IPT Clinic Introduction to Blogging For Writers

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Today’s post is the beginning of a new IPT Writing Clinic. Our clinics are designed to focus attention on one topic for the month. Each week, the author (me, in this case) will present a clinic on some aspect of the subject. It could be writing outlines or developing a mystery. It might be time management or marketing.

This clinic is designed to help you decide whether or not blogging is for you and how to get started. We won’t go into all the technical aspects in this series, but that information is available. (Contact me if you need advice with some aspect of blogging.)

Two Friendly Rules

I’m a big believer in the idea that rules, when used wisely, are designed to our benefit, not to restrain or curtail. When it comes to my clinics (and to Danielle’s, as well), I’ve established a few rules that will make the experience more pleasant for everyone.

Disagreement is Welcome. I don’t expect everyone to agree with what I say or think. If that happened, a lot of us would be redundant! If you have a difference of opinion, don’t hesitate to share it. The purpose of the clinics is to learn and the leader isn’t immune from learning.

Hostility is Not Welcome. While we encourage discussion, we reject hostility. Hostile, rude, or belittling comments will not be approved.

That’s pretty much the extent of my “class room rules”. See? They’re not that difficult after all!

On To The Clinic

If you’ve been involved in any aspect of writing for very long and if you read anything about writing online, you’ve already learned about the importance of developing platform. You probably have also been introduced to all the options available. If you’re anything like I used to be, your head is probably swimming with all the possibilities.

The purpose of this series is not to discuss the merits of platform for writers. Instead, I’d like to focus on one aspect of social media. Blogging for writers.

Particularly, beginning blogging for writers.

Who Introduction to Blogging For Writers Is For

If you’ve heard you need a blog but haven’t found the courage to begin the process, Introduction to Blogging For Writers is for you.

If you’ve started to build a blog but have been overwhelmed, Introduction to Blogging For Writers is for you.

If you’ve set up a blog but have been so confused, overwhelmed, or frustrated by the whole process that you’ve given up, Introduction to Blogging For Writers is for you.

If you’ve made a good start but seem to have hit a plateau, Introduction to Blogging For Writers is most definitely for you.

In short, if you believe you can always learn something new about the business of blogging for writers, then you are welcome. I even invite experts to join us. If I’ve learned anything in over ten years of blogging is that the more I learn, the more I need to learn.

What You Can Expect From Introduction to Blogging For Writers

The series begins with 4 questions that will help you decide whether to blog or not to blog.

I’ll follow up with  7 things to think about before getting started. Things most of us don’t think about in the rush to get started.

The fourth and final week, we’ll take a look at the 3 primary options for hosting.

Closing Thoughts

If you’ve always wanted to start a blog, have taken the first steps, or have an established blog that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, join me for Introduction to Blogging For Writers.

If there’s a question you would like us to discuss during this clinic, leave a comment in the comment box below. While I have set up a schedule of clinics this month, my schedule is based on what I think you want to talk about. It is subject to change.

If you have questions you’d like to ask personally, email me and we’ll talk.

And if you’d like one-on-one assistance with setting up your own blog, contact me. Personal tutoring is available. At present, I can only assist those using WordPress. If that describes you, drop me an email.

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Clinics in This Series
Introduction to Blogging For Writers
Blogging For Writers – To Blog or Not to Blog
Blogging For Writers – 7 Considerations Before You Get Started
Blogging For Writers – How To Choose A Host

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