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Get a blog! That shred of indie writer common knowledge propelled me to begin the road to the potential self-publication of my first novel. The task of settling on what to blog about has been an uphill battle. Not because I don’t know what to write about, but because there is so much to be written.


The logic seems to run along these lines: “If you blog it, they will come.” That may have worked for Kevin Costner in the movie Field of Dreams, but a swath of corn turned into a baseball field for ghosts is certainly more unique than one blog out of more than 150 million.


I just don’t want to be another indie author blog that offers advice to writers. While I am eternally thankful that such blogs exist and that I too could now produce helpful writer posts on a regular basis, I hesitate. I want my blog to eventually be reader-based, not writer-based.


image of person walking into an alligator's mouth

Finding your blogging niche really can feel like walking into the mouth of a monster!


So I’ve started focusing on book reviews, interviews, notes on craft, and progress updates on my novel Lost Girl Road. Yet why stop here? As a teacher, I always felt my strong suite was incorporating multimedia into assignments. I am a creative thinker and I want my blog to show my talent for appreciating the inspiration that literature can bring readers beyond the pages of a book.


So that has led to posts incorporating book art in the form of cool covers and artwork that has been inspired by literature. Then there’s the magic of film adaptations, song lyrics as poetry, literature-based smartphone apps. The sky really is the limit, and I’ve built a good base to experiment on.


Aye, there’s the rub! I tend to be a big-picture thinker, which means my vision of how to share my love of literature with the world is a bit broad right now, but that really is my background as a reader and writer. I’m equally at home writing a short story or an essay.


So what is the appeal of this brave new world of self-publishing? Will I sink or swim?

O wonder!

How many goodly creature are there here!

How beauteous mankind is, O brave new world,

That has such people in’t.

William Shakespeare The Tempest


The surface of things always looks great. Aldous Huxley takes the concept to extremes in his novel whose title takes its inspiration from the lines above. The lines between utopia and dystopia, bliss and despair, are becoming more blurred all the time. My goal is to survive the self-publishing, author-platform building journey with my sense of self intact.


What twists and turns has your blog made along the way?



Please share responsibly. Jeri Walker, 2012.


Image Credit: Face The Monster by Frits Ahlefeldt

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