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    Do you have a blog?

    If you do, what is the address and tell us how you use the blog.

    Do you have more than one blog?

    Why should you have a blog?

    If you don't have a blog, why don't you have one?

    If you have a blog, would you like some additional promotion for the blog?

    Nikki Leigh
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    "Coastal Suspense w/ a Touch of Romance"
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    Smile Dishin' It Out

    That's the name of my blog and I use it for a multitude of reasons, the most important being to keep my name in the minds of readers. I used to have a newsletter that went out to over 550 people each month, but it didn't offer the opportunity to interact and share my feelings on a more personal and daily basis. As a reader myself, I like knowing the author who writes the books I read, sharing knowledge of his or her personality and knowing that like they old adage, 'they put their pants on one leg at a time.' I can't get that knowledge about NY publishers, but small publishing has given me the advantage of making tons of new friends who are also authors. Besides friendship, I've benefited from their advice, compassion and caring. My blog is current hosting twenty-six authors in a blog fest, offering my friends a chance to promote their book to people who frequent or subscribe to my blog. You can join in the fun at http://mizging.blogspot.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by mizging View Post
    That's the name of my blog and I use it for a multitude of reasons, the most important being to keep my name in the minds of readers. I used to have a newsletter that went out to over 550 people each month, but it didn't offer the opportunity to interact and share my feelings on a more personal and daily basis. As a reader myself, I like knowing the author who writes the books I read, sharing knowledge of his or her personality and knowing that like they old adage, 'they put their pants on one leg at a time.' I can't get that knowledge about NY publishers, but small publishing has given me the advantage of making tons of new friends who are also authors. Besides friendship, I've benefited from their advice, compassion and caring. My blog is current hosting twenty-six authors in a blog fest, offering my friends a chance to promote their book to people who frequent or subscribe to my blog. You can join in the fun at http://mizging.blogspot.com

    I see that you're interviewing others and/or letting other people do a guest post on your blog too. That's a good way to get new visitors We talked about setting up an RSS feed so your former newsletter subscribers could subscribe to your blog. Did that work?

    Nikki Leigh
    Award winning Fiction & Non Fiction Author
    "Coastal Suspense w/ a Touch of Romance"
    Book Promo 101 - Learn the Basics of Book Promotion
    www.nikkileigh.com/promo.htm
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    As I mentioned in my introduction, I'm new to blogging. (new to websites too)...hey, I'm just plum new...LOL..

    I think I need to get it figured out first before I actually try to interview anyone...I mean, if I only interview authors, then won't only authros come over? But I want readers, right?

    I'm confused...

    MM


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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Mae View Post
    As I mentioned in my introduction, I'm new to blogging. (new to websites too)...hey, I'm just plum new...LOL..

    I think I need to get it figured out first before I actually try to interview anyone...I mean, if I only interview authors, then won't only authros come over? But I want readers, right?

    I'm confused...

    MM

    If you interview authors, the readers who want to learn about them can visit your blog. If you want to do this to build blog traffic - interview authors who appeal to the same readers that you want to attract. The more you get your name and information "out there" online, the better chance people have to find you.

    Something else that you can try is to check the links posted here under "FREE Promotional Blogs" or something like that and fill out those interviews about parts of your book. Then when you return the interviews to me, include your website and blog link at the bottom of the interview. That will also build links back to your blog. Links to your site and blog will help you rank higher in the search engines.

    There are MANY ways to promote your blog - just trying to share some of the easier ways with you. There are so many that I'm writing an entire book just about website and blog creation, promotion and optimization --- lots of info to share.

    Nikki Leigh
    Award winning Fiction & Non Fiction Author
    "Coastal Suspense w/ a Touch of Romance"
    Book Promo 101 - Learn the Basics of Book Promotion
    www.nikkileigh.com/promo.htm
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    Thanks, Nikki. Yes, I'm on the "free promo" thread now looking it all over. You have some really nice blogs...How do you design them that way? All I've seen of Blogger is the templates that they give us. Not that I really mind what I currently have, I guess, since I'm a beginner. I just wondered how folks fixed them up so purty...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Mae View Post
    Thanks, Nikki. Yes, I'm on the "free promo" thread now looking it all over. You have some really nice blogs...How do you design them that way? All I've seen of Blogger is the templates that they give us. Not that I really mind what I currently have, I guess, since I'm a beginner. I just wondered how folks fixed them up so purty...

    When you open your blog, you should see "customize" at the top - most of the pretty stuff can be done from there. Was there anything particular that you liked? I also like to use different templates to add some variety - especially since there are so many

    Nikki
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    "Coastal Suspense w/ a Touch of Romance"
    Book Promo 101 - Learn the Basics of Book Promotion
    www.nikkileigh.com/promo.htm
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    I checked. It didn't say "customize". It just said, "pick a template", and there's only about ten. Unless I'm overlooking something...which could very well be...

    MM


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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Mae View Post
    I checked. It didn't say "customize". It just said, "pick a template", and there's only about ten. Unless I'm overlooking something...which could very well be...

    MM
    When you originally set up the blog there are a group of templates - some offer different color options. Then after the blog is set up, you can change the template and there seem to be some new ones there. Again, you can change some of the colors of a specific template to get another look.

    You're in the wrong place to find what I'm talking about. When I go to my actual blog - there are several options in the top right corner and all 16 of my blogs are the same. In that corner - there is



    Customize takes you to the page where you can "add new page elements". That's where most of the options are located. The easiest thing is to play around and see what you find - just don't "save" unless you are sure you want to save whatever you have done

    Nikki
    Award winning Fiction & Non Fiction Author
    "Coastal Suspense w/ a Touch of Romance"
    Book Promo 101 - Learn the Basics of Book Promotion
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    http://www.myspace.com/phantomqueen3
    http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/
    http://www.nemushollow.blogspot.com/

    These are my blogs. I also have an amazon connect blog. I think the best one is myspace. I admit that I get behind in posting on my blogs and I could do more to make some get more traffic. Most of my problem is finding the time to post. Any suggestions? You always have great promotion advice.

    Kelley
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