An aspiring writer asked this of me this weekend. He was full of doubt that blogs would do any good and believed that blogs were just another online method of bitching to the world how bad life sucked. I get that. It is a great way to blow off steam in a manner that’s safe and relatively free from fall out. However, that’s not what a blog is, not to me. To me, a blog is much more and invaluable to a writer.
First and foremost, the blog is a way to get writers to write. Knowing that they have readers waiting for the next post, eager to hear what they have to say, writers are more likely to do what they do best, write. It’s a great way to exercise our craft and get the juices flowing.
A blog can excite the muss. When you write a blog, you need to keep the posts fresh. Even the best writers become bores when they go on and on about the same topic. By keeping a blog, you’re forced to come up with new ideas more often than when you write short stories or novels. By exercising the idea maker, your more able to come up with fresh exciting ideas for your writing projects. If you’re stuck in your main writing, drawing up a blog post can kick the block free.
Ego boasts and self validation are two priceless side effects from being a blog writer. You watch your views slowly climb and a sense of awe consumes you. Yes, there are people in the world that do want to hear what you have to say. Every time someone leaves you a glowing comment you know that your writing isn’t the crap you thought it was. This build confidence in your abilities and your other writing reflects as much. Self doubt can kill the writer before they even step out the door, and the blog helps keep that demon at bay.
The blog is also a way into the social networking party. As a writer, social networking is more than a marketing ploy or time killer. It’s a way to cure the ever-present sense of being alone. Writing is a solitary path, one that doesn’t have to be solo, one that shouldn’t be done alone. By reaching out to people through your blog, you find you’re not as alone in the world as you thought. The connection you make through your blog can led to friendships that will prove invaluable.
The blog world is a great place to learn and as writers we must always learn. Where else can you find a new way to cook chicken, the steps involved in installing a new floor, how to create believable scenes in a novel, the best way to occupy a young child on a long road trip, and see the world through others eyes? All without combing the web for likely sites. The knowledge base is like none I’ve ever come across. And the best part is that you can add to this knowledge and people want you to.
I didn’t like the idea of blogging when I first heard of it. Why would I want to read others rambling smut? Why would I want to open my heart online to people I don’t know and will never meet? However, my feelings changed once I found out what a blog really was. And now, I sing its praises at every chance I get. Blogging isn’t about complaining to the world, it’s a way to connect with like-minded individuals that have something to say and want to hear what you have to say.
So I’ll end this by saying, if you haven’t already, join the party. It’s a long road in life and you don’t have to go in it alone.
Write on writers of the world and blog on bloggers of the web!