No, I'm not talking about networking--yet.
I'm talking about blogging.
Is it really necessary to your writing career.
To blog or not to blog, that is the question.
MBT Ponderers was born because of this question.
Not all writers agree, but here are some questions to consider while you make your decision:
- Have you ever read a book that so impacted you that you wanted to know more about the author?
- Have you ever bought another writer’s book just because you knew them?
- Have you ever stumbled onto a blog that so captivated you, that you submitted your email address to the feed?
- Have you ever shared a blog link that you found, with a friend?
These are just a few questions that you may want to consider before you pass over a blog-a-sphere presence. Especially if you answered, "Yes" to any of the above.
Okay, so I’ll get a blog. Now what?
- Do you feel like you can come up with an idea at least once a week? (3 times is optimum)
- If not, can you discipline yourself to try?
- Can you go in with at least one other person and form a small blogging group around your passion?
NOTE: it is not a good idea to cross passions. For instance if your friend wants to do a blog on boating and you want to do one on science fiction, unless your stories are about aliens sailing space in boats, you should think twice.
I have seen people who have two passions that use the same blog for both.
Example a woman who has a blog about dogs and the latest Christian romance she just read. She has the author come on and talk about their dogs and their latest book. Seems to be working for her.
MBT Ponderers all have personal blogs as well. On the practical side this gives each Ponderer an opportunity to write more and reach people that may not know about their other blogs. It is also a wonderful form of discipline to “Not let your fellow blogger’s down”.
After all, every writer could use a little more discipline.
So, have I convinced you yet to give it a try?
What advice would you give to writer's thinking about starting a blog?
Wednesday we’ll talk about the HOW-TO of getting started. You don’t want to miss this and you don’t want to just jump in too quickly before you read my next two posts this week.