As hard as it is to believe, the one year anniversary of the Grassroots Writers’ Guild is almost here. While we didn’t actually go public until December 2009, Julia and I spent literally hundreds of hours getting the blog ready prior to publishing it, so September is our anniversary. Given how neither of us knew much about blogging (as Star Trek’s Doctor McCoy might have said, “Damn it, Jim, I’m a writer not a webmaster!”), we felt pretty good once we got the site up and running. And we feel even better now, knowing that we are getting regular readers and attracting new ones every week. That was our original goal in forming GWG, so it’s nice to say Mission Accomplished.
On the other hand, we still have much to do. It’s amazing how much work it is to keep a blog current. Writing new posts every week—meaning posts people might actually want to read—is a lot more work than we thought it would be. Not so much the writing itself as coming up with fresh ideas. In addition, we must update our personal pages from time to time, sort through comments and decide which are appropriate for publication, answer reader inquiries via email, check our photo and PDF links to make sure they still work, and find and download photos to go with our posts. (Readers tell us they are more apt to read a post with an accompanying photo than one without, so far be it from us to disappoint.)
All of that said, we have no regrets. Maintaining this blog is well worth the effort. Within the next couple of weeks, we will be taking an in-depth look at our marketing strategy as we move into year number two, so please stay turned.