Why Writers Should Blog

1035516_hit_enter_1If you’re a writer, I’m here to tell you that you should blog. There are so many reasons why you should blog when you are a writer, and it doesn’t matter what type of writing you do. However, nonfiction writing does seem to benefit slightly more from blogging than fiction writing does, but both types of writers and writing will benefit from you having a blog if you’re a writer.

Why? I’m so glad you asked!

Why a Writer Should Have a Blog: Warm Up

Every morning, I used to get up and go write in my Myspace blog, something humorous, poignant, dull, boring… whatever it was, depending on my mood. It was a way to get my brain into mode, get my fingers warmed up, get settled into my day of writing ahead of me. Mostly, it got me brain in the mode I needed to start writing.

Why a Writer Should Have a Blog: Connections and Networking

If you are a fiction writer, you want to sell stories and book and if you’re a nonfiction writer, you want people to read you. If you write web content, you want people to view your work and comment on it so you get maximum exposure and revenue. So, blogging is a good way for people to connect with you in a social setting, network with them in a social way, making them more likely to stumble across you online and more likely to pick up your writing, in whatever form, and read it. You network with them in a way that doesn’t even feel like networking–through your blog–and get other benefits from writing the blog as well.

Why a Writer Should Have a Blog: Less Structure

When we write for everyone else, whether fiction or nonfiction, we have to write with our audience in mind, or we have to write to the style guide of the publication, publisher or website for which we write. On a blog, though we should use good grammar and writing style as much as possible, we’re allowed to be more casual, more colloquial, and more personal. Our blogs are all about us and our thoughts and ideas on things, so we can go first person when many print pubs don’t allow it. We can laugh and tell little jokes in between imparting information. People are more likely to overlook a misspelling or a typo on a blog too.

Now, that doesn’t mean to type in text or IM speak or to throw grammar out the window. Keep in mind that as a writer, everything we write, whether blog or otherwise, that is read by the public will help determine the type of writer we are in our reader’s eyes. If you type very lazy and poorly on your blog, it’s not going to entice people to come read your real writing work.

Still, blogs are a great way to write without as much structure, more for sheer pleasure or stream of thought writing, without having to adhere to hard and fast rules that someone else dictates.

Why Writers Should Have a Blog: Ideas

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve written a blog and someone has come into the comments and asked me to blog about something else or to write about it, because they were interested. Or, perhaps someone said something in the comments that made me think of a new idea for an article or even another blog. Ideas are everywhere, and blogging can help spark those ideas.

Why Writers Should Have a Blog: Help Break Writer’s Block

I don’t believe in writer’s block, not truly. Perhaps we don’t feel like writing, don’t have any ideas about what to write, or don’t want to work on the things we have to work on for work/income, etc., but we can always write. I did write this blog post (it’ll open in a new window for you so you can keep reading here), about how to overcome writer’s block. Keep in mind, though, that I don’t give a lot of energy to writer’s block, because I don’t truly believe it exists. A blog is one good way to prove to yourself that writer’s block isn’t ‘real’. If you can write a blog post about any old boring mundane thing, including writing a blog post about having writer’s block, you can prove to yourself that you can write – you just might not want to write. We are not always in the mood to write, no matter how much writing is a part of us.

Sometimes, an alcoholic doesn’t want a beer. Sometimes, men don’t want sex. Sometimes, women don’t want chocolate. And sometimes, a writer doesn’t feel like writing. There’s nothing wrong with us when that happens; it’s natural and normal, and we just push through it. Writing a blog when we feel stuck, especially writing a blog about being stuck, can help unstick us.

Why Writers Should Have a Blog: Breaks Monotony

Bored writing keyword articles for the money? Tired of writing an article you thought was good but the editor has sent back twice now for revisions and just told you to go a whole new direction? Write about it! A blog breaks the monotony of the writing-for-pay routine, lets you break out a little creatively and gives your mind a rest from the other type of writing. When you go back to your for-pay writing after having a little fun and blow-off on your blog, you might find you finish up quicker than when you were just trying to push through the mundane.

Why Writers Should Have a Blog: Release Frustration

Frustrated and on the verge of pulling your fingernails out one at a time? Having trouble getting into the flow? Kids driving you crazy and your husband just asked, “Are you on the computer… again?” Blog about it! If you’re blowing off steam in your blog, be sure to be careful not to blow off too much steam at an identifiable editor though – that might come back to bite you later – but blow off your frustration. I think you’ll feel better for it, can get back to your writing faster and more energized, and you can share the feelings with those who understand you and have been there too — other writers!

Blog venting is a great way to publicly journal and blow off steam in a safe, healthy way, get your fingers burning up the keyboard and get you ready to tackle the writing tasks in front of you.

GO BLOG!

See, I love blogging. I love to blog about whatever is on my mind, whatever I’m thinking, whatever pops into my head to share with you guys, sharing ideas, educating others, helping others, or just sharing my life with people who might or might not care, but hopefully in an entertaining sort of a way.

When I become a best selling author and people are buying my books by the truckload, I hope to continue to maintain a blog that is active and open for all to come to and post and ask questions and give me that interaction with people who love to read what I have to write.

Anyway, blogging is not only fun and easy to do, but it’s healthy, helpful and liberating to a writer. It doesn’t even matter if anyone reads it really, because sometimes, just getting the emotion tapped out is enough. Of course, getting comments and reader and reader questions is always nice too!

If you’re a writer and you have a blog, have you visited it lately? If not, why not? If you’re a writer and you don’t have a blog, why not get one? You can get one on Blogger or WordPress for free, or for a small fee, you can get your own domain and get free blog templates and such to help get you started. You can even monetize your blogs and make a little bit of extra cash on the side too. If you make at least enough to cover your blog hosting costs, you can have a nice self-hosted blog on your own domain and it won’t cost you a penny!

If you’re a regular blogger, blog to your readership about why they should have a blog, link back to me here, and let’s challenge all our readers to blog today and tomorrow! If you haven’t blogged in awhile, dust off the blog, remove the cobwebs, tune it up and then blog about whatever is on your mind. Then come back here and drop off a link for me to read and I’ll come comment on your blog. I’d love a link back on your blog saying I challenged you to write a blog post so it sends other writers this way so they can write a blog post too! I’ll comment on every blog that leaves me a link below!

Get to bloggin’!

Love and stuff,
Michy