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Take a walk down the writer's path

Updated on June 20, 2014

Blogging - An Online Writing Adventure

Long before most writers even knew what blogging was, I was happily skipping from blog to blog to blog learning all I could about this wonderful new publishing platform. How exciting, I thought. Talk about instant gratification. Here you could compose your piece, upload it onto the blogging platform and voila: Publishing history was made. It was fun even if my writer friends didn't have a clue as to what I was talking about. The year was 2002. In 2003 I got serious, opened a Typepad account and started my blog Down the Writer's Path. My intention then and now remains the same: to offer writers practical solutions for leading an "imperfect" writing life.

Yesterday - The Early Days of a Blogger

Blogging is added to my writer's tool kit

When I began writing, online publishing wasn't a consideration. Even then I took the long view and looked at writing as a life path. My goal was mastery and from everything I heard from the masters themselves, it took ten years of writing just to begin to achieve any sort of mastery. So I set about learning all I could. I explored all the many genres and tried to understand what made them tick. You could say I was a generalist in an age of specialists. Art Spikol would've said I had a "grasshopper's mind."

When the first inklings of a writing life online appeared, it stirred my curiosity. Like most writers who answered the call to blog, I struggled with managing my daily life, working fulltime, writing and posting online. No matter how many ways I diced the day, it still only had 24 hours. Some months I hit the keyboard hard, others were dominated by publishing deadlines, the need for revisions, and the continual demands of a full-time job. Still, I continued blogging because I enjoyed having a place where I could capture my thoughts and share them with others. The same reason why I blog today.

When the writing journey began?

When the writing journey began?
When the writing journey began?

What say you about blogging? - Online publishing is growing at a huge rate

Blogging is an online form of writing that offers immediate publication and the opportunity for interaction with the readers. I say it's a form to be respected and should be used by most writers today.

Should most writers add blogging to their writing arsenal?

Definitely. Blogging is a needed tool today.

Definitely. Blogging is a needed tool today.

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    • IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I think if for nothing else it is an outlet for writers. It can be used as a wonderful marketing tool too.

    • Indigo Janson 4 years ago from UK

      Blogging gives us discipline and also keeps us on our toes creatively. It also teaches us to write with readers in mind.

    • Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Definitely, yes. It challenges us to keep writing even when we don't have a deadline imposed by others. It gives us an outlet for writing about what we love at least part of the time, since we choose our own topics. It also helps us make new contacts who might decide to read some of our other writing.

    • kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Yes, it's a great way to have a consistent writing schedule and to show the person behind the writing.

    No, who needs to add yet another form of writing to what they do already.

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      Travel Writing and Writing for Children

      Traditional publishing, e-publishing, now online publishing

      In the midst of blogging I landed three publishing contracts for travel guidebooks. My co-author and I worked feverishly to meet deadlines. One year my body raged with pneumonia. In addition we had to meet the demands of marketing and promoting one book while writing a another one. All while I continued working the fulltime job. The blog survived despite the weekend road trips, the marathon writing sessions, the bookstore demands, and life in general.

      In another life I must have worked for the circus as a plate-spinner. Those were the years when I staggered through the days in an attempt to keep all the plates spinning. At the same time my efforts to learn how to write for children came to fruition. More writing, more contracts, more promotion. But the call of blogging remained.

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      Divided Loyalty by Vikk Simmons - First teen novel is published

      Divided Loyalties (Byte-Me Teen Read)
      Divided Loyalties (Byte-Me Teen Read)

      Divided Loyalties is the second teen novel I wrote but the first one published. That's not an uncommon thing to happen with writers. The book remains available in print and electronic form so anyone with a Kindle or Nook or whatever can grab a copy. Both versoins are available through Amazon and the publisher. I enjoyed writing the teen novels. Both have earned good reviews and satisfied readers.

       

      Video Magic by Vikk Simmons - RWA Golden Heart Award for Young Adult Novel

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      Video Magic

      Video Magic remains a special book for me. It was my first young adult novel idea and it earned the given by Romance Writers of America. The story grew out of a 3-week experience i had working with a camera unit of a film crew. It continues to be available in print and in e-book form from Amazon and the publisher. The reviews were good, the reviewers happy. What more could a writer ask?

       

      Today - Online writing remains a lure

      Change in publishing platform: Typepad to Wordpress

      Today I'm coming out of a long tunnel into the light after nearly ten years of caring for both my elderly parents. My dad died two years ago but I still care for my 96-year old mom. The strain of the growing responsibilities and the decline of my dad took a lot out of me to the point where I pretty much stopped writing. My health suffered. So I spent the last several years making health a priority and, for once, allowing something else other than the writing take take priority.

      I'm back. The words are flooding my mind, they slip down my arms through my fingers and spill onto the keyboard again. The river flows. And, of course, I'm online again.

      During 2010, Down the Writer's Path underwent a major transformation. No longer at Typepad, it is now among the growing legion of Wordpress blogs. I am still in the process of implementing changes so the transformation continues. In addition, I've added a Down the Writer's Path Facebook Fan Page.

      Do You Blog? What's Your Platform? - To blog or not to blog - Wordpress or Typepad or Blogger

      Every blogger has a different reason why they answered the call to blog. Why do you blog? Use the comment section to share your reasons.

      Do you blog? What's your Platform

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      Tomorrow - Big plans, More Writing, and Fun

      Future books, e-books, e-courses, audios, videos and more

      It's hard to predict the future but for the time being I will continue to write and to care for my mom. Will blogging be the only writing I do? No. Why should that habit change? I will continue to work on a major fiction project as I expand my work with Down the Writer's Path. For me the blog is a way to share all I've learned on my journey down the writer's path and how I've managed to live that rather "imperfect" writer's life. That means there will be more blogging, more books, more ways to share what I've learned. Writers have so many more avenues to publish now than when I first started that it's almost hard to figure out where to begin. But begin I will.

      Check out Down the Writer's Path, sign up to keep abreast with what's going on, and consider joining the fan page--and, of course, check out my work on Squidoo.

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      Share your comments, suggestions and questions here - I always want to hear from my readers

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          IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

          Thanks for sharing all of your blogging experience with us. Well done lens.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @indigoj: Thank you. I really appreciate that.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @JeanJohnson LM: I understand. I had 13 years of them. :) Best thing to do is to keep writing.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @BarbRad: Thanks, Barb.

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          Indigo Janson 4 years ago from UK

          We're lucky you decided to explore writing online over the last decade, and here's to the next one!

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          'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

          @Kaafscorner: Thanks! Good luck with yours, too.

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          Kaafscorner 6 years ago

          I love the way you have both provided information and promoted your blog - I will borrow a leaf from this lens.

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          JeanJohnson LM 6 years ago

          hope to learn something its hard when you get rejection letters

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          Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

          An encouraging bit of writing motivation. Blessed!

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