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"Every poem can be considered in two ways--as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes..."
C. S. Lewis
" Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. "
T. S. Eliot
Poetry Blog Part One: To blog or not to blog, is blog profit the question?
I’ve seen a few poetry blogs I enjoy and I’ve bookmarked a few of them. With the economy the way it is, I’ve wondered lately if this was an untapped revenue stream for me. I did some preliminary research and here are my thoughts so far.
There are good and bad blogs. Some are boring, some have inaccurate information, and some are obviously out for profit—and I haven’t decided if I like that they are obvious about it. However, I don’t think I’d want them to be sneaky about it either. Then there are others that make you laugh out loud (for real), entertain you, and give you useful information.
I know myself. This has got to be fun for me or I won’t keep up with it—or I will resent the time I spend on it if I do keep up with it, which will still eventually mean that I will stop doing it. So, the first thing I need to do then is to make a list of things I know about and enjoy doing. From that list I need to decide if there is enough I know about that topic or would like to learn more about, or explore further that will be interesting enough for me to write about often enough to keep readers interested and coming back to read again.
Next, do I have enough time for this? The nice thing about this is it seems like you can really put as much or as little time into a blog as you want, as long as you are consistent—so your readers know what and when to expect a post from you. Be sure to factor in the time you will need to promote and maintain your blog.
Then, I will need to decide how I want to create profits through my blog. I could have advertising or sell a product (which could be a chapbook or other poetry items), or review things for pay—or a variety of all these things combined. There are other ways, but these seemed the most common for the beginning blogger.
Will there be a Poetry Blog Part Two? I’m not sure yet. I do know that if I decide to do this that I will follow the “do what you love and the money will follow” motto. I won’t be in it for the big bucks, but if they come I surely won’t turn them away. ;)
If you’ve gotten this far and you’re sure you want to forge ahead with a blog, here are the things you’ll want to think about next (and will be part of my Poetry Blog Part Two—if ever there is a part two, or three or four):
--Learning from others, what does and does not work
--Type of blog
--Ways to promote your blog
--Doing more than one blog?
Theme: Poetry blogs and blogging
Blogs I like outside of WDC (the first two you may recognize as authors here):
There are more, but I have to dig them up again after the big laptop crash of 2011. These are the ones that come to mind right away and that must mean they were memorable.
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By: LinnAnn-WE GOT THIS
Comment through email: The problem I have is that I live in a podunk town, and our library doesn't have much in the say of magazines that take poetry. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks for the hard work you put into this newsletter. LinnAnn
I have reference books and magazines that I start my research with (Poets & Writers magazine, Writer's Digest, etc.) and I also will do a Google search with "poetry submission guidelines." If you aren't familiar with the publisher, you might want to do some research on them before you submit work to them, and don't ever send in a reading fee. I will for some contests, but never to submit my work for publication.
Comment: "Poetry is a subjective genre." Publishing one is my objective. Both are my passions. Thanks for the leads.
Comment: Good advice, enjoyable read.
Comment: I love your feedback. I would love to become a part time writer but can't always find the time but i am interested
I understand, Monique. That's the most difficult part for me--finding the time. Being a single mom of four, and education student with a job leaves me with precious little time to write.
Thank you all, as always, for the feedback!
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