Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.
Please take note that the IWSG Facebook schedule has changed slightly. The Fun Friday and Saturday News & Promo posts have been replaced by the Friday News & Promo post.
A reminder – our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG.
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Now onto the business of the day. Recently, there's been lots of talk around the blogosphere about the state of blogging, is it dying out etc. etc…. as well as how to find the balance between blogging/writing/social media/reading…
I've also been thinking about these issues and have settled on a new blogging schedule. The thing is I enjoy blogging, over and above all other forms of social media. Giving it up is not an option. Not for me, anyway. According to Jay Noel, whose blog just hit the 9-year mark, so he's really been around in this blogging game: "Blogging continues to evolve. It's seen as a powerful platform for businesses, and private blogging is seen as just another strand in the world wide web of social media." You should check out his post. He's gathered data from some of the largest blogging surveys and other sources too. So the point is that blogging is here to stay! You should also check out a post by Denise Covey which touches on the subject of how to make blogging more interesting…
So here's the plan. I'm going to post once a week… on a Monday. And I'm going for a 'mixed bag' styled post, which will include "whacky words" where bloggers can play along. For those who followed my A to Z theme last year, you'll know what I'm talking about. I'll also include any cover reveal/blog hop/guest post that I may have signed up for, in the weekly post. When necessary, there will also be an update on writing projects. I may throw in some Flash Fiction. Lastly, I'm thinking of including a photo at the end of the post. This will force me to get out and about, and 'brush up' on my photography skills, and we DO have some spectacular scenery this side of the world! Or maybe some information about South Africa – I'll call it AFRI-SCAPE, or something along those lines. So what do you think? Do any of those ideas appeal to you? Let me know in the comments.
I'm taking a little time away from blogging, just 2 weeks. But you can still catch me lurking on Facebook, and I'll probably visit some blogs in between, so I won't be completely off the radar. I'll be back on Monday August 25th to kick-off my new posting schedule.
Before I go, a reminder that the IWSG anniversary is coming up! IWSG will be 3 years old! Guess what? There will be a special celebration and all IWSGers are invited! We have a wonderful SURPRISE planned. You'll find out more about this in September!
Now I'm off to visit some IWSG'ers! You should do the same.