Figuring Out This Blogging Thing

Can you believe it’s the weekend ALREADY?!

It seems like it was just Monday. Though I’m not complaining in the slightest at the thought of reaching another few days to metaphorically catch my breath, hang with friends, and hopefully get some quiet time to really immerse myself in the new Mass Effect game that just came out this week (I’m SUPER excited). But all of this is beating around the bush for the real reason that I wrote this post in the first place.

It’s time to take the next step in this ‘blogging thing.’

I gained an amazing amount of motivation earlier this week from reading Joynell Schultz’s blog. Specifically her series on her push to find 1000 true fans that will work in tandem with developing her author platform. Now, I don’t know a whole lot about Joynell but following another blog that details the journey of a person with aspirations to write and turning into a full author and sharing her story along the way is inspiring to me. Especially what I came across this week on WordPress. But the original idea she referenced came from this site and the writer of the essay said the following:

“To be a successful creator you don’t need millions. You don’t need millions of dollars or millions of customers, millions of clients or millions of fans. To make a living as a craftsperson, photographer, musician, designer, author, animator, app maker, entrepreneur, or inventor you need only thousands of true fans.

A true fan is defined as a fan that will buy anything you produce. These diehard fans will drive 200 miles to see you sing; they will buy the hardback and paperback and audible versions of your book; they will purchase your next figurine sight unseen; they will pay for the “best-of” DVD version of your free youtube channel; they will come to your chef’s table once a month. If you have roughly a thousand of true fans like this (also known as super fans), you can make a living — if you are content to make a living but not a fortune.”

The author of the post goes on to explain the mathematics behind their idea and how it could financially work but the actual 1000 number isn’t the most important part. As Joynell references in her blog post, it really depends on the person working this process to determine exactly how many fans would equal a financial living off of the situation. But my point wasn’t to simply draw attention towards profit (although I think it’s every aspiring writer’s dream to someday make a living off their words while still keeping their creative integrity intact). I used the step-by-step oriented way she is attacking the process of developing her platform to think long and hard about what exactly it is I want to do with my own platform i.e. this blog.

Since June 2016 (and minus my break in December), I’ve been contributing my thoughts to this vast internet space for around seven or eight months. In that span of time, I’ve written close to 100 blog posts (this will make ninety-six!) detailing everything from my writing dreams and aspirations, to my frustrations, creative sources of inspiration for me, my favorite books, and even real life experiences and their importance to my creative process. It’s hard to imagine that I’ve kept this going (and have definitely encountered difficulties along the way). But where do I go from here? I can’t just talk about becoming a published author forever right? When do I sit down and formally attack it?

All those months ago, I mentioned that consistency is key. This blog is a testament to that, even on the days I’ve faltered and missed posting. I continued to come back. The idea of an author platform is still a bit far away from me because…I’m not an author yet. Instead of directly utilizing Joynell’s approach to doing that, I’m using it as inspiration to get all my author ducks in a row and finish this novel. Like her, I want to sit down and plan it out month by month in order to ensure that I’m not leaving any stone unturned and I’m maximizing my time.

So I’m changing a bit of the direction of this blog in order to finally attack this dream of mine head on. The rest of March will be spent planning how I want to go through the rest of 2017 and sharing it on here in regards to finishing a manuscript (thanks to NaNoWriMo, I have at least one), editing it into oblivion to salvage a story (this is the part that is obstructing me), develop a very concrete writing schedule outside of this blog, and organize the other disparate novel ideas into one central location where I can make sense of them (possibly Evernote?). The motivation is there, now I need to put some fire under my feet and go ahead and do it.

Until next time.

Author: Mr. Nifty

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