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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #2 and Recap of Day 1

Woo-hoo! Day 1 is done and logged. Many congratulations to all who participated and posted. Not to sound like that proverbial broken record (a clappingflat, vinyl disc with grooves that emits music or other sound when a needle rolls over it), but you MUST post your link on our Linky in order to qualify for each day’s drawing.


Day 1’s prompt was about blogging. Kind of interesting to blog about blogging, isn’t it?

Tell us about your blog. How long have you been blogging? Do you write on a regular schedule? Do you plan your topics in advance or write as the spirit moves you? What was your favorite post? At which post do you look back and wonder what you were thinking when you wrote it? What has been the best feedback you’ve ever received? Have you ever written anything that was perceived as controversial, though you didn’t intend it that way? What tips would you offer other author bloggers?

We’ll recap two posts a day for the duration of the Winter Author Blog Challenge. Here are today’s.


Before there were blogs, I blogged. I was a little boy, maybe six, when my Mom started a family newsletter to which we all contributed. Dad played at some silly chracter he called “Indiana Bones” which did strange investigative journalism on the family. The rest of us kids (yeah, I guess Dad was a kid too) simply wrote about our daily lives in articles that sometimes were scarcely longer than a paragraph or two. This was before the Internet, even before true desktop publishing. For the first issue the articles were typed up, then cut out and pasted into columns and the finished product photocopied for distribution. Mom did all of that work. This was before the word “blog” existed, but the spirit of independent publishing that blogging carries on today first existed there. That is where I trace back my blogging roots. Read the rest here.

From Jacqui Malpass:

Writing is an intensely personal experience, sometimes akin to spewing the Saturday curry and beer excesses onto to paper. Like the curry ousted and staining the pavement, words spread onto paper giving meaning to our lives, our sadness, sorrows, joys and laughter. When I put pen to paper there is something other worldly that takes over. My words spill onto the page in an unconscious rush like the tide crashing on the shore, natural and uncontrollable. Read the rest here.


Revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of yesterday’s posts.


Carol Tomany has won a coupon for an online course called “Writing to Heal.” Thanks to Jacqui Malpass for this donation! We’ll email Carol with info about claiming her prize.


Onward we go with the 2nd writing prompt of the Winter Author Blog Challenge…

fb fan pages

Do you have a Facebook fan page for yourself/your book? How long ago did you start it? Did you do it yourself or have someone help you? Are you seeing lots of new people liking it? What kinds of things do you post? What have you found to be the most effective way to get fans/have people interact? IF YOU DON’T HAVE a Facebook fan page, tell us about the fan page for an author you know or like. Why do you like them and why did you “like” their page? What do you think they are doing well that you would like to model with your own page? Do you have a goal date for creating your own fan page? Be sure to give us the link.


In order to qualify for today’s drawing, you MUST post your link on our Linky. Click the image below to access it. In the field that says YOUR NAME, you write your name AND the name of your post (not the title of your blog). In the field that says YOUR URL, include your link to TODAY’s post. Your post will not count for drawings and toward overall winner if you do not add your link to the Linky page. However, we still encourage you to share your posts on the wall for the Author Blog Challenge Facebook group.

Of course, we continue to encourage you to read each others’ blogs. Today, make sure you Like your fellow bloggers’ Facebook pages. The Author Blog Challenge works because you support each other by reading, promoting, sharing, and talking up the great posts you come across from your fellow participants.

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie


The Winter Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.