With this blog having just passed the 3 month mark, I think its time that I said thanks. So, today I am sending a big ‘thank you‘ to all the people who have visited, and have left a comment of support and/or become a follower.
Started on a complete whim, after months of saying that I would never ever consider blogging, so far the experience has been a lot of fun. On that same week-end, three months ago, I also entered the realms of Goggle+, Tumblr, Facebook (author page) and a number of other social media accounts. Having tried them out, some of these have now been deleted or are hardly ever used. However, I have stuck to WordPress (for blogging), and see the value of G+, Tumblr and FB for promoting this blog, interacting with other writers/bloggers and learning a few tips along the way.
While I could at this point mention some of the people and sites that I have found useful with my writing (or, a good source of distraction when writing slows), I think the stand-out for me at the moment is Indies Unlimited. If you haven’t met the folks over at IU, and you are an indie writer (or intend to be), then I encourage you to check them out at http://www.indiesunlimited.com. Once there, you will find a lot of useful hints on navigating with the social media tools that all indies need to be successful, learn some writer tricks-of-the-trade, and laugh at the funny antics of the often slightly unhinged IU contributors. (No offence intended, but all writers get a bit unhinged occasionally; it must be that mad:genius curse of the creative mind).
As I continue to write, with the intention of publishing as an independent author sometime very soon, I will continue to devote time to this blog and other selected social media. Not just to ‘build a platform’ for the purpose of promoting my books (once they are ready), but for a more important reason: to learn from those who have led the way and, eventually, to pass on what I know to those who may follow.
So, thanks for supporting me in this early stage of my writer’s journey. In gratitude, I will strive to provide you with posts of interest, and (eventually) the fruits of my labour: published novellas and novels.Image: Fireworks over Sydney Harbour, News Year 2012 – Photography by Az Jackson (OzStock Images). downloaded 25/4/13 https://www.ozstockimages.com.au/?cont=view_photo&i=219597