As my regular visitors know, I blog daily. I don’t have to blog that often–I know many successful, insightful blogger who don’t–but I’ve maintained that breakneck pace on the blog for a number of reasons. I wanted to examine those, and THANK YOU ALL for the support, advice, and commiseration you’ve given me since last April with your 16, 750+ views!
I have a lot of things on my plate. I’m looking for a full-time job, I’m working on writing and marketing my own fiction, I have some editing and translation that I’ve picked up freelance, and still I push myself to publishing a blog post every day. And sometimes, it’s brutal. Sometime I have no time, or I have no idea of something new I can write about here. But I keep blogging because:
- I have learned so much from your comments. From tricks of the writing trade to marketing tips, you guys help me out more than I can say as I try to establish my literary career. I have learned about websites and resources I never knew existed. I don’t say thanks enough, and truly, I could not be more grateful.
- It’s helpful to know I’m not the only one who doubts myself. I have a self-esteem problem, and I know I have a self-esteem problem. It helps me so much when I rant a bit about how difficult writing is and how much a scene is tearing me apart, and you guys respond knowing exactly what I’m dealing with, because you’re going through it too. The fact that’s writing hard doesn’t mean I can’t write. The fact that somedays I just don’t want to touch the keyboard doesn’t mean I can’t write. Well, we remind each other of that here, and it really helps boost my confidence.
- Writing these posts helps develop my skills. Writing about writing forces me to examine the way I do things where my fiction is concerned. It helps me identify what I do well and where I can improve. It makes me strategize solutions, confront problems, and set goals for myself. This is a major reason I make myself blog daily. I’ve reaped a lot of profit from this self-examination.
- Maybe eventually I can sell advertising. This is low on the list, for sure, but it’s something I think about. If my blog becomes popular enough and I start to average enough hits to justify it (right now I get 70 a day on average), selling advertising for a bit of extra income is a possibility. That’s definitely not a bad thing.
So, for those of you who are bloggers: why do you blog? what do you love and hate about it? I think everyone who blogs must have a love/hate relationship with their site…. Let me know if I’m spot on or totally wrong in that assumption. Would love to hear your approaches to blogging!