What are you blogging for?

Last week, literary agent and blogger Rachelle Gardner put up a post on the need for a platform for each writer, and a heated discussion ensued, more or less centered on blogging being a time suck for writers, and of “platform” being more than just an online presence.

This week, author Jody Hedlund reopened the discussion about blogging time-sucks, and what that means from her perspective. The discussion zeroed in on the return of investment a writer gets from his blog compared to how much time and nerve he invests in it.

Both Rachelle and Jody have realistic and constructive perspectives on blogging and author platforms, and I really respect and enjoy their blogs. They speak from experience, and really know what they’re talking about. Nevertheless, both discussions were inadvertently steered by James Scott Bell‘s comments, which can be easily ripped out of context and still convey damn much useful advice.

On Rachelle’s conclusion that almost every writer nowadays needs a platform, Jim says the following:

The good news now is that fiction writers finally have a platform-building program that makes sense: self-publishing. That’s because it makes actual readers. And that’s why trad publishers are all over their A list to write novellas and short stories prior to a major release. They know this is what a fiction platform building is all about.

So don’t pressure new fiction writers to be doing all those things that were fashionable in 2007. Especially starting a blog, which is the biggest time suck for the smallest return known to man.

Encourage them to work at their craft and publish.

More elaboration on his perspective is given on Jody’s blog:

Just to be clear, this was the context of my original statement: NEW fiction writers being told they HAVE TO “build a platform,” which included having a BLOG. Well, as Jody can tell you, it takes an incredible amount of work to create a blog that builds a “platform”, meaning lots of readers. It doesn’t take much work to do a blog that attracts a few and which might even be fun. But the key for the new writer is to figure out the best ROI (return on investment, which in this case means time and effort). I said on Rachelle’s blog that the better investment is writing, learning, and then self-publishing which builds actual readers in the most organic way.

Jody and Rachelle are both top bloggers and both have cut back on their blog frequency. It is HARD to do this in a way that builds a strong and continuous following. And that’s where I don’t like to see this pressure put on newbies who may not have the desire for consistent blogging. In virtually all cases, blogging will suck precious time and energy away from the “main thing,” which is writing at your top level.

Some of which can now be put in the self-publishing stream. It would be much more beneficial for a new writer, IMO, to trade blogging time for short story or novella time, get those ready (a big key) and get those out with frequency.

Sure, there is room for a low-traffic, low-expectation blog. It can be a communal thing, as long as community is defined as “wherever two or three are gathered.” That’s up to the writer. If she has fun with it and can manage it, there may be a few benefits. It may be a warm up the actual fiction writing engine, for example.

But my main concern, again, is with the new writer and “platform pressure.” And of all the things traditionally offered to get there, I stand by my contention that blogging has the worst return for the time invested. Writing and self-publishing has the best return.

This is what I want to talk about with you guys: return of investment.

In order to determine if your blog — which is not the same thing as your platform (more on that in a minute) — gives you back as much as you put into it, or more, you first have to be really clear about its purpose.

You can blog to spread a message, to establish your credibility in a certain field or genre, to prove your talent and storytelling skills, to attract agents, to attract your peers, to attract your readers, to sell your books and make money, to save kittens from drowning, or to flatter yourself in public. Writers blog for a really wild variety of reasons, and depending on those reasons their ROI will be measured differently, and it’ll be significant or catastrophic.

I believe it’s rather catastrophic for beginning writers to blog solely because they feel they have to, out of fear they won’t be considered “real writers” if they don’t. The result is usually a mediocre blog with forced articles on topics that stir no strong emotions within the blogger and clarify nothing, and every once in a while it’s peppered with rants and sighs. The ROI is reliably negligible. Wouldn’t that writer’s time and energy have been better invested in a few short stories, an extra novel draft or an online writing workshop? The ROI there is measured in increased skill and increased self-confidence. Wouldn’t that writer achieve his target of proving he’s a good writer much better through a good story than a mediocre blog? I strongly believe so.

On the other hand, if the reason for blogging is integrating into a community, the investment might look a whole lot different, and be comprised of blog hops, guest posts and participating in joined blogs. Or if the reason for blogging is the establishment of that writer’s credibility in a certain field or genre, then the investment will be greatly focused toward knowledgeability, quality and clarity of point of view. Or if it’s geared toward selling books, or getting traffic and good placement in search engines, or advocating a specific message such as in favor of gay rights, or, or, or.

Each purpose requires a different approach, and the ROI must be measured accordingly.

For a writer, having a blog just to have one, tweeting to get traffic to it because everybody does it that way, and commenting on other blogs just to have them check out his stuff, will always return less than what he invests in it. Such a blog is nothing more than a big time-suck.

Having a blog with a specific purpose, and aligning all other online activities to that one purpose, will result in a coherent online presence, and only then will these efforts become a platform. Not one moment before.

For beginning writers (which includes single published writers, regardless of means of publication) it is much more important to gain clarity of purpose, train their focus, and be in control of their efforts and investments, than to jump on the bandwagon and spread themselves so thin that nothing they do has any remarkable quality. Doing one or two things exceptionally well, will have a much greater ROI than doing ten things of mediocre or even poor quality.

So, in short, I agree with Rachelle Gardner that writers should work for their bread and not wait to be given attention and respect out of the blue. I also agree with Jody Hedlund that blogging can be a great time-suck and that each writer should calibrate his efforts. But I most strongly agree with James Scott Bell that writers should not forget that the reason of their existence, which is writing good fiction, takes precedence to blogging and strolling through the internet, and should be their first concern before anything else.

What do you think?

What are you blogging for, and how has it rewarded you so far?

 

36 Replies to “What are you blogging for?”

  1. What an important discussion. I love how you synthesized the arguments here and added your own value.

    I think the unanswered question is, “How do your goals for the blog change over time?” I see in my students who are starting blogs a great hunger to develop discipline in writing regularly, a desire to connect with others online, and a need to get feedback. And, if they work at it, all three of those come, and they are satisfying.

    But after six months, a year, or two (where I am at with my current blog), that isn’t necessarily enough. The discipline is there now. You are already well connected. You’re getting plenty of feedback. So what else is there that keeps you coming back?

    If it sounds like I’m asking for myself, the answer is yes. I’ve authored a number of different blogs over the years wearing various hats, but I think I still need to learn how to find those new motivators to keep going when so much in life competes with the time it takes to author a blog and author it well.

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    1. That’s a very important aspect to consider, Patrick. Thanks for adding it, and for sharing your opinion! Blogging goals definitely change over time, as the writer shifts his focus and also as he discovers where his efforts are better spent.

      I’ve been blogging for just over 10 months now, and even though the purpose of my blog has not changed, the effort I invest in it and the surrounding activities has. I’ve also discovered that gaining clarity on topics I care about through open discussion, clarity in both the opinions I form about these topics and the way I explain them, is a very good motivator to keep going. It’s somewhat a honing of rhetoric skill, which can be invaluable in writing compelling fiction. 😉

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      1. Vero, I love your point about how you gain clarity through open discussion. I absolutely make use of the great comments I get to help me work my way through things I don’t fully understand, and am open to new perspectives on things I think I do understand. That is a value of a dynamic blog that never changes. And how fantastic you can pair that with your fiction writing!

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  2. As usual, you’re stirring things up, Vero, making us think again… Ow, ouch, stop it, it hurts…

    Seriously, thinking about it for a moment, blogs are a very different medium to a book, suiting an entirely different purpose. If I stop and consider at how many people have gone from my blog to look at (and not necessarily purchase) one of my books on Amazon or Smashwords, I’d probably quit blogging. But it is a wonderful way of staying connected with readers between books, and is a wonderful outlet for those crazy thoughts bouncing around my head. I like blogging far more than FB or Twitter, as there’s more substance/focus, which is precisely your point. Blogs should be aligned to a purpose. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Thanks, Peter! 😀

      Indeed, blogging is a good way to connect and keep that connection between publications, as well as to exercise discipline and keep the gears oiled. It’s important, though, to be aware of what a blog can do vs. what it can’t do for a writer, and setting our expectations accordingly.

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  3. My blog began as a family record so that when we are all dust and ashes, descendents would have more than a list of names to hang on a family tree. It’s maintained because a) I still value the discipline but only on the basis of one article a week, because as we seem to be agreed it can be a dutiful time suck.
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    b) Because my belief is that a writer can or should be able to write on anything, because depending upon how you look upon it everything is interesting; then it’s a matter of ‘words’.

    What I’m not interested in so much is in developing a platform. That will be, or not be. As you said, going in there solely to create a platform is both artificial and usually a waste time. Sermon over : )

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    1. Oh I definitely agree with you Mike, on writers benefiting greatly from exercising their skills to write about anything and everything. The prerequisite here being they actually care about the matter, or have an opinion they consider useful to others.

      But like you said, doing it all because they heard it needs to be done, but having no clue what they’re doing and what it’s really doing for them in return, is nothing but a waste. 🙂

      Thanks very much for the comment!

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  4. This is an old problem that’s just reared its head again. A writer would spend a year submitting his novel to agents and get rejection after rejection — all the while, revising the query, revising the synopsis, but not working on the next book. Or a writer would get a book into POD and spend time trying sneak it into bookstores and putting bookmarks in bathrooms (yes, seriously) and not on working on the next book. Yes, promotion is important, but worthless without writing to accompany it.

    But it’s tough doing a blog, especially if you don’t have the platform nailed down. I took Kristien Lamb’s WANA, and all the writers immediately starting writing three posts a week. About six months later, everyone started dropping off their blogs to “get back to writing.” It’s one of the reasons I wrote Balancing Writing and Blogging over at Vision: http://visionforwriters.com/visionjoom/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=172&Itemid=169 Even then, I’m still learning how to manage my time when dealing with promotion and trying to do other avenues. The big thing no one — NO ONE — talks about is that you should be having fun with what you’re doing. If you’re not, it’s going to take more time and be easier to put off until it interferes with the writing.

    Linda Adams – Soldier, Storyteller

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    1. Thanks for the comment and the link to your article, Linda! Interesting points.

      It’s certainly a silly idea to commit to a strict blogging schedule before we’re even certain what our blogs are for, and what we want to be associated with and known for. Trying to blog three times a week, when it’s hard enough to find motivation and time to finish a draft, is certainly a counter-productive move. It’s important to learn how to manage our time and efforts, just like you suggested in your article, and not forget to love what we’re doing! 🙂

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  5. Blogging is certainly a big time suck, and I’m not sure it does much for fostering awareness or any useful marketing for your writing, but I think it’s comforting in a way sending out your book to an agent and waiting in limbo most definitely isn’t. Of course, you can get distracted to death, but at the same time feeling like you aren’t totally invisble to the publishing world (by that I also include writers and readers) helps, I think.

    mood

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    1. Very interesting point, Mood! Having a blog to create a sort of shadow we can throw on the ground to show our size, while we wait to be smacked down by the powers that be, definitely offers some emotional support. Thanks!

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  6. Honestly? I just blog for fun. Sometimes I’m more with it than other times. Sometimes I have more time to comment than others. It’s nice to be involved in things that give back to the community through blogging, but I’m just not that enlightened that I can create a blog of brilliant posts. If something strikes me, I write it. But I’ve stopped sweating about it. My job is fiction. The blog, it’s fluff.

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    1. Blogging for fun — like chatting, coffee talk at the office, meeting with friends in the park, and so on — is a great thing to do. It’s healthy, and entertaining. And I really like that you know what you’re doing it for, Jaye, that you have a clear understanding of its purpose and effect, and that it’s not more important than writing. That’s what matters! 🙂

      Thanks a lot for stopping by to comment! You busy little super star you! 😉

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  7. I’ve been slowly blogging for 1.5 years. But not to build a platform or anything.

    I’m a writer, but I don’t blog about writing. I love writing fiction, bit I DON’T WANT to write anything about how to do it. Not my job.

    My blog is about worldbuilding and I write 1-2 posts per month. I’m too busy or too lazy to write more articles than that. They’re big and heavy anyway, and some require to run and test scientific models to write about them. I will write less blog posts while I’m writing books, but I will write more posts in between projects.

    I blog to help other worldbuilders (occasionally they are writers too) and to have fun, (and to annoy the hell out of people who hate worldbuilding!), and I’ve met really great people (most of them scientists and engineers) who also love doing math and computer modeling. I have (and continue writing) a few posts outside the main topic, but those are just random topics about something that piqued my interest.

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    1. Jelena, your articles are freakin’ intimidating, no wonder you’re scaring the crap out of lazy worldbuilders! Ha ha! 😀

      I think it’s admirable that you do what you love, and that you love it with so much dedication and passion even though it’s not easy. Sometimes the most interesting and fun things in life aren’t easy. Blogging is also mostly hard, but if it’s done about topics one cares about, then it will be rewarding, even without generating a typical “author platform”.

      Thank you very much for the comment, and just for generally rocking! 😉

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  8. Love this discussion.

    Right now (meaning this very second), I dread blogging. But tomorrow I will probably be very excited by it. I’m moody that way. 😀

    I blog because I enjoy it, but the 3 posts a week schedule is too much for me. I’m leaning towards the slow blogging movement espoused by Anne R. Allen, but I wonder if that means narrowing my focus as well.

    But I do have to look at that ROI very carefully. I’m primarily a fiction writer. Blogging should not take away from the time spent producing stories.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to comment, Rabia! I’m glad you joined the discussion.

      It’s an on/off relationship to most everyone, this blogging deal. I don’t think I know of a writer/blogger who’s been posting articles every week throughout his entire career, without ever needing to take breaks. The most important thing is to not let it take over a part of your life, instead of you being in control of both the energy you invest and the rewards you get from it. 🙂

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  9. As usual, Vero, you’ve sparked a great discussion. I think Rachelle, Jody and Jim all make good points. Authors should have a way of building a readership. Blogs are a great tool for this, although it should never be the ONLY tool used in building a platform. This is where a lot of new authors get it wrong. For a while, I got it wrong. Maybe I’m still getting it wrong. I’m never sure. I do know that writing must come first. Marketing, platforms, etc. support your efforts, but they should never consume you. This is why I also agree with Jody. Blogs are a huge time-suck if you allow them to be. As Jim said, newbs shouldn’t be pressured into starting a blog beause they’re not a make-or-break factor, and they’re not always useful for every writer. However, a blog can help the newb understand the need for interaction and reaching out to readers. It gives you a chance to create your “persona” and become real for your reader. That can be valuable. Perhaps it’s not so important for a newb, but it is once you’re established. Blogging before the contract lets you work out the kinks before the “world” comes to see you.

    Blogs are funny animals, and you’re right, a blog’s “success” depends on the blogger’s goals and their approach. I see a lot of “author” blogs that are not at all about writing and I wonder why they’re labeled as an “author” blog. They write about life, kids, family, recipes, and occasionally an update about the publishing quest gets shoved in. They’re unfocused, and while I am a loyal follower of many of them, I don’t think that’s necessarily the what Rachelle is talking about when she’s discussing blogs as author platforms. My blog is unfocused, but I like it that way. I don’t for a second believe it’s helping to build anything.

    I started my blog because I was told I should. The first months were nightmarish and the posts reflect that. However, over time I realized I enjoyed blogging. It helps me learn to interact with folks outside of my “circle” and has helped my writing in many ways. I’m not a natural socializer, and getting feedback (aka: comments) helps me understand how others receive what I have to say. It’s been a huge learning experience. Still, not a platform-building experience. Blogging, for me, has turned into a social experiment that I’m still learning from.

    Now I blog because I want to. I enjoy tossing stuff out there and getting a response. Sometimes I write about nothing because I just feel like entertaining anyone who wants to read, other times I use it like a journal, but with an audience. 🙂

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    1. Great points, Renee.

      Having a blog definitely helps a beginning writer train his socializing and self-presentation abilities, and maybe even teach him a thing or two about humility.

      “Blogging before the contract lets you work out the kinks before the “world” comes to see you.”

      This is also very true, and I’ve seen the opposite have bad results. Writers who got great contracts and were pushed by their publishers to create a platform on the fly, and in their desperation and lack of previous experience, crashed it with blaring trumpets.

      I like your blog, and the fact that it’s not aimed at creating an “author platform” but is an extension of yourself. It can offer relief and communication with others across the world, and can give just as much if not more than blogging about the industry, and all that.

      Thank you very much for commenting! I love getting your input on things! 🙂

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  10. Blogging is definitely a time suck – but so is washing the kitchen floor! I think the part about finding a balance is crucial. Few of us have tons of discretionary time, so we need to be selective in how we spend it.

    For me, blogging is a way to write regularly and keep my imagination flowing. It’s also a way to make writing less of a solitary existence. Although I sometimes do think I’ve spent too much time on it, since I write observational humor, I know I’ll be able to use posts as part of bigger pieces in a future ms, or steal snippets from the current ms for an easy blog post when I need to cheat.

    It must be a lot harder for people whose blog writing is totally separate from the rest of their writing. In that light, I think it’s important to judge our blog results based on our followers. For instance, I tend to have more page views than some of the bloggers I’m friendly with, but many of them tend to get more comments. From what I’ve been able to tell, I have a lot of followers who are readers, not writers or even bloggers. Many of these people NEVER comment on any blogs they follow. As long as my visitor counts and page views keep climbing, I’ve stopped obsessing about the small number of comments.

    Bloggers who post about writing attract more writers, who do tend to write comments.

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    1. Hehe, I’m also one of those who reads all your posts but rarely comments, Cindy! 😀

      I totally get what you’re saying. For someone who displays exactly the skills she uses in fiction, or posts fiction instead of blog posts (like some blogs with flash fiction pieces or weekly short stories), the comments are rarely as important as the pageviews or number of tweets/likes. We do tend to forget that writers are wordier, and that most other readers of blogs and fiction don’t comment and chat and yap as much as we do. 🙂

      Thanks a lot for the comment! Very insightful.

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  11. Wow–I’m so grateful to land on this post. (Saw it via @PatrickRWrites).

    You hit a nerve with me . . . because I don’t think I can answer that question. My blog is “successful” in that people seem to read it and it’s brought me a certain credibility as a writer. Actually the blogging “genre” suites me well. However, I’ve veered so far from my fiction roots that I’m not sure where I’m going. My blog has brought me many guest spots on well-respected, high-traffic blogs. Still .. . I write the posts for free. I seemed to have become something of a full-time free writer/blogger. Yet, going back to writing fiction all alone with the hope of one day publishing a book seems impossible to imagine after two years of that instant feedback you get through blogging.

    Sorry to get so into the details of MY blog. What I really came here to say was–this was such an excellent post, and I appreciate you bringing the other posts (Jody’s, etc) together for this discussion.

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    1. Thanks, Nina! And nice meeting you. 🙂

      Blogging really is a genre, with own rules and tricks that make it work better or less, and it takes just as much long term commitment and effort as a writing career, despite the differences. The instant feedback can become addictive, and I bet this happens to every single blogger who’s successful, or hits a peak of traffic now and then.

      Well, I think as long as it’s rewarding to the blogger (and that reward isn’t necessarily measured in money) and as long as there’s no illusion as to what blogging is and does for that person, I see no problems there. It’s rather when people get swallowed whole by their “blogging obligations” when they wish they were doing something else, that trouble ensues.

      Thank you very much for stopping by to comment, Nina!

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    2. Hey Nina! It was interesting to read your take on how your blog has evolved, and what that means to you. One thing I think you’ve written about is how it has helped you appreciate your creative nonfiction side, which as a CNFer myself I think is really great. I think one reason your blog is popular is that you are so honest about your journey, as you are in this comment. And I’m so glad you found your way here through my tweet!

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  12. I think that’s a question every blogger should ask themselves from time to time, particularly if you’ve been doing it for a long while. It wasn’t so much about building a platform for me, at least that wasn’t the sole aim. I definitely realize that it’s become a piece of that puzzle, but the real platform building I’m invested in at this stage of my career is the short fiction I’m writing and publishing. I’m not even remotely near the stage of the game where people are googling my name to find my online presence or anything. For the most part, the only people who want to know more about me right now are the editors I’m engaging, and the only thing they want to know is “Who’s published you?” and “Is your story worth buying?” I don’t need a blog to answer those questions, I need a cover letter and a manuscript.

    That may change one day, and if that day comes I’m sure it will be a nice bonus to have a pretty established online presence already in place. But for me, at the end of the day, I blog because I enjoy it. I enjoy writing and reading about speculative fiction and the craft of writing. The blog has pretty much served as a channel for all of the content I was already generating on a regular basis on message boards, in work shops, and at other people’s blogs. Even the “networking” part is something I was already doing. I was reading other blogs on a daily basis long before I had one of my own to send people to. It is nice to have another hilltop to shout from when I have something to brag about, I guess, but really I just enjoy doing it, and that enjoyment is absolutely critical in my continued effort in the blogosphere. It’s the reason I only blog once a week, and the reason you rarely see much negativity or controversial stances from me there. It just wouldn’t be as fun for me if I was complaining or battling it out over there.

    And honestly, if the day ever comes when I don’t enjoy blogging anymore, a day where it becomes “work,” that will be it for me. I’ll convert the site into a standard author page and put the blogging aspect on hold. For now though, the blog is a fun part of my routine, so it’s going to stick around. 🙂

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    1. I really appreciate that about your approach, James, that you focus more on writing great short stories and getting them published, than on blogging. Sure, having a headquarters is a nice thing, just like you said, and I definitely see the benefit of that myself, but writing comes first, ’cause without it, having a “writer’s blog” is pretty pointless.

      Your posts on speculative fiction are great, and I enjoy the laid back and relaxed attitude your whole blog has. It wouldn’t suit you to get on top of a soapbox and complain about things you can’t change, or to go blog about things you don’t care about. 🙂 Keep up the good work just as you have so far, and I’m sure it’ll keep paying out. As long as you’re having a great time and the results you wish for, all’s peachy! 🙂

      And thanks!

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  13. Great post, especially since I’ve just gone through this deliberation with my blog. I really liked Patrick Ross’s comment about how goal for a blog can change over time. That rang true with me since I started a blog purely for networking. But now I’m hoping to put out some content that others might find of use or entertaining AND networking.

    I think it’s really important for us to put ourselves out there, but we just have to be super judicious with our time. Some days I’ve spent all morning on ‘networking’ projects and wasted all my writing time. I’m learning that I have to budget my time so I don’t lose what’s really important.

    Thanks for the discussion!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Anthony! Nice meeting you.

      It’s true that goals change over time, and we must adapt to the demands that we face, and take care of the time we invest into the sidelines of writing. We have so many things we need to do that it’s sometimes hard to keep focused on what really matters (telling compelling stories) and blogging can be both an advantage and a disadvantage in that respect.

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  14. Thanks for the thoughtful and interesting post, Veronica. Seems to be the topic du jour–I tackled this very subject myself 3 weeks ago on my own blog. Fascinating to read other takes on it.

    For anyone interested, my own post of 9/26 on this exact issue can be found at the link below. I hope you won’t think I’m spamming you here, and feel free to bounce the post if I’m breaching protocol 🙂

    http://dariospeaks.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/the-writing-bloggers-dilemma/

    Best,
    Dario

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  15. I blog about other books within my genre. Since I know I am blogging for my readers, it makes blogging easier since it is just an extra step after reading mysteries. If you have a clear idea of what you are trying to accomplish, it makes blogging less of a time suck. And who say there is a posting schedule to blogging? When you put up good information, readers will subscribe and over time the search engines will find you.

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    1. Blogging for the readership (as opposed to blogging just for one’s own ego) is a much better way to go about it, makes it more fun—just like you mentioned, and it also brings the best results. It’s all about communication in the end.
      Thanks for stopping by to comment, A.R.! 🙂

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  16. Why do I blog? Well, I’m realistic enough for it NOT to be so that when my first novel finally gets published, legions of people will go “Oh yes, the famous Wendy Christopher! How I do enjoy her marvellous blog I’ve been following for years now – I must immediately rush out and purchase what must undoubtedly be her equally marvellous new book!”

    *pauses for a moment to recover from fit of ironic laughter, tinged with a hint of nervous despair.*

    It’s okay I’m fine, really. Where were we? Oh yes. Well, I blog for the discipline of writing stuff regularly and to a deadline, mostly. A safe, self-imposed deadline that won’t actually ruin a potential future career like, say, missing a deadline for freelance work for magazines and such. Once I’ve got that down to a fine art I might dip me toes in the scary waters of actual commercial commissions and such – but until then, my blog is my training ground for learning to be a reliable writer.

    I have two ‘rules’ for my blog; I try to post consistently (every two weeks minimum, barring illness, disasters and zombie invasions) and my subject for each post HAS to be something I have passionate opinions about. If I’m just phoning in the feelings it shows all over my writing like baby sick and in that case I’d rather not post anything at all. It does mean I have to ‘dig’ sometimes for things to get all fired up about, but fortunately I can usually make myself do that after enough head-banging and inspirational chocolate. (However, I do also have some half-written, didn’t-quite-make-it posts languishing in an ICU folder on my hard drive, that may rise again at some point in the future.)

    It’s also a chance to switch to something new for a couple of days, to keep my brain fresh and stop me hating my current w-i-p. (I don’t hate it really, I love it. But spending every day with it occasionally makes me want to scream and throw crockery at it for not putting the bins out, leaving the toilet seat up – y’know, that kind of thing…)

    This is a treasure trove of a blog, by the way – I’m having big fun delving around in all sorts of areas! Amuse yourself for a while, my dear w-i-p – I may be some time… 😉

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    1. Oy, this blog post is burried real deep in the archives… 2012? You really ARE snooping around, Wendy. 😛

      Thanks for doing so, and commenting, btw!

      It’s surprising how much the “blogosphere” has changed since 2012 — but how little my position toward blogs & platform has changed. And James Scott Bell is still one of my most favorite and beloved indie coaches.

      Yes, blogging can be a really good way to learn to be consistent and structured in your writing. It’s a good way to practice discipline. But writing fiction has quite little in common with blogging, this discipline won’t automatically translate to a consistent fiction writing routine. I’m NOT talking it down or anything, quite the contrary!!! Just giving you my heads up. No skill is EVER wasted — and an indie has to have a ton of different skills to be successful.

      I wish you all the best and plenty of perseverance and dedication in this new year! Don’t forget to HAVE FUN whatever writing you do. 🙂

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