I'm addressing the writers or wanna be writers in the group today. I've seen a lot of posts about blogging to get your name, and your book out, into the world of social media. I've been on a blog tour for two new releases since mid-April. I may be grumpy as I write this. Usually I love blogging. Maybe a bit too much. So bear with me as I list out the top five reasons you shouldn't be blogging.
Reason #1- Blogging is Facebook or Twitter on Crack. If you can say something in 140 characters or a short Facebook post, why spend 350 words or more waxing nostalgic about your high school prom memories?
Reason #2 – Blogging is not writing your manuscript. On deadline? You’re better off using that time to slough you way out of the dreaded middle of a book where you’re certain you totally suck as an author. (Breathe, you don’t really suck.)
Reason #3 – Blogging in a group isn't going to earn you more readers. Well, it might. If you have a quality book out there for people to buy. Blogging gives news readers a chance to see you in action. Remember that when you decide to blow off your scheduled blog day. Your actions are speaking volumes.
Reason #4 – Blogging is fun. It’s easy. Blogging is spending your Saturday at a local food festival. It doesn't seem like work. Writing is work. And writing is the work you need to be doing.
Reasons #5 – Blogging is not a one way conversation or a lecture. If you’re blogging, you should watch your comments and respond. The commenter’s took the time to write to you, it’s only polite to write back. Think of it as having a lot of mini-pen pals. I work a day job where I may or may not be able to drop into a blog to comment. I’m not ignoring you, but you may have reached me during a time when I had my imaginary do not disturb sign posted on my door.
|Michael Hauge - responds to comments at a St. Louis event.|
So, to blog or not to blog, that is the question. For me, the answer always comes down to my WIP. If words are flowing there, then I can give myself permission to blog. Many of my blog posts are written during my lunch hour. That way, I feel like I've moved forward without trying to get into a story only to have to quit a few minutes later.
Do you blog? Are you a faithful blog reader?