With the explosion of blogging writers—blog savvy or not—have been told they need to write their own blog. Or subscribe to several blogs. And lets not forget the writers who get noticed by publishers and agents because of their blogging. But is blogging a necessary career move for a writer?
For a long time I avoided blogging because I feared it would distract me from my fiction writing. Why should I abandon my characters, knee-deep in their problems, to join the thousands of other writers trying to be heard? I reasoned that the stampede of voices could do with one less opinionated writer.
So I stubbornly said no to blogs for years. I didn’t have the time; I didn’t have anything to say. I didn’t know how to do it-oh never mind-back to my writing! The only problem with this streak of stubborn denial is that while I helped my characters find true love or win that inner battle I wasn’t getting my thoughts or words read. Yes, I did the work but it was in other stages of writing or editing or marketing. Something always kept it hidden from the world.
It took two years of reading blogs (yes I caved into that one right away) to realize I wanted people to read my words. To understand me. To connect with me. I think that’s what writing is all about, whether it’s fiction, blogging, or nonfiction. We want the audience to connect to something we’re putting out.
I know writers who’ve cultivated connections with agents and publishers through their blogs, as well as writers who started a blog after they’ve published a book. One isn’t exclusive to the other, but I do feel like you have to start somewhere. So, that’s what I’m doing. I’m starting here. I’m connecting to people in a bigger way than I’ve ever done.
Yes, the little writing recluse in me still howls about wasted time and editing novels, pitching agents, etc. But I think blogging will be a good way for me to share ideas and inspire others. Or at the very least make them think. Am I doing this to get my name out there and hope, hope, hope one day that an agent or publisher might look me up and find that I do have a blog and a website and I am witty and talented and marketable?
We all hope that. It’s an unfortunate side effect of being a working writer. But if you dig to the core of writing blogs you'll find we writers just want to talk about our twisted romance with writing. That’s what it’s about. And that’s what this blog is about.