THE NON-BLOG EXPERIMENT AND CONTEST

This might be fatal but I’m going on a summer blogging hiatus that might become permanent. I plan to switch over to journal mode and add a page when the gang at Jones House Creative can help me out. And rather than just call it Jillian’s Journal I’d like to open this up for my readers to help me out.

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If you’re interested in participating, I’m going to giveaway all three books of my Ravensmoore Chronicles and a $25.00 gift certificate from Amazon for the winner. All you need to do is be creative. What should I name my new journal page? I’ll pick the one I like best and I plan to post the winner on the Fourth of July. So get creative, mark your calendars, and don’t forget to leave your e-mail address in your comment. You can only enter one time and must be a resident of the U.S.A. The contest will end on July 1st Pacific Time.

So why am I going on a blogging hiatus? Because I want to spend more time doing other things like reading, writing novels, and enjoying this summer with my family.

It may not seem like a big deal but everything we writers add to our plates takes time away from getting the work done. Some writers are experts at this and I marvel at what they can accomplish and what they have to say. The need to blog to reach our audiences is changing and has been changing for some time now. If you missed this blog post over at Jody Hedlund’s Blog and you’re a writer I suggest you check it out: Do Agents and Editors Expect Novelists to Blog.

Each of us is gifted in different areas of our lives and as writers we need to stay in touch. However, there are all kinds of ways to do that. I will continue to blog once a month at Just The Write Charisma Blogspot and on the 29th of every month over at the Christian Fiction Historical Society. I think group blogs are the easiest so I hope you’ll visit often.

I enjoy Twitter more than blogging every week and more than (dare I say, Facebook?) I like the idea of a journal. Short and sweet updates when I want to say something more than I can on Twitter, but much less than a typical blog post.

So this is my last official blog post for the summer here on my page with the exception of when I pick the winner of my future journal page on the Fourth of July. I appreciate all my followers and hope you’ll sign up on my mailing list if you haven’t already. I’d love to be able to reach you when exciting things are happening. This blog will remain available for all to read. Don’t forget all the great blogs posted to the right of this page. There’s much to explore. Have an awesome summer.

What’s your favorite form of social media?

31 thoughts on “THE NON-BLOG EXPERIMENT AND CONTEST

  1. Jillian,

    Blogging is a lot of time, effort, and totally can steal time better devoted to writing. I like your concept of journaling and am looking forward to seeing how it works out.

    Hmmmm, as far as a name, I’m thinking something fun that rhymes (I’m a sucker for alliteration). Here’s my entry :)

    Jillian’s Writing Journey: Chronicles from the Keyboard

    Christi Corbett

  2. FROM ME TO YOU or Thoughts Of The Day or take after your book title and do something like Secrets Of My Heart
    JFWisherd at aol dot com

  3. How about “Short & Sweet Updates from Jillian” or “Jillian’s Newsworthy Nuggets”. It’s fun being creative…Linda
    dmcfarl101(at)juno(dot)com

  4. what about Jill’s Quill? I know it’s not Jillian, but it goes together so well! Jillian’s Quill just doesn’t have the same ring. Jillian’s Post might work, too. You need something that harkens back to your genre. “Post” would do that, but you’d have to go with a very recognizable icon so that people knew it was like a letter from you to us. maybe a nice envelope with a wax seal?

    best of luck! I love brainstorming!
    jeannie
    the character therapist ®

  5. Hi Jeannie,
    I love this too! Then I could use some kind of historical looking quill for the journal site. :) I love brainstorming too. I could probably do the quill and the envelope and wax seal for the site as well. Oh this is fun. Thanks Jeannie.

    • I think that would look so cool…with the quill and wax seal. I also totally want to win your books, b/c I haven’t read any of them yet! Can you believe that? We counselors have to stick together better than that. :)

    • Hope you do get to read these novels at some point in the future, Jeannie. You know the life of a counselor plus our writing world commitments, family needs, etc. Stick together indeed.

  6. Coming in late, but, how about: Jots with Jillian, or Jotting with Jillian, or Jillian Jots, or any form thereof. I actually thought of “Jots and Tittles” (Matthew 5:18) but that may be a reach. :) Fun contest!

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