Blog  is the abbreviation for  weblog (a blog is a website which provides opportunities for readers to submit their comments)

Verb:  To blog = to write posts (entries) in, add material to, or maintain a weblog.
Noun:  A blog = a shared on-line journal where you can publish your posts (entries about your experiences, observations, expertise, and hobbies); the most recently published post appears first to readers; readers can interact by submitting comments.

Examples:

This post you’re reading is on my blog which is on my website http://lovemadeofheart.com/ (I own this site; I have to pay for domain name renewals and web hosting services)

I have a second blog (free from WordPress.com ) http://writingcoachteresa.wordpress.com/ to show my clients how a free blog works.

I have a third blog http://www.redroom.com/author/teresa-leyung-ryan at Red Room http://redroom.com/ (a wonderful website where authors can sign up to receive a webpage as a Red Room Author).  However, I don’t own this blog either.

To get comfortable submitting comments to blogs,  click on the title of a post on my blog (in order to see the entire post); scroll down to get the comment boxes.  Go to: http://lovemadeofheart.com/ Click on “TERESA’S BLOG”  and scroll down your screen; choose a post that interests you; click on the title of the post to get the comment box.

I’d encourage any writer who do not have a blog website to get one so that  you’ll have an on-line address/URL.  These days, a blog serves as an answering center (give your fans a chance to find you and to communicate with you and still offers you privacy).  If money is an issue, then get a free blog from http://wordpress.com . Because WordPress.com blogs are free, they will not offer you the features you’d get on a blog website that you own. Although you could upgrade your free blog by paying fees to get extra features.  If you go with a free blog now, and, later when you get your own website, ask your webmaster to help you import your posts from the free blog to your site. If you need a guru of a webmaster, check out Linda Lee at http://askmepc.com/

Your blog = a body of work that you publish on cyberspace.

After you get a blog and write some posts, remember to copy the keywords and key phrases (tags) in each post and add them to the tag box for each post. Your blog will compile a list of your tags.  Help search engines help people find you and your work through the tags.

Visit my blog often to learn how I use tags and links in my posts.  http://lovemadeofheart.com/

After you submit a comment to one of my posts, wait a day or so  before going to Google (or another search engine), then key in a string of words (tags) you used in your comment . . . press the “search” key . . . let cyberspace go to work.  Voila!  This is how people will find you.  I’ll tell you more in my  workbook  Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW .

Sincerely,

Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan

http://writingcoachteresa.com

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Invite Coach Teresa to conduct “Major League Tryouts with Coach Teresa to Build My Name” at your writers’ club or group.

Form a study-group, split the cost and hire Coach Teresa to:

* coach you in name-building to attract the right agent or publisher or more fans
* guide you in designing and growing your blog (to showcase your expertise and experiences)
* show you computer-navigating shortcuts and how to easily “find stuff” on the World Wide Web

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68 Responses to “What is a Blog? And Why?”

  • Hi Teresa,
    I bought your book (22 days) at Luan’s fantastic bookstore(Laurel Books)
    in downtown Oakland and am working through it.
    My book of poetry “Signal Fires” was published in late 2014 and though I’ve
    done very well selling face to face I’d like to try electronic routes.
    I’m trusting in your book!

    Sy Margaret Baldwin, poet
    http://symargaretbaldwin.com

  • admin says:

    Dear Poet Sy Margaret Baldwin, author of SIGNAL FIRES,

    Thank you for supporting Laurel Book Store and getting Build Your Writer’s Platform and Fanbase in 22 Day.

    I am cheering for you as you have fun with my 22 day program.

    I look forward to seeing your mighty platform statement!

    Sincerely,
    Coach Teresa

    Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “You CAN compete for attention when YOU know how to grow YOUR fanbase by articulating YOUR platform statement and training your fans to promote YOU before and after publication. Reach out, not stress out!” Coach Teresa is the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform and Fanbase in 22 Day: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW
    http://WritingCoachTeresa.com/

  • Hi Teresa,

    Thanks so much for the work you do! I’m making my way through your 22 day program and enjoying it. I’m looking forward to learning more about how to draw attention to my work. I write fiction for children and young adults in addition to being an elementary school teacher. I hear you have some workshops coming up at Laurel Book Store; they sound exciting!

    Sincerely,

    Kathrine LaFleur

  • Shimira says:

    Hi Teresa,

    thank you for the book. I’m a web producer and an entrepreneur, and now the author of The Billion Dollar Babies. I love writing adventurous and uplifting stories involving foster kids, orphans, or lost souls. I’m looking to build my web platform and continue to touch young adults hearts!

    XOXO
    Shimira

  • admin says:

    Dear Director/Producer/Author Shimira Cole,
    Thank you for touching young adult hearts with your adventurous and uplifting stories involving foster kids, orphans, and lost souls.
    I cheer for you and your books!
    Happy New Year!
    Sincerely,
    Writers’ Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

  • Monica Gillman Gavia says:

    Hello Teresa,

    I am working through your book on building a platform. I need to start a blog but have hesitated because it is a bit intimidating. Hopefully, after completing your book, I’ll have no fear!

    I have written a local history book, creative non-fiction, first in a series of three. What started out as one general history book about the town of Penryn, California has turned into a very personal account of the life of an eight-year-old slave girl brought to this area during the gold rush era. It covers a twenty-five year time period, from 1853–1878.

    I am currently searching for an agent/publisher. I know that your course will help me through the publishing process.

    Thank you for your insight and direction.

    Monica Gillman Gavia

  • admin says:

    Dear author Monica Gillman Gavia,
    Wow! You have an attention-grabbing platform statement. Brava!

    Did you receive my January 28, 2017 email to you? It began with:

    I just read your comment in my blog post…
    Wow! You have an attention-grabbing platform statement. Brava!
    “I am Monica Gillman Gavia. What started out as a general history book about the town of Penryn, California has turned into a very personal account of the life of an eight-year-old slave girl brought to this area during the gold rush era from 1853–1878.”

    Also in that email, I added great news – your name and another member’s (at Gold Country Writers) were chosen to receive 22-minute phone consultation with me.

    Since you are looking for an agent or an acquisition editor…and you’ll be pitching…jump to page 77-78 of my workbook. See how the summary/description of your book is part of the pitch?

    When pitching in person, it’s okay to read your pitch so that you do not have to memorize it. When you say hello to the agent or acq. editor, speak your full name even though she/he can see your name badge. The power of speaking your full name. “Hello, _____, thank you for seeing me. I am Monica Gillman Gavia.”

    The agents I know want to see the first few pages of the book (to see if the author can write scenes) instead of reading synopsis which is a long summary.

    A query letter should look like one of the samples in my workbook. It needs to look attractive on the computer screen.

    Reach out, not stress out. I cheer for you!
    Sincerely,
    Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan
    workbook – Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW
    List of Events & Presentations: http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/teresa-leyung-ryans-events/

  • Thank you, Teresa, for presenting to Gold Country Writers in Auburn, CA, and for your wonderful workbook!
    I care about helping Christians become joyful, faithful stewards of God’s grace, and of all that God has entrusted to us — our time, money, abilities, relationships, everything! I also care about helping pastors and church leaders quit running from one fundraising program to another, and focus on growing generous souls in their congregations.

  • Thank you, Teresa, for presenting to Gold Country Writers in Auburn, CA, and for your wonderful workbook!
    I care about helping Christians become joyful, faithful stewards of God’s grace, and of all that God has entrusted to us — our time, money, abilities, relationships, everything! I also care about helping pastors and church leaders quit running from one fundraising program to another, and focus on growing generous souls in their congregations.
    Go to generousstewards.wordpress.com to learn about my books and access more than 100 articles, blogs and resources on stewardship and generosity. I’ll see you there!
    Rev. Dr. Betsy Schwarzentraub

  • Christopher Eng says:

    I, Christopher Eng, am working on a manuscript on grief. But I also have been writing about T’ai-Chi and other martial-arts. There is also a manuscript on James Brede who was sent to live at Kalaupapa on Molokai because he was diagnosed with Hansen’s Disease.

  • Christopher Eng says:

    Hi Teresa,

    I’m working on your “Build Your Writer’s….” and hope to have you edit my manuscript on grief.

    Aloha,
    Chris Eng

  • T. L. Kels says:

    Hi Teresa,

    I write both creative non-fiction and fantasy/sci-fi focusing on courageous heroines and the meaning of “home” and where we find it. I am currently editing my first novel, and as I am coming closer to the steps of finding an agent and publishing, I realized the need to grow my author platform and fan base.
    I found your workbook, “Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase in 22 Days” and am working through it. So far your workbook is helping to ease my fears of getting started creating and growing my author platform, thank you!

    Sincerely,
    T. L. Kels
    http://www.tlkels.com/

  • Joy Hemp says:

    I missed your presentation at Gold Country Writers. I am working with your “Build Your Writers…”. I look forward to increasing my presence after following the steps in your book. I like your day by day steps to follow.
    I am now writing a series of inspirational books based sets of cards I have created and another set that hasn’t come out yet. My first book was based on my I am… set of inspirational cards. They can be used to change your thinking, change your energy and or as a prompt for meditation practice. You can see my cards and book on my website http://apositivethought.com

    Sincerely,
    Joy Hemp

  • admin says:

    Dear author and card maker Joy Hemp,
    I am cheering for you and your new series of self-help books inspired by your inspirational “I am … ” cards.
    Your name Joy Hemp is synonymous with inspirational, uplifting, affirmations, positive thought, and self help books!
    Brava!
    Sincerely,
    Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan
    Theme Consultant and Writers’ Platform-Building Coach

  • Gloria Schoofs says:

    Hello Writing Career Coach Teresa,
    You have written a wonderful book. I’ve had it a lot longer than 22 days. I’m very busy right now with things other than writing, unfortunately, survival things. Your book keeps me feeling like a writer though whenever I can get back to it.
    You are a brilliant woman and very generous to share your wisdom and knowledge with others who are following their dream. The book you’ve written is clear. It has specific steps that are easy to follow. That’s great! Otherwise this all seems so overwhelming. You make it seem like something I can do. Thank you for your good work and for sharing it with me and all the others wise enough to buy your book. I send you blessings. Gloria

  • admin says:

    Dear Gloria,
    Thank you so much for doing the assignments in my workbook and submitting blog post comments! Are you this Gloria Schoofs? https://www.quora.com/profile/Gloria-Schoofs. I look forward to seeing your responses to the other exercises relating to themes and tags.
    Cheering for you!
    Sincerely,
    Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan
    P.S. Please subscribe to my blog http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/ by keying in your email address in the box located in the right column and then press the Subscribe button. Thank you!

  • Hi Coach Teresa! I heard you speak at SF Peninsula CWC and bought your book. I’ve written two books of fiction (novel, story collection, both about life and conflicts in the late 1960s)and have been blogging for years, but never wanted to take the time to learn about “marketing”! Your book is great, so thanks. Each “day” I learn something new (I have a lot to learn), even though, of course, I know a lot already. Maybe the “new” will make the difference. Thanks for your book, and I’ll be back in touch. Elise Frances Miller

  • admin says:

    Dear Author Elise Frances Miller,
    Thank you for starting the 22-day platform-building and fanbase-building program for writers. I know you have been active promoting your intellectual properties – especially your new book The Berkeley Girl: Rendezvous in London and your award-winning novel The Berkeley Girl: In Paris, 1968.
    Proud to know you!
    Have fun gaining new tools to help new fans find you!
    Cheering for you!
    Sincerely,
    Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Coach for Writers
    http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog

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