I’ve always thought blogging seemed a natural activity for writers. After all, it involves writing. Blogging also allows writers to become self-publishers and to get their writing read. Plus, for aspiring and published authors it provides an easy promotional tool because it doesn’t require doing anything very different than they already do. They simply need to write.
Yet, to my surprise, lots of writers don’t want to blog. Often the primary reason for this lies in the fact that they wanted to stick to writing their books. However, after reading today’s guest blog post from Shane Birley, co-author of the last three editions of Blogging for Dummies, I’m wondering how many writers are afraid to start blogging because they thing they will get addicted to blogging. Then they might leave their manuscripts unfinished not because of lack of time to work on them but because of lack of interest. They’d rather be blogging—and getting their work read immediately by their blog readers.
Shane is a Vancouver-based web developer, writer, blogger, technology consultant, and partner in Left Right Minds Initiatives. He’s also been my go-to expert for everything technical for my own book, How to Blog a Book. In this post he humorously alludes to the fact that blogging can, indeed, be so enjoyable, that we writers (eh…bloggers) want to do it all the time. However, he provides some tips to doing it effectively and keeping it fun and manageable. If you don’t have a blog, start blogging! If you have a blog already, keeping on blogging! In both cases, take Shane’s advice. Read his whole post here.
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