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.
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 .
Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan
Coach Teresa’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/teresaleyung
Teresa LeYung Ryan on facebook!
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