Thursday, March 15, 2012
Does Blogging Help or Hinder?
I was just curious as to what the majority of bloggers thought here regarding the subject of blogging—specifically if it helps or hinders your own writing. I write or try to write a blog subject at least twice a week and hope that it is enough for my audience to enjoy. I never know personally how much is enough or too much! Some bloggers feel the need to write every day…I am not one of them. And I do not mean that in a snarky way, I just feel that 2-3 times a week seems to work for me.
It is difficult to find time to write blogs when working and writing full time, but I think it affects me in a few ways. For one, it keeps me disciplined. Forcing myself to publish a blog post on a schedule mimics deadlines and keeps me honest, even if they are self-inflicted deadlines. Secondly, I think that it keeps me in touch with my audience. I very much enjoy the comments I receive weekly on subjects and topics that involve you--the readers--to entice you enough to want to respond. I also need and appreciate your feedback in many instances, often learning from you.
I do feel sometimes that it takes me away from my own writing, but in all honesty, that is a good thing. Fresh eyes are needed for editing and writing. No one will argue that, right? It also helps me with my communication skills in trying to elicit a response one way or another. I always endeavor to be engaging with my writing, no matter the delivery system. One can never have enough practice when writing I think, and I often find myself learning things on a daily basis!
So, what do you think about blogging? When you write a few times a week, or every day, or whatever your schedule happens to be, do you think it helps your skill-set? Does it take too much time away from doing other things? Does it distract you from your own writing if you are a fellow scribbler? I’d love to know your thoughts on this one!
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