I was thinking about the changes that have happened on my blog over the past few years. When I first started Tumblemoose, I approached topics from the standpoint of inspiring other writers. To some extent that is still my hope, but how this is accomplished has admittedly changed. The first year or so was filled with advice that was probably standard but given from my own unique perspective. I’m still fairly proud of those posts.
The last year or so has seen less “advice” posts and more “posed questions” posts. Reflecting on why this is, it occurs to me that the number of valuable advice posts is finite. At some point I believe it has all been said and my perspective is not noteworthy enough to truly be of much value. Cynical? Maybe.
Now, I know new writers are entering the world of blogging every day. A lot of these folks would benefit from helpful writing advice. I don’t deny that. I sincerely hope that as they poke around, they find some of my early posts. And Lord knows, there are certainly enough folks out there posting their writing advice perspectives every day. Now and then, I’ll look in on these and see what a particular blogger has to say. Sometimes the perspective is fresh and new. Sometimes not. Mayhap a new writer will be inspired and in that instance, the blogger has provided a valuable service.
As I indicated, my most recent posts are more along the lines of looking at an issue and posing a question. A lot of the time, Twitter and Facebook provide the fodder for these topics. I’ll see a title tweeted by a respected person and it will ignite an idea in my head. Rather than being advising in nature, these posts pose a question and ask for a response from writers. One of the things I’m liking about this is that the conversations tend to be thoughtful and advisory in and of themselves. In some ways, the comments section becomes the meat of the meal and the original post just a mere side-dish. I’m totally okay with that.
I like how fresh, new writers are often inclined to post a comment. They comment as much as the seasoned writers do and I think that’s cool. Kind of puts us all on the same level.
To answer the question posed in the title, yes I think that writing advice is helpful. I’ve just found that helpful writing advice comes in a lot of flavors, not only in a writing “how to” post.