Social Media Just for Poets (and Authors Like You Too!)

Social Media Just for Poets by Frances CaballoDid you think that only novelists and nonfiction authors could benefit from social media? Well, let me introduce you to a new brand of poets: Instapoets.

These new poets haven’t graduated from Masters in Fine Arts programs yet they are tremendously popular online, can attract a dedicated audience of 150 people or more at readings at bookstores such as Barnes & Noble, and in some cases they are selling hundreds of thousands of books.

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34 Blogging Topics Just for Writers

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As I was traveling to Atlanta recently, a writer about to publish her first book sat next to me on the shuttle to the airport. Naturally, she started talking to me about her new website and blog.

What should I blog about, she asked?

It’s a common question. When we publish our first book, we think we’ve said everything we can on the topic. Then we learn that we need an author website and blog. So we wonder, should I write about my cancer, my trip to the Bahamas or my garden?

It depends. If you wrote a gardening book, it would make sense to write about your garden. If you wrote a memoir about surviving cancer, then you might want to write about cancer treatments.

To help new and veteran bloggers who are Indie marketers, I created this list of potential blog topics for you.

Blogging Topics for Nonfiction Writers

  1. If you wrote a book about how to become a better leader/entrepreneur/business owner, write a series of blog posts that outline the success of a variety of well-known business leaders from Steve Jobs to Richard Branson. Analyze their success, trying to find common threads.
  1. Contact successful business people – even in your community – and ask them if you can interview them about steps that led to their success.
  1. Is your book about surviving cancer or living with diabetes or another chronic condition? Keep up with advances in treatment and profile people who are living well despite their diagnoses.
  1. Regardless of your niche – be it grammar or engineering – continue your education in your field, keeping up with the latest advancements. Then write about changes in your niche so that your readership can keep up with the latest trends as well. Include interviews and analyses. Write a post that lists other blogs writing about a new development or write a glossary of terms that your readers need to be familiar with.

Do all that you can to continue your learning curve so that you can simultaneously help your readers with their continued education on your niche.

Blogging Topics for Fiction Writers

If you write fiction, you will have fun exploring potential topics. Write about:

  1. The character you killed. Explain why you removed him/her from the story.
  2. The genesis of the story. How did you come up with your idea for your novel, novella or short story?
  3. How you determined your characters’ names.
  4. Your protagonist’s favorite meal, food, or flowers.
  5. Your first public reading. Were you nervous? Was it well attended?
  6. An alternative ending for the story that you considered. Ask for feedback from your readers.
  7. An obstacle you encountered while writing the book or story How did you overcome it? How did the obstacle affect the story itself?
  8. The parents of your characters if they didn’t figure in the story.
  9. An illness one of the characters suffered from. Why did you assign that condition to that character?
  10. A scene that you removed from the story. Explain why you deleted it.
  11. Why you chose a particular socio-economic class for your characters?
  12. Your writing process. What time of day do you write and what’s your routine?
  13. How old you were when you first began to write and what that felt like.
  14. Your favorite authors and why you love their books.
  15. Which author you would most like to emulate.
  16. Who has been your major supporter as a writer?
  17. How your love of reading grew into a love of writing.
  18. Other genres you dabble in, such as poetry. Don’t hesitate to publish some of your poems as part of a blog post.
  19. If you wrote a political novel and you have traveled to the country or area where your story takes place, share some of your photographs you took and write about your visit there. What did you learn during your trip and how did you apply that knowledge to your story?
  20. Write about your publishing process. Did you look for an agent? Did you create your cover? Was the self-publishing process arduous or did you have help? Do you have suggestions for your readers who might also be writers wanting to publishing someday?

Blogging Topics for Poets

Here are some ideas for poets who blog.

  1. Which poet or poets influenced you the most in your writing and why?
  2. Discuss your imagery. Help your readers (like me) to understand references that might otherwise be obscure.
  3. Are you participating in a Slam? Use a Camcorder to videotape it and use the video as your post.
  4. Host a contest by giving your readers a challenge. Give them four words to use in a poem and ask them to submit their entries. Judge their poems and award prizes.
  5.  Describe your experience at a poetry reading. In fact, you might also want to create a podcast of it and include it on your blog so your readers can hear your voice.
  6. Did Billy Collins recently visit your town? Write about your experience hearing him in person. What was he like? How did the crowd respond to him?
  7.  Write about your writing process. Do you write every morning? What’s your routine like?
  8. If you meditate, write about how mindfulness enhances your poetry.
  9. Write about the story behind the poem.
  10. If you also write short stories or novels, explain how poetry enhances your prose.

Finally, query your readers. Use Survey Monkey to find out what they want to read on your blog and then tailor your posts to their preferences.

I hope you will continue this list of blog topics for writers in the comments below.

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About the Author: Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She’s a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference and a contributing writer at She’s written several books including The Author’s Guide to Goodreads, Avoid Social Media Time Suck, and Twitter Just for Writers, which is available for free here. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books. Her clients include authors of every genre and writer conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Ask Frances to prepare a social media audit for you.


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