Michaeline: Happy Blog-iversary!

champagne bottle overflowing into the glasses held by party-goers

A toast to all the Eight Ladies Writing readers and writers! Thanks for making this blog great!
(image via Wikimedia Commons)

I just noticed that Eight Ladies Writing blog has entered its third year of blogging. Many of us have posted more than 100 entries here, and if the average entry is 700 words, that’s more than 70,000 words. In short, a slim novel. It’s definitely an inspiring lesson in the value of doing a little bit at a time.

Our blog came out of the marketing course of our McDaniel class on romance writing. We’d heard that many publishers like an author to have an internet presence, and it seemed like a blog with the work shared out between many would be less work and more impact than nine solitary blogs.

At least, that was the theory. I think more than that, though, we wanted a way to keep in touch with each other, and I know I thought of weekly blogging as a way to keep in touch with my writing goals. I have a tendency to do something for a while then wander away from it unfinished.

We haven’t really tested the marketing power of the blog yet (although there are many Ladies who are very, very close to that big break!), but as far as keeping in touch, I think the blog has been a big success.

Added bonuses: we’ve got commenters who add so much to the discussion. And I’ve learned a lot more about finding images than I knew two and a half years ago!

I can’t wait to see what the next year of blogging brings us. I hope the other Ladies’ share what they’ve gained from the blog in the comments section, and of course, if you’ve got fond memories or advice for improvements, I’d love to see that too.

In the meantime, break out the cyber-champagne, and let’s toast ourselves on two years of blog-building!

10 thoughts on “Michaeline: Happy Blog-iversary!

  1. Has it been 2 years already? Time really does fly. For me, the blog has been a great way to make sure I am consistently writing, plus posting plans & goals has been great for accountability. Needing to come up with a blog post topic each week has pretty much guaranteed that I keep up with what is going on in the industry and keep thinking about writing. Being able to keep in contact with the other 8+ ladies has been icing on the proverbial cyber-cake.

    Looking forward to many more years of blogging.

    • Everything Elizabeth said. It’s not easy to try to come up with a quality post every week, but after two years I feel confident I can give it my best shot, no matter what else is going on in my life or how I’m feeling. Hopefully that will stand me in good stead in the future 😉 .

      Thank you to everyone who writes, or reads, or comments on this blog. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be part of this community.

      • I can’t imagine how people are coming up with quality posts two or three times a week, let alone daily! I know several Ladies are also feeding their own blogs with quality matter, as well as writing books. I’m really happy that we can share this burden.

  2. I’m certain I’ve said before but I’m always so impressed by the way the eight (or nine) or you manage to keep putting up high quality posts day after day. And hopefully you’ve been steadily picking up readers along the way.

    Congratulations – I’m looking forward to the next 2 years!

    • Thank you for your kind words, Rachel. (-: And as always, thanks for contributing in the comments. I always enjoy reading about your story and what you are doing. Am I right that you also made real-world contact with Jilly through the blog? (Or did you know each other before? Or am I imagining connections that are still all cyber?)

  3. I can’t believe it’s been only two years. It feels like 15! Ha, well, kidding aside, I join the other Ladies in thanking all our readers for tuning in and the other Ladies for their continued support and encouragement, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds.

    • Isn’t it crazy, that timey-wimey thing that goes on? On the one hand, two years have flown by, but at the same time, especially when a blog post is due and nothing is coming to mind, it seems like we’ve been doing this for . . . eternity. Then time always seems to speed up again when I hit the post button.

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