Why I Blog
C. Lee McKenzie
I started blogging because my publisher told me to, and back then I did everything my publisher told me to do. The interesting thing that happened is this: I liked it. So why?
I learned a lot of new stuff for one thing, and that’s always a motivator for me. I had to figure out which program to set my blog up on, and then how to use it. Blogger worked for me because it didn’t have a long learning curve. I quickly learned where the undo button was, so what could go wrong?
I quickly learned that, too. A lot could go wrong if I didn’t have content that was of value. What was valuable content anyway? I wasn’t a marketing guru. I didn’t have hot tips for writers. What was my platform? What was a platform? See? I had a lot to learn, so I kept going.
Then I discovered things like Awards and Hops and Groups. Yay! Now I was on a roll because more than the family cat was reading what I posted.
Then just as I had this blogging thing down, I burned out. Yep. Dry as a summer hill in California, and it happened overnight. I was quitting. I was burrowing into my writer’s cave and blowing off all this blogging business.
So why didn’t I? Why did I take a break and return? Here’s one reason: I missed the contact with the people I’d connected with. I missed knowing when they had new releases or rejections or a great new WIP.
Was there any other reason? I thought about that and decided that without blogging I might have continued to read within my preferred genres. I wouldn’t have sampled books that I usually passed up. Because I was curious about what writer friends had created and I wanted to support their work, I found myself reading much more widely.
And that thing about showing up to the blank page? Well, blogging taught me a lot about doing that every single day.
So why blog? I guess those are three compelling reasons for me.
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