Blogging–How LOVE. WITHOUT YOU started

18 Apr

Back in the day when I began writing romance novels, I had no idea what to do to reach readers and how to promote my books. I was told I had to create a blog–like yesterday, and use the power of the internet to my advantage. So, I started doing some research online, asking people around me and following several bloggers. I sure did envy them a lot for the numbers of followers, wondering how could I too have a successful blog.

A friend of mine suggested RapidWeaver which is a web design software so here I was purchasing it. Then I signed up for three years with GoDaddy and off I went creating my blog. 

The intent of my blog was always to share from my writing and publishing journey. Once in a while I intended to post something personal so people could relate to me. I also knew how I wanted it to look, but soon I realized that RapidWeaver was really limited, or at least I couldn’t figure out how to use it. Add to that the intricate and rather hard to navigate GoDaddy content, I found myself hating blogging.

If I remember correctly I started my blog sometime in September of 2010. A year later, I probably had about 60 views (I bet 59 of them were me checking it). Frustrated doesn’t even describe how I felt and more than once I just wanted to throw it all out the window. 

But, A WORLD APART, which is my second novel was about to come out in December of 2011 and I needed to do something to change that pathetic blog of mine.  So, I went back to the drawing board and checked several platforms that hosted blogs. I narrowed my choices to bloglovin and wordpress. 

I chose wordpress because it seemed easier, especially for someone like me, whose nickname is “I’m-not-technical” (that pretty much sums up exactly how I feel when it comes to anything that had the tiniest bit of technology in it). I revamped the title from Author Camelia Miron Skiba to LOVE. WITHOUT YOU, asked my dear friend Iwona Adamkiewicz (who is the model on my debut novel HIDDEN HEART) for a  photo I could use for the site’s background and posted my very first post on wordpress end of September 2011.

It was not until 2012 when my blog began to attract steady visitors. Some began to follow my blog, and I remember squeaking in delight with each new subscription. 

Today 3 1/2 years and counting my blog has almost 10,000 followers and I couldn’t be happier. There are several followers who became dear friends and whose input always makes me smile.

Did I struggle? You have no idea. Did I learn anything? You bet. Was it worth it? I leave it up to you to judge. 

4 Responses to “Blogging–How LOVE. WITHOUT YOU started”

  1. eileendandashi April 18, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    It’s hard starting anything new and harder still to begin when you have no clue what works. I started my blog about 1 1/2 years ago. I wanted a forum to expose books which I thought were worth the read.

    I’m not sure if I’m making much a dent, but I lovingly fashion each review hoping to entice a reader to read, for with each read, the person changes, becomes more insightful, more compassionate, more forgiving and possibly more human.

    • Camelia Miron Skiba April 18, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Eillen, thank you so much for your wonderful words. I know your blog and really enjoy its content. I agree, sometimes we don’t know what to blog about or if it’s good enough, but the best you can do is to do your best and write from your heart.
      Much sun and sminles from AZ!

  2. Brenda April 20, 2015 at 12:42 am #

    I’m where you were when you started, and going through the learning curve. It is good to read something that doesn’t say, ‘You’ll be up and running in 5 minutes.’ My book Marriage, A Journey and A Dog, (Romantic Humour), will come out next month and I WILL get blogging to work well! On a trial run I uploaded it as an ebook and immediately sold 600 downloads, now I have handed it over to the professionals to publish but the blogging I have to do myself. Maybe, one day, I’ll have 10,000 followers like you? I’ll keep reading yours. Thank you.

    • Camelia Miron Skiba April 20, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

      Dear Brenda,

      What a delight to read your message! All I can say is don’t give up if this is something you love to do. Writing is a solitaire journey for most of it, but blogging will help you stay connected with people with similar interest. Believe, try and it’ll happen 🙂

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