I started blogging long before I sold a book. With the full-time job and family stuff I didn’t really have alot of time to write, but I still used some of those precious minutes to blog. It was a way to get in the habit of writing something every day. It also gave me the chance to reach out to other writers and readers. Those few minutes of blog writing jumpstarted my book writing. I could blog, blog hop a bit and then I had to start writing. During those years I came close to blogging every day.
That was then. Today my blogging habits are quite different. I’m much more careful about the blogs I visit. Much of the kerfluffle stuff – you know, the “this author is behaving badly” stuff – while intriguing can derail my productivity. I now go to a few places, but not nearly as regularly as I used to. My blogging habits have changed over time. I’ve thought, more than once, about shutting down the blog or turning it into a diary where I post now and then but not with any certianty. Just when I decide it’s time to stop, I think of a bunch of things I want to say and I keep it running.
It’s interesting that the subject matter on my blog has also changed. I still talk about industry stuff, but I’m more guarded. After a few times of saying something and experiencing the fallout I decided I didn’t have the time or energy to enter into angry debates. Who does? That stuff is exhausting. Again, it can be interesting to read but adding up the writing time lost while wading through comments is depressing.
I also remember hearing Nora Roberts talk about blogging. She said something like: I write for a living and don’t write for free. I’m not sure I agree with that completely, but I do know that I make a living from writing, so I need to weigh the time I spend on fun blogging versus book writing. Yeah, I get the promo value of blogging. I also enjoy blogging, which is why I’m thrilled to be included in this group blog, but there are only so many hours in a day. Any chance one of those internet/social media inventor gurus is out there trying to add time to the day? Now that’s something I could support.