As a way to reinvigorate and reenergize our efforts here at Southern Spines, I am participating in the 2013 WordCount Blogathon. Freelance journalist Michelle Rafter created the Blogathon six years ago and has grown the event every year. I first accepted the challenge of writing a blog post every day for an entire month two years ago when I was writing for another blog, which is now defunct. What I discovered is that the WordCount Blogathon provides a fantastic opportunity to connect with bloggers from different parts of the country who write about a variety of subjects outside my usual areas of interest. When I participated before, I read and commented on others’ blog posts, shared links and promoted others’ efforts on Twitter and most importantly, wrote a blog post every single day for a month. As I tell my clients who are using blogging to connect with their target readers, consistency is the key to any great blog. And I usually follow up with another trite saying, “Do as I say and not as I do.”
Luckily, these last few months have been filled to overflowing with incredible book events. I never take for granted just how rich the arts and literary communities are in Atlanta. I’ve met some of the finest people–readers, writers, booksellers, publicists and others–in the publishing industry. And yes, I’ve been reading some really wonderful books! I’ve got interviews, photos and giveaways galore, so I hope you’ll check in here every day in June. If you’re new to Southern Spines, please leave a comment and introduce yourself below. Or tweet me up on Twitter; I’m @alisonlaw.