To Blog or Not to Blog?

Thoughts on writing, publishing and other things.

j0438487To blog or not to blog?  That is the question.

Actually, it’s only one question in a seemingly endless list of questions when it comes to electronic mediums and writing.  Specifically, just how much time should one spend mining technology when you’re trying to be a writer?

Anyone who has written a book, or anything for that matter, feels the triumphant surge of euphoria when you’ve dotted your last “i” and crossed your final “t.”  Your masterpiec is finished!  Now you can sit back and wait for the money and fame to start rolling in and transform your life.

Well, not so fast.  Unfortunately, for writers, the completion of a written work is only half the battle.  Actually, if someone were to do a statistical analysis, it’s probably only one-tenth of the battle.  Because if you want anyone to read your stuff, your real work is just beginning.

As Chrysa, Carmen and I found out first-hand, the act of publishing your work can be time-consuming and confusing.  There are multiple options available and each must be evaluated for you to find what’s best for you.  But even that can look easy next to the marketing of your work.  Where, oh where to begin?

Which brings us to the technology quandry.  With blogging, social networking sites,  websites and internet organizations for writers, book review sites, and on and on and on, the possibilities for trumpeting your work are endless.  And that’s precisely the problem.  You can get lost in that mess.  If your true love is working on your craft, what’s a writer to do?

The answer is a little bit of everything–the operative words being “little bit” and “everything.”

You should have a website–almost a given for any writer.  Use the networking sites to build contacts and steer traffic to your personal site.  Search out a few sites that cater to writers in your genre.  Many offer marketing tips as well as ways to increase your contacts.

And blogging, despite bearing the occasional stigma of being an excuse for anyone to blather on about anything (not here, of course), can actually be a great way for you to write short pieces regularly, giving your readers a more personal glimpse into your personality and keeping your skills sharp while you try to make that first million from your book. (Since blogs attract the most traffic by being frequently updated, try joining forces with a few writer friends, as we have.  Takes the pressure off any one writer and broadens the audience for all.)

So by all means, blog, tweet, update your website and embrace that technology.  But don’t forget to write.

Mary Fran

3 Comments

  1. July 23, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Nice post – full of interesting observations, but your last line “Don’t forget to write” is the one that says it all. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the other stuff.

    • maryfranbontempo said,

      July 23, 2009 at 10:56 pm

      Exactly, Sandra. It’s too easy to spend the day with the technology just to avoid the blank screen you’re supposed to be filling with writing. Thanks for commenting.

  2. CHRYSA SMITH said,

    July 27, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    so true. I’ve got lots to add on this topic, MF…..but I think it has to do with time management—that is a necessity for everyone; but especially anyone who loves what they do, and when they do it, lose complete and total lack of the time-space continuum.


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