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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. 

4th Annual Gratitude Giveaways Hop

14 Nov
Here we are again for the 4th Annual Gratitude Giveaways Hop 

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This hop is organized as always by Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer and runs between 11/15 until 11/30.

As the title suggests this is a giveaway meant to reward my followers, my fans and my friends. Without you giving me a chance, my books wouldn’t be where they are today: on your shelf, on your tablet or on your TBR list. Without you stopping by my blog on a regular basis I wouldn’t have the connections I have and most importantly, the friends some of you became since the beginning of this crazy journey down the path of writing and publishing. And I THANK you ALL for that. Your are my rocks, each one of you!

To celebrate YOU here and now I chose to give away a $15.00 gift card of your choosing. You tell me which vendor you prefer and I will make that happen.

Sounds fun? I hope so. In order to enter the giveaway I won’t ask you to follow/befriend/tweet or the likes (but if you chose to do so, it’ll be highly appreciated). Instead I’m going to ask you: What are you grateful for this year? Your comment bellow is your ticket into the giveaway. I’ll announce the winner  on December 1st.

Good luck everyone!