I have been doing a lot of blogging lately and that has got me thinking about why I spend my time blogging as a writer. It takes up a lot of time, and let's face it, wouldn't this time be better spent on writing my latest blockbuster crime book? So why do I blog as a writer?
Recently I gave a talk, and ran a workshop on blogging. I came up with the following reasons why blogging is important to writers. I am sure there are many more
- Promotes a regular habit of writing
- Can help to focus ideas
- Makes the writer think about their writing
- You will be come a better writer
- Paying it forward
- Sharing ideas
- Supporting other authors
- Book reviews
- Engage with readers
- Develop an area of expertise
- Promotion and Marketing
- It gets your name know within writing circles
Blogging is so much more than writing posts. It is also about reading, and commenting on other people's blogs. I read a lot of writers blogs and have learned a lot from doing so. Leaving relevant comments on other authors blogs is a good way to get known and to engage in the writing community. I say relevant as there are a lot of people out there who do nothing but spam blogs. This is not really the way you want to get known.
Now you are probably wondering why it says blogging tips at the top of the blog and not a tip in site. I am a regular contributor on the Authors Electric Blog for which I wrote a Top Ten Tips for Authors post. You can read it by clicking here
I contribute to the following blogs on a regular basis:
More Than Writers The blog of the Association of Christian Writers
Do Authors Dream of Electric Books A collection of Indie Authors who talk about books and all things writing
Around the World of Inspired Fiction Mainly reviews of Christian fiction
And of course the one you are reading now my very own Bookaholic
I am going to finish with an excellent resource for all those writers who blog. This is a book called Novel Blogging: A Writers Guide to Blogging. You can buy by clicking on the link below.
If you buy the book through this link I will be given a few pence payment through Amazon Affiliates. You do not have to buy this way and can go direct to Amazon.
That is it for another week my bookaholic friends. See you all back here soon. Until then keep reading, writing and blogging.