Attn: For Haiku Society of America members only: HSA National Summer Meeting. 11 a.m–7 p.m., (Eastern Time through Zoom), Saturday, July 11. (Watch for email notices from the HSA)
Charlotte Digregorio’s Topic: Build Your Haiku Network through The Art of Blogging
Charlotte Digregorio will speak at 11 a.m. on how to start and develop a blog to build your network with other haikuists. Digregorio, who has been blogging at charlottedigregorio.wordpress.com for more than five years, has developed a large following from sixty countries by focusing on giving her readers/followers many tools they can use to successfully write and publish not only haiku, but many other genres, expanding their literary and writing knowledge. She runs multiple posts each day for their reading pleasure and advancement as writers, and showcases their work, creating a huge forum.
Blogging, if done effectively, increases your recognition as a writer, yields invitations as a speaker, helps you sell books, allows you to form friendships and professional contacts, and makes haiku more visible to the general public, Digregorio says. Successful blogging, however, is not focused on you and your needs, but it promotes other writers, their work, and gives them a forum. It discreetly benefits you if you focus on making it a public service, she adds.
Digregorio runs, among many features, The Daily Haiku. She is the author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, her classic instructional book, and her latest book, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing (an inspirational reference book), along with five other titles. She was honored for her lifelong achievements in the literary arts by the Governor of Illinois, and served for many years as an HSA Executive Officer.