There are times I love to post because it means I get to interact with other writers. I also get to contribute to the wide world of writing immediately. But that might be one of the reasons a blog and a novel don’t get along all that well. They fight for time and one is instant gratification. Which one wins?
I was hot and cold with my blog over the last year, like a teenage relationship.
“You’re pretty cool, let’s be friends.”
“You’re gross, I hate you.”
“Want to get hang out?”
And so on.
Seriously, it was exhausting. I’d write on here for a week straight and celebrate the comments and the stats! Yeah! But then I’d come to the realization that I had not worked on my novel in a week and I’d immediately be crushed. I would stop blogging and shift gears and loose readership along the way.
So how can we end this cycle?
If you are a beginning blogger take this advice, find some rhythm. Find something that works with your novel and your schedule. Post once a week or twice a week on the same days each week. If your writing time is limited and you are a fiction writer focus on your book during your writing time. You need something to share from that platform once created.
There are many advantages for creating a blog from which you can one day rule the world. It can foster relationships, lead to a book contract and, most importantly, help your mind work on small writing deadlines. But it can also be a distraction from your writing aspirations, so tread lightly!
Write 1000 words on your book this weekend! Seriously, don’t doubt. Do it!
2 thoughts on “Don’t Hate Your Blog”
I love the variety of different writing projects, Bob. The blog, articles, short stories, my book – that way, when a rejection comes in I can shrug and turn to the others 🙂 I think I’d lose hope if I only focused on one!
This is very true! Also having a good community to go to when the rejection comes helps too!