Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Crazy Little Thing Called Blog
What I failed to realise - so sue me, I'm not that quick on the update - is that blogging isn't just blogging. Blogging is soooooo much more. It means making visits across the globe from one blog to another - following the links, leaving a comment trail, making new buddies...... it's the total experience (and we won't mention time-consuming because I'm dealing with that already, as you know if you read the previous post).
So, come on. What does blogging mean to you???
A member of my local RWA chapter did an online class on blogging for our members (great) and she STRONGLY feels that writers shouldn't blog about writing, saying what's the point, you're only connecting with other writers, not potential readers...
But I know how valuable a network of writer-friends can be -- both professionally and emotionally. Yes, I'd love if some day "fans" read my blog. For now, I just find it fun and a cool way to meet new people!
I agree . . . there's this thread across the globe for me, and I pop in to cyber-friends' blogs and get a glimpse into what they're working on etc.
Maureen . . . I understand the idea about not blogging about writing, but for me, my writing blog gets into a lot of philosophy or life issues . . . even issues of balancing working from home (albeit as a writer) with raising a family. I find I have a lot of lurkers who email me . . . or pop into the blog, and as long as most of the time I "universalize" the writing experience, I think they relate, even if they're not writers. Like today's entry is about books of childhood--and we all have those. I think you blog to find those common threads with people.
I think it's great fun to get little snapshots of people's lives, and I love how the blog bouncing, blog-trail (whatever) all works. You never know where you'll end up.