Are you blogging? OK, you can stop looking guilty. Chances are that you’re either not blogging – you look on blogging as a sad waste of time. Or, you’re blogging, but you’re worried that you’re not doing it “right”, or enough.
Everyone’s blogging these days, because it works. It works for business people, celebrities, lawyers and mommy bloggers. Of course, it also works for writers. Blogging isn’t a waste of time. For a writer, your blog is your career.
I recently wrote about my five best tips after 15 years of blogging. Since that article wasn’t solely aimed at writers, I didn’t go on about your blog being a giant writing sample, nor did I talk about people getting to know you and your writing via your blog… The more people get to know you, the more likely it is that you’ll get hired to write, or that people will buy your ebooks.
Your Blog’s a Way to “Continuously Share” Your Writing.
Austin Kleon, a writer, recently published his book: Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered. It’s about social media and networking, and it’s made quite a splash. In this Fast Company article, THE ART OF SELF-PROMOTION: 6 TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR WORK DISCOVERED, Kleon talks about continuously sharing his work, and says:
I became part of a scenius by putting my work out there. I started blogging in 2005, and back then, we were all connected, we just didn’t have social media in the same way as we do now. You’d just post things to your blog and people would send you comments or emails and you’d slowly find people as they stumbled across your work.
Read the article. It will encourage you to look on writing and networking in new ways. Kleon talks about sharing something every day: “Be constantly working and moving. If you’re doing it right online, putting yourself out there should lead to more work.”
That’s the point of blogging. Writing begets writing. When you blog, you get ideas. You get feedback. You get involved, and noticed. You’re publishing. Daily. When I started blogging about 15 years ago, writers were fundamentally opposed to writing “for free.” My attitude then, as now, was: blogging is instant publishing. You write, and people all over the world can read your work, as soon as you hit the Publish button.
That’s amazing to me. When I started writing, it took two weeks for my editor in London to get a manuscript after I handed the box over in my Sydney post office. She’d send me the copy edits for a novel via telegram, at horrendous expense.
Blogging Isn’t a Chore. It’s Your Writing Life.
Think about that magic Publish button on your blog. What could you share today?
As writers, we constantly feel pressure. If you look on blogging as just another chore, you won’t get the most out of it. I love Kleon’s idea of continuously sharing, because that’s instant publishing. If you do it, you won’t need to hunt for writing jobs, and indulge in endless “buy my book!” tweets. You share. You publish, and get ideas for new work. You engage, and make connections.
Stop worrying. Start sharing your writing. Write a blog post, or post an image. Blogging won’t solve every problem you have with your writing, but it will go a long way towards building the writing career you deserve.
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