How often should you blog to keep readers interested and the search engines buzzing? I’ve been reading advice on this from the LL-Publication blog here and I should be posting new pages twice or three times a week. Once a week is usually all I can manage because I am a writer, grandpappy, hiker, cyclist, and house-husband. I don’t want to scribble blogs for their one sake. This month is exciting blogwise, because I am traveling on a blog tour for my ARIA: Left Luggage book.
At the beginning of the month I was on the delectable Suzanne McLeod’s blog here, with a piece on coincidences. I note she has around 2 or 3 blog posts per week. This week should have been the turn of Les Floyd on his Lesism blog. Sadly, Les is ill in hospital after a spontaneous pneumothorax resulting in a collapsed lung. Hope you are getting better, Les. He said he’ll post my blog piece when he gets out and finds it in his three million or so emails!
Meanwhile the superb award-winning writer, Jonathan Pinnock hosts a blog piece of mine at http://www.jonathanpinnock.com/ later today. BTW Jonathan has been shortlisted AGAIN for the prestigious Bridport Prize for short stories. Congrats, Jon. I like that he says he doesn’t quite understand his stoy (if I understood it correctly). Haha, how many of my critiquers at the BSFA Orbiters complain that I haven’t explained everything? Well, not many but yahoo anyway. Ah, now I can tag the words Bridport Prize and attract thousands of hits to this blog, although it’s Jonathan’s blog that is more deserving. Haha.
My piece on Jonathan’s blog is The Lure of Bridges. I have a cartoon there of wind blowing me around on top of the Grosvenor Bridge in Chester. Last night that bridge was closed because an attempted suicide chap was being talked down. By chance I’d forgotten my blog piece was about bridges when I posted about Grosvenor Bridge this morning on facebook. Lo and behold there is my cartoon! To think my blog piece for Suzanne McLeod was on Coincidences! You can’t make it up.
I went for a cycle ride this morning and didn’t like it – shock! The sun was out – hooray, but too low and in my eyes – boo. My prescription sunshades from Optilabs (come on send me a free pair for the plug) are great, filtering out the harsh glare but I worried about drivers coming up behind me. Are they wearing shades? Can they see me? It reminded me why I like booking a week in the Mediterranean for a cycling hol as I did last autumn. I was wondering whether to celebrate my upcoming birthday on Guy Fawkes, cycling the TT race circuit on the Isle of Man, but it would either be raining or the sun would be low. Grrr. Also I can’t find an IOM cycle dealer who can rent me a carbon fibre road bike. I could take my own Dawes Super Galaxy but it takes away some of the pleasure of riding a superlight bike for a few days. An alternative celebration is do something related to my other interest of hiking AND ARIA: Left Luggage. Much of the book is set in the Anafon valley in North Wales. I have a yearning to catch a train to Llanfairfechan (love saying that to the ticket office) and walk, via Anafon and a Roman road, back home to Chester. 60+ miles over hilly terrain. About four days at my pace, especially if I took tent, sleeping bag and food. I might cheat and use guest houses – there’s only one youth hostel en route. Here’s a pic of that Anafon valley. Read ARIA: Left Luggage if you want to see how I use that valley! You’ve not seen this photo of this ‘hidden’ valley before. It’s taken by me from near the summit of Drum. To the right – East- is the Roman road, Anglesey is in the distance. Anafon lake is visible only visited by me and a few fishermen … until they had amnesia and forgot it…