I had an interesting piece of spam…

This spam comment was left on my personal blog:

Superb blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused .. Any suggestions? Cheers!

It was, of course, immediately followed with “please visit my website at [link broken],” but the questions were good ones.

My advice for aspiring writers is…write.  If you don’t have a version of Word, then download OpenOffice (free), and use their Writer program.  You can save that as a Word document, and its programs open Office files.

If you want to start with a blog, by all means go with either Blogger or WordPress, or another free platform.  Don’t pay for something unless you’re already a successful, published author, and need the website for your books and to communicate with your fans.  And even then, some authors keep the free blog they started when they were just starting out.

If you’re a blog reader, and would like to be a blog writer, but have no clue how to go about it, leave a comment.  I can post instructions on how to get started in both Blogger and WordPress, with screen captures.  My day job is as an English Adjunct at MSSU.  One of my assignments for my classes is that they have to keep a blog for the entire semester.

Again, the best advice I can give any aspiring writer is write.  Write.  Write.  Hone your skills.  Practice your craft.  Learn to read and critique your own work.  And keep writing.