We frequently hear our literary friends asking how to manage their writing time more effectively, and while blogs often come up in the conversation, the idea of using a blog to build and test material for a new book is not often mentioned. Nina shared her suggestions for posting frequency and word count goals, and even for the busiest of writers, her suggestions are very attainable.

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Every author, or soon to be author, who reads this blog knows one indisputable fact: completing a book is hard work. Blood, sweat and tears flow – and that’s just to get through chapter one. Or is there an easier way? Publishing expert Nina Amir thinks so, and after reading her book, How to Blog a Book: How to Write, Publish and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time, I do too.

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It’s hard to know when to stop sometimes, isn’t it?  Over the last few years, it’s been drilled into our heads that we must deliver outstanding content to be a successful blogger.  If we don’t, Google will reject us.  And no one wants to be rejected by Google. So we add a bit more, tinkering here and there in hopes of finding the right combination of eye candy to entice our readers.  But none of it really seems to work and what we’re left with is visual clutter, overworked posts, and unremarkable content. So, how do we streamline our blogging process to deliver the relevant, quality content our readers demand?  Let’s see what the online authorities can share to help us in our quest for blogging simplicity.

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I've heard from quite a few authors lately who just can't think of anything interesting to write about on their blogs. Sure, they know frequent blog updates are crucial for keeping their existing readers engaged, updating social media feeds, and  attracting new visitors to their websites. In short, they know that blogging is one of the best free tools for promoting their books. But they also feel like most of their creative energy goes into those books, and there's not much left over for weekly or, God forbid, daily posts... If this sounds familiar, if you're an author struggling to generate the kinds of blog posts that consistently interest your fans, I hope the three articles linked below will help you find the missing inspiration to blog, blog often, and build a bigger readership for your books:

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In this interview, Nina Amir provides tips on how to turn your blog into a book, position yourself as an expert, and build your writing career upon an inspired foundation. 

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Blogging is tremendous fun, and pretty engaging even if you don’t love your topic. Well, this is true most of the time... Here's how to generating new blog ideas when you're stumped.

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It’s difficult to post fresh content on your blog every single week. Even the most inspired writers hit a wall once in a while. But don't get too frustrated. Not every blog post needs to be a brilliant essay. It's possible to be an effective blogger and spend less than 15 minutes writing each post! How? By varying the kinds of posts you publish, you’ll keep readers more engaged and make it easier for you to generate compelling content on-time—all the time.

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