First, a deadline check:
NBC Writers on the Verge - June 30
Fox Diversity Development Writing Program - July 3
WB Writers Workshop - July 25
Disney/ABC Fellowship - August 8
A question from Lewis: I've started a blog recently and I've got about a handful of readers, mostly people who I've had loose contact with, so I've been wondering...how long did it take for your blog to find its audience?
I've been blogging since high school, but I started this particular blog about a year ago, right before I made the big move to LA. I decided to stop whining about my astounding ability to gain five pounds in one weekend and instead focus on my path to TV writerdom. I think that's step one: give your blog a solid focus, and write about stuff that people want to read about. If you're just writing about your life, you're probably not going to get that many readers, unless your life is really unique and interesting (Diablo Cody's blog about stripping did get her noticed, after all). I answer questions from readers and write about what (I think) aspiring TV writers need to know.
My readership hasn't really come gradually; once Jane Epsenson, Alex Epstein and The Chicago Tribune's The Watcher linked me, my hits grew exponentially. Literally overnight. That's step two: get noticed by other bloggers who get more hits than you. Also, you've gotta blog often and keep up the interesting posts so that people keep coming back.