Why do you blog?

I read a great post this morning by Jane Friedman called Please Don’t Blog Your Book.  Now, I didn’t start this blog with the intention of it becoming a book but it did make me ask myself why did I start it in the first place?  And the answer was simple: I wanted to write short fiction.

This is not my first blog. I took a writing course a few years ago and was told no one (ie: a publisher) would take you seriously if you didn’t have a blog.  At the time, I wasn’t interested in blogging nor did I have a topic I wanted to blog about but nonetheless I started one anyway.  It was on turning 40.  Each blog post felt like a chore and I resented the time blogging when I really wanted to be working on my manuscript.  I had some friends follow it but it was far from successful.  I kept at it for one year.  I learnt a lot from this experience but was happy to see it come to an end.

And then I had the idea for this blog.  This blog was something I wanted to do – born from a desire to write short fiction based on a photo. And even in the few short weeks that this blog has been running, it has been way more successful and I’ve met so many like-minded bloggers.

And it all has to do with why I blog.  I blog for me.  I write what I write because I love writing it.  That’s the key — readers can feel that passion. It makes for better reading, better dialogue and better engagement.

So that’s why I blog.  Now tell me, why do you?

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23 comments
  1. crubin said:

    While I admit to starting my blog as a means of early marketing for my book, I have found it to be something I look forward to. Even though it takes time away from my novel writing, I am still writing, something we all know writers must do every day.

    I look forward to your posts, not only for their brevity (thought that helps!) but also because I am truly impressed by how you can say so much in so few words.

    • Janet said:

      My blog too had turned into something more, I planned on just posting fiction once a week, but now I find wanting to blog more and more. Now the question is: do I change my blog or start a new one??? And thank you for your compliments, I’m actually blushing!

  2. Madison Woods said:

    I think I blog for the some of the same reasons. I blog because it gives me a creative outlet. But also because it opens up the entire world as audience and community for interaction and sharing. That’s the aspect I get from blogging that I don’t get from writing on my manuscripts and I hadn’t really thought about it until you asked. Great question!

    • Janet said:

      I completely agree with you. Sometimes writing can be a lonely venture – can you imagine it before the web / blogs / twitter / facebook?

      • Madison Woods said:

        Ha. Well, *now* it would be hard to do without it. But if I had not tasted of this love of interaction, I would be happy as a hermitress in the hills dreaming up and writing wild fiction. How about you?

        • Janet said:

          I have to agree – I have always been a bit of a loner and look forward to long days spent with only my laptop. There are days when I think if I don’t get out of the house I am going to lose it! But generally, I could write all day and be very happy doing so.

  3. I blog for marketing and networking, as well as to see what people think about whatever I’m thinking about. I enjoy inspiring others, or at least giving them something to contemplate.

    • Janet said:

      No matter your reason for blogging, I think the key word you used is enjoy – it would be hard going if you didn’t enjoy it.

  4. I began blogging to shine a little light on my illustration, then my book. What I’ve come to realize is that blogging enables me to connect to fellow artists and new blogosphere friends from all around the world.

    • Janet said:

      It’s true – I love the connections that are made possible. It’s been a pleasure connecting with you!

  5. I must admit I have to agree with Crubin. I started my blog to do a little early marketing for my book. However, I find I am learning far more than I expected. It’s not just the act of blogging but reading, researching, and becoming more connected to other writers. The only downside is it can get addictive!

    • Janet said:

      I agree with you on the addictive part – especially watching those stats!

  6. I set up my blog as a way to market my writing, but the blog itself has become a great way for me to express myself. I have broken some “rules” along the way about what to post, but I don’t really care. I like the instant gratification of getting work out immediately. While I try to polish as much as I can, having to work quickly causes me to shove the inner Censor aside, and that’s a good thing! Finally, getting to know other bloggers, commenting and getting comments, all provide a level of interaction that is a lot of fun.

    • Janet said:

      I agree, the interaction and immediate feedback is very rewarding.

  7. Christy said:

    Blogging for me is both a way to express myself, encourage me to continue to write poetry, and to connect with like-minded people. I am glad to be on board your blog!

    • Janet said:

      Christy, I agree. It’s wonderful how encouraging and positive other bloggers are. It’s very motiviating.

  8. I started because, like you, I’ve heard and read that writers need to have a blog. It was an intimidating proposition for me, but now that I’ve started I like it, even though I’m not always regular about posting. I have really learned so much and I love it that I can connect with people all over the world. It just amazes me. And I also find so many interesting people (like you) that I otherwise would have never known.

    By the way, I’ve been meaning to send you to this blog if you haven’t already discovered it: http://brianwestbye.wordpress.com. He also writes short fiction to correspond with photos, though not 50-word fiction. I thought you might like it.

    • Janet said:

      Thanks Jeanette, I’ll check it out (and this is a great example of how we use blogs to connect!)

  9. Mike said:

    I enjoyed this post.
    I started blogging when I retired two years ago. My first two blogs were very much linked to what I knew best, thatvwasceducation. Then a year ago I started my short stories blog and this is the one I enjoy most. There are some great blogs out there giving regular writing prompts and I have learnt such a lot from fellow writers through their comments and following their blogs.

    • Janet said:

      Hi Mike, I am glad you enjoyed the post. And you’re right, there are a lot of great writing blogs out there. And I too find the comments really heplful and insightful, especially when I’m reading a poetry blog.

  10. I just found your blog and like the creative restriction of 50 words. Very interesting indeed!

    I think I’m blogging to discover what I want to blog about 🙂 I’m using it as a process to focus my thoughts, and give meaning to the muddle of my mind. I was inspired to hear you tried the same thing for a year. Let the creative process begin!

    • Janet said:

      Hi Casey, thanks for stopping by. A lot of the times we learn by trial and error. The great thing about blogging is that you can change as you go. Good luck with your blog.

  11. i’m not really sure why i blog. i think it’s all the things i hate talking but don’t mind writing about. it’s a new conquest almost each time. it’s been like the record-keeping of a journey into myself. it’s taken me from desire to the suffering and struggling to the joy and romance … of who i am, of who i hate to be, of who i’d like to be. not a lot of people come along on such a rollercoaster. but i’ve undergone such an incredible amount of introspection, questioning (and answering), and healing! there are days when it scares me shitless, when i just want to hit the “delete site” button. but my readers have been kind with me and encourage me to go on writing, and so far so good i’ve managed to ‘keep it real’.

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