In thinking about a topic for today’s post, I am reminded why blogging is good for writers. Of all the forms of social media available to us, blogging is the most flexible and the most adaptable to an individual writer’s style. Not to diss Facebook, by any means, I merely want to point out that if you’re a writer, you ought to be blogging. Why?
Here, then, are Aunt Noony’s Five Reasons Why Blogs Are Good For Writers:
1. Blogging allows you to explore your voice. What is voice? It is, quite simply, the thing you use to talk with. It’s a Zen concept and, for that reason, tough to pin down. But what is definite is that voice is as individual as the writer. The better we can get in touch with our own voice, the better writers we become. We get in touch with our voice by writing. A lot. Blogging lets you do that in a low-pressure, supportive environment.
2. Blogging gives you a platform. Do anything long enough and you begin to develop a set of topics and opinions upon which you can feel qualified to write. If you love coffee, for example, pretty soon you’ll get tired of writing “I love coffee” and start to come up with some interesting coffee facts. Collect enough of those kinds of articles and poof: instand coffee platform, just add water.
3. Topics for blogs are unlimited. Do you enjoy talking about underwater basketweaving? Go for it! Cosplay? Have at it! Knitting? Do it! Any and all topics, both tame and adult-oriented, lend themselves well to blogging.
4. You can expand your skills by blogging. You will, over time, learn a bit of HTML (Hyper-Text Markup Language), the language in which websites are written. You will begin to understand how search engines find topics when users are looking for things. You will make friends and influence people though your blog, and one day, maybe help others into the world of blogging.
5. You don’t have to limit yourself to arbitrary character limits. If you only feel like posting a sentence or two and a bunch of pictures, you can. If you feel like writing and writing and writing on a topic that makes you passionate, you can. The sky’s the limit! You can adapt your writing to your moods and, in the process, collect a set of clips that you can leverage later to other blogging opportunities.
Still on the fence? Why not ask your favorite blogger if they’d be willing to let you do a guest post on a particular topic? No one says you have to dive in head-first your first time. You can ease into the blogosphere gently.
I’ll warn you, though. It can quickly become addictive. Enjoy!