As I (quickly) approach the beginning of my 4th year of owning a writing blog, it occured to me that there are a lot of things to know about owning a writing blog. Here are ten of those things.
- You’re not alone. Man, that’s an understatement. I sometimes wonder if there are more blogs about writing than there are any others. The only two that I can think of that rival writing blogs are blogs about personal development and… porn.
- There’s no shortage of content. While I absolutely believe that every writing topic has been covered ad nauseum, I also believe that nearly every day a fresh voice emerges with their own take on the topic.
- Keeping a writing blog keeps your writing skills sharp. On top of the obvious effect of just plain writing on a regular basis, trust me when I say the readership will let you know when your writing is less than sharp. Usually done through a snarky comment about a grammatical error that snuck its way into one of your posts.
- Amazing community. When you think of it, most of us writers are in competition with each other. This could be competition as another freelancer, or perhaps as another novelist vying for the ever shrinking traditionally published slots out there. You would never know it, though. I’ve yet to find a writer who is not anxious to help another writer with support or information that will help move them forward. Trade secrets are non-existent. Pretty incredible if you consider most other industries out there.
- Longevity is the key to success. I’ve seen great writers and their blogs come and go and it never fails to amaze me. Someone with great promise appears to give up and drop by the wayside. I know that sometimes life gets in the way of our ambitions but frankly, I still don’t understand it.
- You get to stay on the pulse of writing and publishing. If I didn’t own a blog about writing, I would bet there are a lot of industry trends that would get past me. I think is is primarily because as a blogger, I subscribe to a lot of writing and publishing blogs. I comment there, they comment here and I get to see what is the latest and greatest.
- Instant venue. Whenever I write a short fiction piece, I’ve got an instant venue to publish the thing. Sure, it won’t be read by millions, but the readership that does comment gives me inspiration to keep going.
- I have a place to vent. When I decide that there is some kind of injustice in the writing world, I get to pull out my soap box, dust it off, get on it and let the words fly. Cleansing it is.
- I can go off in any ol’ direction I want. If I want to write book reviews, I can. Focus on children’s books? No problem. E-Books and electronic publishing? Sure.
- Platform. If I play my cards right, my writing blog can also serve as an author platform – a means for showcasing my talent to potential editors and agents.
If you have a writing blog, what would you add to the list?