Author Leanne Dyck is lucky (and brave) enough to live on sunny Mayne Island off the coast of British Columbia. She is a women’s fiction author whose writing has appeared in Island Writer, Kaleidoscope and Canadian Stories literary journals. From 2006 to 2009 she self-published paperbacks, ebooks and an audio book. From 2005 to 2011 her writing has been traditionally published in newspapers, magazines and as an ebook. Leanne has recently finished and is submitting, to publishing houses and literary agents, four book-length manuscripts including a knitting-themed dark thriller titled The Sweater Curse: a novel.
And yet her talents reach all over the world thanks to her blogging skills. With her Icelandic background and passion for knitting, she has woven her heritage into special creations to share with us. Visit her website at http://www.leannedyck.com. Here is Leanne herself to outline several secrets to successful blogging:
Secrets of Successful Blogging
I created my blog (http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com) on October 10, 2010. On March 8, 2013 it accumulated over 60,000 page views. Please read this article to learn the secrets of my success.
Readers want to get to know you. That’s why they visit your blog. So welcome them in. But give careful thought as to what you will share about your life and what you won’t. Where will you draw the line?
Don’t just blog for the sake of blogging. Try to offer your readers something of value. For example, here is a small sampling of what you’ll find on my blog…
The Leanne’s Free Hand Knitting Patterns page features the patterns I’ve designed, available to my readers free of charge
The Writers’ Resources page consists of a collection of articles regarding the publishing industry
The Book Reviews page is where I rave about my favourite books
Are you old enough to remember, ‘Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel’?
Did you faithfully tune in?
The same thing can happen for your blog.
I blog on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
When and how many times will you blog?
A successful blog not only features the contributing author(s) but also acts as a networking tool. I network with my fellow authors through my blog by featuring a guest author each Friday. Other bloggers build community by ending their posts with an engaging question. How will you build your community?
Do what socialites do — be seen
Gain name recognition and support for your blog by being seen on the Blogosphere. The best way to do this is to comment on other blogs.
The biggest secret of my success is that I have fun blogging. Negativity gets old fast. Who wants to be around it? I don’t, that’s for sure. And my guess is that you don’t either. Why would your readers? So have fun. Remember, it’s not a four-letter word.