
Young Writers series, post 1
This week I’m celebrating a revival of my blog. I HAD thought of deleting the whole thing and starting from scratch. But instead I bought a book on blogging and started making plans to make my blog better.
I started blogging very early on— that was many blogs ago. But I’ve made some internet friends through my blog and that’s a good thing. I started a Facebook account mainly to promote my blog. Now it’s the best way to contact my brother and my aunt and cousins from Arizona.
I’m not sure what this blog is going to be a week from now or a month from now. I haven’t decided on the themes I will use or what the major focus will be. I don’t even know if any of my current blog readers will keep on reading. But that’s the fun of it.
This is a post in the Celebrate the Small Things blog hop. Learn more at: http://lexacain.blogspot.com/2015/01/celebrate-small-things.html