Last week, I reached the 25% point blogging my next book, 99 Questions to Ask before Writing and Self-Publishing a Brand-Building Book.
The following are 5 of the lessons, ideas, and tips I learned while preparing the first 25 daily blog posts (including weekends).
My goal in sharing them is to encourage you to consider blogging your book. Blogging a book is definitely the most efficient way to write a book.
Blogging a book can be a transformational event in your life. It can turn your desire to write a brand-building book into concrete action that takes it closer and closer to reality…one blog post at a time.
Lessons learned blogging my book
Here are some of the things I learned so far:
- Energy levels. Blogging a book 7 days a week does not sap your energy; on the contrary, it creates an energy that extends throughout everything you do. Watching your book take shape–line by line, paragraph by paragraph, and post by post–builds a powerful momentum that extends throughout everything you do. Other responsibilities and tasks somehow become easier to complete and don’t take as much time as before. Your days become more efficient, productive, and exciting.
- Finding the time. Having made a commitment to blog your book, you’ll somehow find the time to blog your book. This is partly because you don’t want to let yourself down. It’s also because, when motivated, your brain seems to becomes more efficient completing other tasks! To get more done, you may create new, more productive, writing habits. For examples, instead of writing posts during single, long, writing sessions, I started to use 3 shorter sessions for each post. During the first, I write the first paragraph and outline the rest. During the second session, I complete the post. During the third, I review what I’ve done. This actually saves time compared to my previous writing habits!
- Keeping motivated. Keeping motivated is easy if you’re printing each blog post on 3-hole paper immediately upon completion, and saving them in a 3-ring binder. Each blog post makes the binder a little thicker! Each time you check-off a finished topic in your book’s table of contents, or review a previous topic, you’re energized by seeing your progress take you closer to your goal of a published book. The graphic at the top is another motivational tool; I can’t wait to see it when its finished!
- Constant improvement. Your book gets better and better as you’re blogging your book. For example, I found it very easy to edit and rewrite the chapter titles–one by one–as I prepared each blog post. I had previously tried to review and edit the titles in a single working session–focusing just on the titles–but, it never worked out. Focusing on each title as part of writing each blog post, however, helped me replace 1 title, reorder 2 additional titles (out of 25), and substantially change about a dozen of the remainder.
- Serendipity. Writing is the best way to understand, organize, and evaluate what you already know…and find out what you don’t know. And, once you discover you don’t know something, your curiosity will drive you to find out the answers. As you write, new connections will appear between previously written blog posts, and examples will suddenly appear as you’re writing a post–or soon after writing a post. Either way, you will not be bored blogging a book–and you’ll likely soon begin to look forward to writing your next blog post.
The hardest part of blogging a book is getting started!
Once you start, you’ll find it easy to keep going!
Landmarks play a major role blogging a book
Landmarks play a major role in blogging a book. Just like crossing the Mississippi River at St. Louis is an important landmark on a transcontinental road trip, it’s important to set goals for yourself as you’re blogging your book–and celebrate their passage.
In my case, having reached the 25% point, I’m taking a few days off for family business and will resume blogging my book next week. I’ll be doing the same at the 50% and 75% points–which will continue to help me maintain my enthusiasm and momentum.
If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to download my (currently) free workbook, 99 Questions to Ask Before Writing and Self-Publishing a Brand-building Book.
This provides a roadmap to writing and publishing success, and a place to enter your answers as you address the 99 questions.
You can also review my blogged answers to the first 25 answers so you can get a better idea of the various Planning topics to consider before you start to write.
Share your experiences blogging a book, as comments below. Or, if you have questions about blogging a book, or questions that occurred reading my first 25 blog posts, submit them using my online form. If you’re interested in learning more, check out Nina Amir’s definitive guide, How to Blog a book.