There’s so much talk today (in general, not from your post specifically) about building a platform, audience and brand that I think it can scare real writers away from buying a domain name and setting up shop.
It’s ok to start a blog, one that is very small, to develop the writing craft, experiment with who you are as a writer, and figure out your voice. I think blogging helped me with this very thing and it’s been a great gift. Your point is a good one–knowing why we are blogging–but if someone out there wants to blog just because, I think it’s great.
I read Marian Roach Smith’s The Memoir Project over the weekend and she suggests one of the best reasons to write down our stories is so our families can have them. If that’s not a reason to continue to blog (even if we aren’t “big”) I don’t know what is.
Colleen makes a GREAT point, and she reminded me of why I started blogging and why I continue to blog: I just plain like it. It’s my space, it’s my voice, it’s my chance to do what I do.
Blogging can be a business and, honestly, I’ve resisted that. For me, as for most of us in the Catholic Writers Guild, I think, blogging is writing.
My goal with this series and with my writing here on the Guild blog is, first and foremost, to encourage other writers and share what I’ve learned and observed. A lot of this–as with so much else in the publishing world–is hit or miss. A lot of it is opinion.
At the end of the day, as we look at ourselves as Catholic writers, it is our vocational call that should motivate us. I’m a wife and mother before and while I’m a writer.
What do you think?
Go ahead, let’s talk about it. Because this is a conversational piece, FOR SURE.