As writers, most of us have heard the advice that blogging is a great way to help build our author platform, but today’s guest blogger, Debra Johnson, offers some other good reasons why writers should blog.
Why Writers Should Blog On the Side
Whether you are writing the next big novel or writing a column for work, all writers should have a personal blog that they write for on a weekly basis.It sounds like a lot of work to be writing more but there are many benefits to writing a blog on the side:
- Practice makes perfect: The more you write the better your professional writing gets. Just like the old age saying ‘practice makes perfect’ still rings true through your adulthood and creative career. When you write a blog, your readers and their comments are a wonderful way to gauge your writing process. Not only do positive comments propel you to continue down the correct writing path but negative comments are beneficial. Don’t allow negative comments get you down;they are wonderful constructive criticism for you to edit and mold your work into something better. Personal blogging can help you learn from your mistakes and grow from them, as well as find the good in your writing and further improve it.
- Helps with future ideas and creativity: Keeping a personal blog is a key to your future writing career. So many ideas, phrases and themes from your personal blog can be used in your professional work. When we write personal blogs the pressure is off and the creativity is on. There are no boundaries and rules when writing a personal blog; therefor your ideas are unhindered and inhibited. When you are working on your professional piece, look back through your blog posts and archives to gather ideas.
- Stress relief and writers block: Being a writer you know that you have your off days and your on days. It seems that more often than enough, you tend have to several off days more than your on days. Writing on a personal level can help you get through your professional and paid project. Keeping those creative juices flowing by writing on the side will help decrease that worry and frustration that come with writers block. Writers block hits us when we least expect it and the only way around it is to charge it full on with blog writing.
Writing a personal blog is healthy for your creativity in your personal and professional writing career. It’s a win-win for all, first you help your writing, entertain others and your career is heightened. So head to your nearest online blog spot and start blogging today! Happy blogging!
About the Author:
This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of nanny payroll.
She welcomes your comments at her email Id: – jdebra84 @ gmail.com.
10 thoughts on “Why Writers Should Blog on the Side (Guest Post)”
Also, blogging and bloggers are just plain fun!
I couldn’t agree more. Also it’s hard to pin people down everywhere else, they are a constant on a blog so you always know where to find them.
When you are having a bad day, blogs cheer you up again. Thanks for the critiques, Jo. Did you go to WriteOnCon this year?
No problem, Catherine. I did go to Write on Con this year. I was hoping to blog about it, but I just haven’t had time.
I’m not surprised. You have your hands full. Take care!
These are simple yet helpful reminders of why we blog. There is so much controversy surrounding the necessity of the art. We are told agents/editors don’t care, but others say “yes”. I like your suggestion that it is a solution for writer’s block. So, I will keep on blogging. Thanks Debra!
Sorry, Jarm, your reply got caught in my spam filter. All fixed now.
So true! Blogging is a great way to unstick writers block (and like Genevieve said, FUN).