Someone lately asked me why I am blogging now. I don’t have a book that I am currently promoting and I’m struggling for time to write on my Work In Progress. It seemed obvious that I should cut out blogging and use that time on my WIP.
I won’t though and the reasons seem pretty obvious to me. For one thing, blogging helps develop (and reinforces) writing discipline. Since I am responsible for a post week after week, it makes me think about it throughout the week. It makes me flex those writing muscles. It forces me to use the skills that I need in my fiction-in a different way maybe-but I still have to use them.
As I was explaining this, someone else made the point that it takes time to build an audience on a blog. So when I got another book to promote, I would be glad I kept it up. But I’ve never been the sort of blogger who writes a post to say “buy my book.” It’s not about that. I want a writing community and blogs help with that.
Blogs also develop my awareness as a writer of an audience. Sometimes writing is an isolated business. I don’t see the reader of my books. But over the years, people have reacted to this blog–commenting on content mostly, but sometimes commenting on transitions (or lack thereof) or voice and tense change. I hear you folks in my head as I write now as I do some of the great critique partners that I have run into over the years. But I’m sure I have more to learn.
So I’m going to keep blogging.