I set out with two big goals in my mind when I started the site.
The first was to present a fun (and hopefully educational) blog for writers who haven’t quite yet made it and who don’t take themselves too seriously. I’ve learned a lot since I wrote my first word of fiction six years ago, and felt like I could really help the people out there who are just getting started.
The other goal–and I don’t think I’m being avaricious by saying this–was to use this site to make myself both a better writer, as well as a more marketable one. We constantly hear about how important a platform is, and an active blog can be a big part of your platform.
Before starting Write Good Books, I was blogging almost daily at my author site. (Cheap plug: I redesigned that site this weekend, so check it out.) I posted a few book reviews, movie reviews, and publication announcements, but most of my posts over there were post about writing.
As traffic increased, I started to feel a disconnect between Jason the author and Jason the blogger. On the one hand, I wanted to promote myself as much as I could on my author site and using a blog helped that, but on the other hand, I wanted the blog to grow beyond simply existing as an extension of me as a writer.
I finally decided to make the split and launch this site as a separate project. I had to change my thinking just a bit by doing so: Instead of thinking of myself as a writer who has a blog about writing, I started thinking of myself as a blogger who also writes fiction.
To me, Write Good Books as an entity 90% separate from me the author. While I do talk about my own writing on the site, it really isn’t about promoting myself; it’s about building a community for new and aspiring writers. To help and encourage them to keep learning and keep writing. And yes, it also helps keep me encouraged and learning as well.
In the coming months, I’ll be introducing a few guest bloggers here and am also in the process of starting a new super-secret project involving the site.
I know there are plenty of writing websites out there. I hope that the personal approach I take here keeps this one interesting. And while I do plan to continue using this blog as part of my platform, it really does exist for you, the aspiring writing.
So thanks for hanging with me for the first 100 posts and I hope you stick around for the next 100.