Lorna Seilstad loves God, her family, friends, chocolate, and writing. And yes, probably in that order. Her first novel, Summer of Truth from Revell, will be out in the fall of 2010. The next two in the series will follow in subsequent years. Lorna’s unique take on blogging is that she coordinates a group blog titled, Inkspirational Messages. As one of “the 10,” I can say contributing to a group blog has been a great experience, and I’m grateful to Lorna for all the work she does to make our blog such a success.
Blog? Who Me?
Just the idea of being solely responsible for a blog’s daily content scared the bejeebers out of me. However, today authors are expected to blog. It’s like an unwritten law.
It’s a great way to connect with readers and establish a reader base.
So, when I signed my first 3-book contract with Revell for the Lake Manawa Series, I knew that I needed to step out of my comfort zone, but I had no intention of doing it alone.
Enter my writing friends.
I’d been blessed to be part of two writing groups made up of wonderful writers. I also had a couple of writer friends who I thought would make excellent bloggers. This would make ten of us—one blog every two weeks. Definitely doable.
After doing some encouraging, prodding, and arm twisting, I had a commitment from each of them. Through an exchange of ideas we came up with a name and began a discussion of what our blog’s audience should be. Although we were all writers, we decided that our blog would be directed at the Christian fiction reader.
Because I was the only one who knew all nine of the other bloggers, we spent the first two weeks introducing ourselves in our blog entries. This was a great way to begin to get to know our fellow bloggers, and those intros are available in the archives for any new visitors to our site.
When the time to develop content arrived, we knew we needed something to offer that would draw readers in. We chose to offer several topics we hoped would interest the Christian fiction reader including devotionals, chatterbox topics for fun, what we’re reading, and our writing journey. To keep things interesting, we alternate between those four categories with the topic of the two weeks. For example, we just finished “Things That Go Bump in the Night” under the category of Chatterbox, “From the Page to the Stage” in What We’re Reading, and now we’re writing about “An Attitude of Gratitude” in the Devotional category.
With ten bloggers addressing the same topic, you might think we’d duplicate material. Not true! That has been the most amazing part — seeing the direction ten writers can take on the same topic. Readers return again and again just to see what the next writer came up with. Adding an occasional weekend interview with an author has also helped draw readers.
The blog has been so much more fun than I anticipated. I love reading what my fiction writing friends share on the non-fiction page.
Ten bloggers to write.
Ten bloggers to comment.
Ten bloggers to bond with each other and our readers.
Can it get any better than that?