First off … sorry about being unable to blog two weeks ago. Edie covered me by posting one of my older blogs from six years ago! Yow! Have I been blogging at MagicalMusings for over six years?
Incredible. I remember when Michelle first came up with this idea. I have to admit that at first, I was really leery of the whole concept. I mean, blogging was relatively new and I knew next to nothing about it. Still, I gave it a shot. Michelle, Edie and I were all unpublished authors and decided to do a blog together aimed at both published and unpublished authors. Our goal was to get our names out there, but mostly to reach out to like-minded authors who were struggling to gain recognition.
At first, there was only the three of us and we rotated doing blogs every three days … and I seem to remember taking Sundays off. Or was it the entire weekend? I forget. Either way, we managed nicely for a couple of years on this schedule, but then it just started getting to be too much for us. One by one, we all got published. Between trying to manage new writing careers, family obligations and outside jobs, the blogging was becoming difficult.
So we brought in new people. Over the years we had a number of published and unpublished authors join us blogging here at MagicalMusings. Some worked out and some didn’t. A few left because of their publishing obligations and they just didn’t have the time and one or two were encouraged to leave because they weren’t meeting our obligations. Still friends with these people, so there were no hard feelings with their departures.
We also changed the subject matter of our blogs … to a certain extent. We’re still aimed at published and unpublished authors, but we also geared our discussions toward readers. As published authors, we wanted to keep in touch with the people who read our work. Get their opinions and preferences.
So, we have changed over the years. Both in subject matter and the number of bloggers (who are wonderful, by the way) who have joined us here at MagicalMusings … Sheila English, Robin Bielman, Misty Evans, Mary Hughes, Dale Mayer and Amy Remus. They sure as hell made my life easier in that I don’t have to stress coming up with a fresh and innovative blog every three days.
Now, I’m asking if there is some way we can improve on our MagicalMusings blogging. Any ideas are welcome … so bring ‘em out.