At the start of this month, I challenged myself to write a new 800-1650 word blog post for every day in May, by the end of the month. It is now 9:11 PM on May 31, and this will be my 31st and final blog post for this month, completing my challenge!
- May Challenges, Past and Present
- Where Do I Get My Wonderful Ideas
- So You Have An Idea
- A Burgundy Evening
- You Know The Tune
- Being An Invisible Writer
- The Nature and Nurture of Pain
- Twitter, Huh, What Is It Good For?
- Why I Don’t Write Reviews For My Fellow Erotica Authors
- Why He Thinks You’re Pretty
- Finding Words & Thoughts
- Got Mentioned in the “Loving BDSM” Podcast!
- NOT In A Single Word
- Why I Don’t Use Trigger Warnings
- In Which I Battle Myself To Write This
- “This Has Never Happened To Me”
- How To Suck Your Own Cock
- Rejection Letters
- Stop Kinkshaming Ammosexuals
- Aaron Gold’s “Don’t Mind If I Don’t” Podcast
- Myself As Well
- Avatars & Objects
- Is It Okay To Fantasize About Being Raped?
- Hobbies, Skills, and Passions
- Is It Okay To Fantasize About Raping People?
- Is It Okay To Write Rape Fantasies?
- How To Have An Orgasm (Solo)
- How To Have Multiple Orgasms (Males)
- How To Write An Orgasm
- Where To Start The Story
- Challenge Completed!
I started my Goodreads Blog (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7514047.Richard_Bacula/blog)
on April 16, 2014. Between that day and April 30, 2018, I had managed to write a whopping FIVE blog posts:
1. Jagermeister Night
- How To Be As Sexy As A Dead Deer
- The Nature of Storytelling
- Size Is Everything
- “Amazon.Com Has Rejected Your Product Review”
I’ve never been good at blogging, but it’s something that one needs to do in order to create a platform and to let the world know that you exist, and that you’re interesting. So this year–after utterly failing last year’s challenge–I got the idea of writing blog posts instead of erotic stories. As far as I’m concerned, it’s been a success.
I increased my total blog content by six fold, I got to say a lot of things that I apparently wanted to say, and I had fun. I mean, I’m tired, but it’s been fun doing this! I have more of a feel for writing blogs, and I have more practice now. This makes me more likely to write more in the future.
One of the other things that makes me more likely to write more blogs in the future is that I now have a WordPress blog set up in addition to my original GoodReads blog. It’s a better website, with lots of neat features that have helped me out, and that I think will help me out in the future.
One of the problems that I’ve had as a writer became painfully clear to me this past month: I’m not a tortoise–I’m a hare. I’m not slow and steady; I’m fast and furious. I can get a lot done in a limited amount of time, but then I tire out, and I turn to other things. Usually, the chaos of my life and my Fucking Day Job take hold, and lots of time passes before I get back to whatever writing project I was on last.
When it comes to attracting blog audiences, you need to produce regular content, and getting to the keyboard on a regular basis just isn’t my thing. I’m not capable of doing that until I can write full time, and don’t have all the distractions that I have now (like paying rent). But what I can do is to, next chance I get, write a bunch of new blog posts like I’ve done this month, and to have WordPress automatically post them at regular intervals. I can sprint, then I can rest while WordPress tortoises on for me.
That makes me a LOT more enthusiastic about blogging!
Also, I live for feedback. One of the things that has kept me motivated this past month is watching all the Notifications about people around the world Liking my posts, Following my blog, and generally noticing that I exist. This hasn’t translated to sales, but enthusiasm and morale is just as important in many ways. So I say this:
If you want me to keep writing this blog regularly, give me feedback!!
I can use the help to nudge me in this direction. It doesn’t have to be Comments on my posts (although those are ideal and awesome!). You can just send me a tweet @RichardBacula, or an email RichardBacula@Gmail.Com, letting me know that you read something I wrote here, and what you thought.
At this point, 9:37 PM on May 31, everything is written. Some of it won’t get published on WordPress until tomorrow or later, and it’ll be later still before I get everything up on clunky old Goodreads. This might be my last blog post for a while, or it might not. Part of that depends on you, and part depends on me.
Thanks for your support this past month!
(I’m gonna go drink until I pass out.)