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An excellent way for writers or novelists to create an online presence and establish themselves in the publishing industry is by creating a blog. If you think that you may have trouble finding the time to keep a blog updated with fresh, original blog posts, start a group blog! With a group blog, several writers have access to the blog and are responsible for maintenance and posting. Here are a few tips on how to get a group blog up and running:
Find Fellow Writers
One of the advantages of a group blog is that you get a wealth of differing opinions and styles. While this may make your blog more interesting, it is best if your group shares at least one common general interest. For example, a group blog of travel writers would be effective, as each blogger would have different destinations and experiences about which to blog. It would be ideal for the writers in your group to be familiar with each other’s writing styles; it’s a good way to determine whether or not you will mesh as a group.
Choose a Theme
Readers should know what to expect when visiting a blog. Because there are already numerous writing blogs on the web, you will probably need to find a specific niche for your blog. For example, a group of murder mystery writers might focus their blog on writing and reading mysteries. A group blog of food writers might show its expertise with regular posts about putting new twists on favorite dishes. Strive to make your blog unique by providing information that can’t be found in every other writing blog on the net.
Create Your Group Blog
Go to a website like Wordpress, Blogger, or Tumbler and register for a new blog. Give each writer administrative access to the blog so that he/she is free to publish and format his/her own blog post. Choose a blog title and template that reflects the theme of the blog. Then, all you need to do is to organize blogging duties. Also, your group can avoid writing about similar subjects if members plan their topics a few days in advance.
Whether it is your own personal blog or a group blog, blogging is an excellent way to network and get your name out there. You never know where a casual connection might lead!