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Helpmewithmyblog.com – please!

October 30, 2008 at 7:10 am

Ok, I know this post sounds kind of desperate, and it kind of is, but there’s this wall that I hit…A colleague reassured me that I must truly be a writer if I’m experiencing “block.” This tickled momentarily but soon I returned to my despair. 

Simultaneously, I remember designing this space for guests to chime in, not just in the comment area, but as guest bloggers. Many of you have promised to send something. You know who you are. Ok, come on, already!! And, those of you peeking at me know you have it in you to contribute some bloggy gem. 

It’s time.

How can I have a salon without you? (oh to time travel to Paris and join Gertrude Stein and company or the Round Table at the Algonquin) If it’s all Kim Weiss all the time, it is very un-salony. Remember, this place is mostly about books but is begging for all representations of creativity that can squeeze inside of our little PC and MAC boxes. I have yet to post videos, but would love to. Your book reviews, professional tips, poems, rants, interviews, photos. Bring em on.

People are clicking on from all around the world. It’s so exciting to see places like Poland, Singapore, Holland, Italy, England, and many more places on my diagnostic pages.

Kim Weiss Talks Books & Beyond is ready to share your voices. Think about it. Or don’t and just send an impulsive post.

I’m having growing pains and you can help.

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    I just think it’s really cool that you said “bloggy gem.”

    Bob

    Comment by Bob burgOctober 30, 2008 @ 9:31 pm

    Hi Kim,

    I’m one of those peekers-not-posters you mentioned. The two problems with blogs are 1) no one has time to read them and 2) no one has time to write them. That’s usually the end of the story.

    But there are other ways to look at it. One way is that the point of the blog is not to become a salon but to remain a solo act, where daily (hopefully) you pour out your song, and people “hear” it when they are searching and stumble on something you wrote, maybe months ago. People from Poland. People from New York. You write when you feel it; we read when we find it. Those two events might be separated by years.

    Another approach is to hire a writer. That’s what we do. We write blogs for people who are too busy to conjure up good journalism on a daily basis. So if your book is about the oil fields of Kazakstan, we will blog daily about what’s happening in the oil fields in Kazakstan — not *as* you but for you. You — the author — can chime in with commentary any time you want. A professional blog gets written every day, putting your keywords in the RSS stream, and accumulating content that will pull viewers for years to come — on their schedule, when they find it.

    When you use a pro blogger, it frees your time to go visit other people’s blogs and comment and contribute and cheer them on, because you’re not blogged-down on your own blog all the time.

    These are just a couple ways to use blogs and blogging beyond the solo diary (Seth Godin) or group magazine (Huffington Post) approach.

    With Best Wishes Always,
    STEVE O’KEEFE
    Author, “Complete Guide to Internet Publicity”
    Adjunct Professor, Internet Public Relations, Tulane University

    Comment by STEVE OKEEFEOctober 30, 2008 @ 11:47 am

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