You know who you are. You’re a writer, and you have heard over and over again that you need to have a blog. The “experts” claim you need to build a “platform” to gain an audience, a requirement (they say) to sell future work.
A viable reason, but not why I claim you must have a blog—my reasons are more selfish.
You keep rejecting the idea of starting a blog for the oft-used reasons: I don’t have time, I’m too busy writing things I want to write, there’s too many blogs already, who wants to hear what I have to say, and the host of other negatives darting into your head and puncturing the tender confidence you have built.
Perhaps you have a neglected blog not posted to for months, and maybe only a handful of articles are there for eyes to see. Get busy, and here’s why:
* Writing a weekly blog clarifies thinking and hones your skills.
* Gives a sense of accomplishment (even if your story or novel is languishing).
* Develops a writing habit.
* Teaches you to meet goals and deadlines, even if only ones you give yourself.
* Adds proof and credibility that you are, in fact, a writer after all.
You can blog on any topic you are passionate about: gardening, cooking, the state of current affairs, team sports, religion, jogging, bicycling, anything—there’s room for those and uncountable others. And you can combine topics if you wish—you call the shots.
Starting a blog is not the end-all panacea to being a writer. You may even abandon the blog after a couple dozen posts, but that doesn’t matter because you will find another topic, having built the blogging habit.
There are no viable reasons not to start a blog—it’s FREE. There are no costs (except time, otherwise known as learning curve) to start a blog. I use WordPress, but there are many free options.
Yes, you will have to learn the program, whether WordPress or another (also known as an interface), but they’re pretty intuitive with sufficient documentation to help you along. They are also built to grow as your blogging experience steps into new arenas.
I have been blogging on Knights of Writ for three years next month, and it’s been a wonderful experience. I have met like-minded writers, learned from comments others were gracious enough to share, gained confidence, and most importantly, improved my skills.
Even with nobody out there—except friends and family if you are bold enough to tell them you are blogging (but you don’t have to)—there is a thrill when you hit the “publish” button. You become accountable, which does not exist if you hide your writing on the computer or in a drawer.
At times you will be embarrassed (like last week when I misspelled J.K. Rowling’s name), but it’s all part of the process: we’re not perfect, but we are trying to better ourselves. Looking back over the last three years (and 112 posts), the desire to continually improve is the great mast I cling to that guides my journey.
Writers Write: Authors Submit.
Starting a blog helps to realize you do have something to share with others, and knowledge you take for granted may conjure an “aha” moment for another. That’s a wonderful thing.
Wade into the sea of writers, and in time, you will find readers. It’s a given. There are others like you, people who have the same fears, anxiety, and passion you possess. A blog will help you find them, and in turn, they find you.
The reason for starting a blog is a bit selfish, granted, but you owe it to yourself to move past all those excuses holding you back.
Take the plunge.
All bloggers have been at the threshold where you are now, and if still treading the murky waters, they’ll tell you there’s no place they’d rather be, which is, writing.
See you on the next page,
Rick “C” Langford
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