Why its important to blog

Blog

It sometimes surprises me when I come across an author who doesn’t have a blog. Blogs have been around for a while now and not having one is missing out on an opportunity to connect with people, while also practicing your writing. Truth to tell if you’re going to be a published author you can’t afford NOT to have a blog. A blog allows your readers to connect with you, with your writing, and stay up to date on the news about your appearances and writing. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, having a blog works. On my author site, I post two blog entries a week. Those blog entries provide fresh content that keeps your website relevant in Google and other search engines, and give your readers something to enjoy while waiting for your next book.

When you have a blog it is important to consistently update it. I recommend updating it at least once a week, if not more. With that said, you don’t need to write five articles a week either. In fact, you’ll burn out if you do that. But you need to do some writing and keep it consistent, week after week. You also need to make sure you share it on your social media sites.

When you write blog articles keep them short and concise. A most they should be around 1000 words, and at least around 300 words. If they are too short, they won’t keep people on your site, but if they are too long, you’ll lose people, both t the eye strain of looking at a screen and the simple fact that people like to scan and skim online entries. Make sure you have a space between paragraphs and don’t be afraid to use bullet points or numbered lists.

Blogs don’t have to be hard to maintain I do suggest turning your blog into a website, where you maintain the blog, but also have static pages, which include a bio page, a services page (if you offer other services) a media page, and any other page that might be relevant to your website and your choice to be an author.

 

 

Shades of Ritual is now Available!

Shades of Ritual

 

Immanion Press is pleased to announce that our latest anthology Shades of Ritual: Minority Voices in Practice is now available!

Although many of the roots of Paganism come from the lands of people of color, much of the color of Paganism is forgotten in the cultural mainstreaming that happens to ethnic cultures. This forces many people of color within Paganism to walk between the worlds of their birth ancestry and culture, and that of their spiritual culture.

Shades of Ritual: Minority Voices in Practice is the second installment of the Shades of Faith series. This anthology is a collection of pieces that challenge traditional perceptions of Eurocentric Paganism, and gives the reflections of people of color within their practice of Pagan spirituality. Its contributors address some of the complexities of practice, for those who are both part of an ethnic minority and also a practitioner of a minority religious path. Shades of Ritual offers insightful, beautiful and genuine reflections of the practices of people of color within our community. The authors practice a variety of traditions, including Wicca, Voodoo, Umbanda, Shaman, and other Pagan paths.

Join us once again while we celebrate the beauty of diversity within Paganism, giving a voice to the practices, writing, poems, and wisdom of Pagans of color in our community. Let us continue to explore the range of experiences and practices of those who add a little color to our Pagan landscape.

Contributors include: Nadirah Adeye, Clio Ajana, Crystal Blanton, Flame Bridhesdottir, Leslie Brooks, Janet Callahan, Alexandra Chauran, Dr. Katharyn Privett-Duren (Seba O’Kiley), Yutaka Furuki, Abel R. Gomez, Olivia Haynes, Yvonne E. Nieves, Luna Pantera, Nathaniel Puckett, Rt. Rev. Anniitra Ravenmoon, Sandra Santiago, Szmeralda Shanel, Rose Skye, Jayde Van Ter Pool, Pablo Vazquez III, Heaven Walker, Cecily Joy Willowe, M.Div., and Alisa Kuumba Zuwena