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The art of blogging, I passed my first grading


Lots of people write blogs. Some write them to record their thoughts and lives, writing an invaluable historical account of life in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Others write them to comment on aspects of more serious matters such as politics, economics, the environment and animal welfare for example.

Yet more, me included, write blogs in order to get their work out in front of people and to hopefully grow their network. All of us are hoping that people will read our entries.

In order to do that, we have to write posts that people actually read. If we don’t do that, we’re completely wasting our time.

My results have been mixed. Probably as mixed as my background and interests. I’m a martial artist, a self-protection instructor, a gamer, a tabletop battler, a father, a husband, a former journalist, and a wannabe author.

As a result my blog has posts from all of these interests. Some posts get more views than others and, some days go absolutely ballistic as a certain post seems to hit a nerve.

One of these is my account of my full contact zombie experience. Others are my very recent Bolt Action scenarios, and a post about making sandbags for my figures.

The reason that these did so well was that I was able to identify groups and forums on Facebook under the internet and then post links to the blogs.

Traffic went – for me – through the roof. As such I believe I have passed my first grading. I now know two areas that I enjoy writing about, and which people enjoy reading about.

How I work on this and increase my presence and readership is going to be part of my next grading. Who knows how long that will take, but it will be fun.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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