Blog Direction

There is a huge difference between a blog FOR writers, a blog ABOUT writers, and a blog FOR readers.

I typically try to just make it a blog about “Kirk Allmond: The Writer”.  The things I’m doing professionally, the decisions I make, and the reasons for it.  I generally try to live by the code of “Praise in public, criticize in private.”  Which means I’ll probably not be talking about anyone else, unless it’s to talk about the great things they’re doing, like Armand Rosamilia and his Authors Supporting Troops book drive.

The problem about a blog about “Kirk Allmond: The Writer” is that I’m not really that interesting.  Here’s my schedule for 90% of my days.

  • 7:00 Get up
  • 8:00 Take the boy to daycare
  • 8:30 – 12:00 Write
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30 – 4:30 Write some more
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Pick up the boy
  • 5:00 – 7:00 Make dinner, hang out with Laura and The Boy
  • 7:00 – 8:00 Bedtime routine, and read to the progeny
  • 8:00 – 02:00 Write some while watching TV or play a video game with Laura (Currently Borderlands 2)
  • 2:00 go to bed

Sunday – Saturday, that’s my day most days.

Kind of boring.  I guess I could write a daily log of word-counts and plot ideas. But professionally, things don’t happen very often.  Think about your job, where you do your daily grind every day.  Every now and then, something noteworthy happens, but most days are just grinding out the work.

The way to be successful in this industry is to write.  In this day and age of a super-crowded, super-saturated market, the trick is to KEEP readers reading my work.  Which means I have to have enough work to keep them (you) reading.  And that means, putting down the words.

So.  I’m a guy who has been amazingly lucky in this industry.  I’m well aware that my success is based on luck.  I was in the right place at the right time and met the right people who pushed me to write and publish.  Again, not much to talk about there.

Which brings me to the point of this whole post.  I rarely update this blog, not because there aren’t things to talk about, but because there aren’t things to talk about relating to me as a writerer of wordy things.


4 thoughts on “Blog Direction

  1. Hey Kirk I was thinking of becoming a writer, but got discouraged because over-saturated market as you mentioned. Is it too late for me to try to make a name for myself?

  2. I don’t think everything about an author has to be designed to market their book. George R.R. Martin’s blog is just him talking about whatever pops into his head. My hope for my blog is all the video game, book, and other reviews I do will bring people to reading my stuff.

    • GRRM, Author of A Song of Fire and Ice, upon which the HBO smash hit Game of Thrones is based and he serves as executive producer? George R.R. Martin, best-selling author with over 25 million books sold?

      When I’m big enough that people refer to me by my initials and everyone knows who they’re talking about, I can have a blog that is whatever the hell I want.

      Until then, virtually every single thing I do is dedicated to getting my brand out there.

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