Blogging Tips for Beginners: Which slice of the pie do you want?

2 Feb

It’s the most important decision you make as a blogger. It should be the first decision you make. If you look at any popular blog site you know which slice of the audience pie they are after, which theme their blog posts revolve around. Over at the Otherworld Diner they deliver their goal as bloggers on page one:

Our staff is a collection of paranormal romance authors with one thing in common (besides a love for pie) — we dish up our paranormal with a sprinkle, a splash, or a heaping helpin’ of humor and wit. Come in and have a seat. The coffee’s hot and the blue plate special is out of this world!

The Otherworld Diner

A recent theme on pie was an excellent example of blogging around a theme. Each contributer posted their own take on the subject of pie and some aspect of writing:

What if the hero is a shape shifter? What if he shape shifts into a black bird? What if the story takes place in the Middle Ages? What if your heroine is a baker? What if she bakes him in a pie? Dang it, she cooked the hero. Not good. OK, so the birds are supposed to survive the “baking” process but the hero will still not be a happy camper when he breaks free of that crust. Moral of this story . . . be careful who you bake in a pie, you could end up eating love of your life. *G*

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Same theme different take:

The subject of pies scared me a little right from the beginning. Then, when my coworkers posted yummy recipes, I seriously considered panic. Not that I don’t cook, mind you. I do. The thing is, I write by the seat of my pants, and I tend to cook the same way. I sort of figured posting a recipe for apple cobbler that started, “take a bunch of apples, core, chop, cook with some sugar and cinnamon until soft…” well, you get it. Not too helpful.

Then I realized there was another “pie” I’d worked with just a couple of weeks ago: The Pie of Life.

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Not all blogging themes need to be as out of this world as Otherworld. 

Elle Amery does a once a week theme: Elle Amery: Elle Amery’s Grammar Tip of the Week She tells her readers: “As both a writer and an editor, I can tell you that it’s much easier to edit and revise someone else’s work than to write perfect prose.

Or if you’re interested in writing a fiction blog, check out Alice Gray’s  samples of her lovely erotic writing: Aliceblackandwhite  Alice’s passion for the sensual is clear in every detail of her site.

The theme you choose will be as unique to you and your genre as your favorite kind of pie. You should be passionate about the theme you choose. I’m passionate about immersive fiction and I don’t think anyone reading my blog will miss that fact.

So now you have the Flock browser we talked about last week. Pick a theme, plan your article, click the little blue quill pen in the browser toolbar and start writing your first post.

You configure the editor with your blog settings under the tools menu. You can either save the draft, or hit the publish button and your new article will post.

All the quotes and sources I included in today’s post were made using Flock’s one-click “blog this” feature. No geek skills required. More on quoting and linking(as essential to blogging as veins to a circulatory system) next week.

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4 Responses to “Blogging Tips for Beginners: Which slice of the pie do you want?”

  1. Alice Gray February 4, 2009 at 4:31 am #

    Hi Nara,

    Thank you for the lovely endorsement! I’m thrilled!


  2. naramalone February 12, 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    Thanks for dropping in Alice. I love your site.

  3. Elle Amery March 19, 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    Nara – I was thrilled to find my name mentioned on your blog. Now, if only I could remember that I’d once promised to post a writing tip on my blog WEEKLY! I’m afraid I’ve been remiss in my blogging duties 🙂

    Elle Amery

    • naramalone March 24, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

      I didn’t mean to put you on the spot, but I do like reading your tips. 🙂

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