Blogging 101

Recently I’ve seen a lot of different commentary about blogs and figured now is as good a time as any to put in my thoughts. Here are my tips/random musings about blogging. Maybe they will help you. Maybe you’ll think they are stupid. Regardless, here they are:

  • Keep it simple: To me, blogs should be an easy read. I shouldn’t have to stumble through complicated prose to understand a blog post. I want a post to be conversational and simple in style not necessarily in content. This doesn’t mean you should create short simple posts, but that your writing should be clear and concise.
  • Do it for yourself: One of the most asked questions I see is how to get started. If you are blogging for yourself, then just set one up and start. When I started this blog, I didn’t care if a single person read it. I wanted a place to share my thoughts, and if someone was interested in what I said, that was just an added bonus.
  • Set your own rules: To the same effect as my previous thought, don’t look at someone else’s blog and copy it. I don’t necessarily mean content, although your posts should be your thoughts, but in structure. I know people who blog every single day. I know people who have schedules and post regularly on specified days. I know others who just post when they feel like they have something to post about. Don’t box yourself into anything that doesn’t feel right, just because you see others are doing it.

Those are my thoughts/tips on blogging. If you want some more opinions/advice, I would recommend reading I Gotcher Blog-Writin’ Advice Right Here by Chuck Wendig.

Featured image by Christian Schnettelker


Organization: a Key to Writing

One thing I’ve been pretty bad with when it comes to writing my novel is organization. I have a sweet TARDIS journal I got for secret santa a couple years back that I tried to use. Only it was hard to keep flipping back and forth between pages, and my character list/chapter organization changed so much that it was all over the place. It came to the point where I just didn’t use it anymore. Now it’s proof of how much my WIP has grown. But I still need a way to keep everything organized…

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Ditch the Promoty and Showboaty Behavior on Social Media

Updated: now includes percentage of recommended self-promotion on social media.

It’s a behavior that some people participate in on Twitter. It’s one that a lot of people aren’t particularly fond of:

So why do we do it?

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Writing when you’re working full time can be stressful. Writing in general can be stressful. You don’t always have time, or you’re on a deadline. Naturally, you want to make the most out of your writing time. It’s precious and if like mine, limited. So how do you make sure you’re writing the good stuff with that time? Read More


Twitter Etiquette 101

I’ve encountered a couple of things recently that I find on the more annoying side of things you can do on Twitter. Obviously people will have different opinions on these, but I’ve noticed that I’m not alone in these feelings. I’ll offer some suggestions on how to get the same effect without the annoying side effects. Here are some things to keep in mind: Read More


When Are You an Expert?

Recently, I’ve been thinking about “experts” in various fields. When do you become an expert in anything? What makes me ask this, is because the fields that I enjoy (writing & digital marketing) are always evolving. Can you call yourself an expert when at some point in time you do not know all that you can about a subject?

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Getting Caught Up in the Little Things

When I write, it’s easy for me to get caught up in things that do not produce words on the page. I’ll get distracted because I can’t remember the name of a place or a person and then go on a hunting frenzy to find it. After some time, I might have what I couldn’t remember, but I’ve been pulled completely out of my writing zone. Read More


Welcome to the new home of my blog!

Today I merged my two sites I had going together. If you are seeing this, that means you were subscribed to my blog over at lesimonis.wordpress.com and have been transferred over to the new domain (lesimonis.com).

Everything will be the same – same posts about writing and all that goodness. Only difference is a bit more of my digital marketing love might trickle in, and that my digital marketing side is a bit more evident in the pages.


Any questions? Go ahead and ask!

Featured image by Criana on Flickr.


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I’ve noticed that when I don’t have deadlines, I don’t always push myself when needed. Something like NaNoWriMo really helps me because it’s kind of a lofty (but achievable!) goal that pushes me to write when I may not feel so much like writing. Read More


Stop Comparing Yourself

It’s a problem I definitely have. You have life aspirations and a few people around you tend to share those goals. For me, it’s hard not to see their success or struggles and compare their place in achieving their goals to mine. Read More

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