To Blog or Not to Blog?

29 04 2008

It’s a good question:

I have spent some time thinking about this, and understand the arguments against blogging. It does take time away from my writing and editing projects. Sometimes I feel I spend too much time reading through and responding to blogs, but blogging does have major benefits.

The biggest benefit in my opinion is the ability to communicate with so many people at once. Once upon a time, writers spent even more time writing letters to each other — there are books and books filled with the correspondence of famous authors. Those letters were written from one individual to another. If a writer wanted to communicate those same thoughts to another author, they would have to write another letter. Now, we can post some thoughts on our blogs or webforums and be read by many readers at once. Not only that, other authors can see what we write and participate in our trains of thought. I can read others blogs, be inspired, and participate in discussions with authors all over the world. 

So, after much thought, I decided I love blogging. I think every writer with any desire to make it in this industry should have their own blog and read the blogs of established authors and editors to learn from their insight and experience.

As a writer who works far away from New York, London, or any other major city for publishing, I feel somewhat isolated at times. However, I can read thoughts and participate in discussions from authors/editors/artists around the world through this medium. I have developed relationships with individuals around the world and shared thoughts with people through this medium that I may never have had the pleasure of knowing otherwise. It’s a great time to be a writer, and my participation in the blogosphere deepens my appreciation of the present. 

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104 responses

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

Oh yeah, absolutely. It’s all about the community.

And blogging is prewriting! A legitimate writing activity, sez me.

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

“…blogging is prewriting!”
-I feel the same way.

BTW – congrats on the recent good reviews and positive hype surrounding “The Magic Theif.” I know you must be excited! Just 34 days to go until release day!

Your “Publicity Neepery” was very enlightening. It is one of the series of posts I was thinking about when writing this. Those posts were very educational for those of us who have not worked directly with one of the big publishing houses.

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

I’m very excited–thank you!

And I’m glad you found the neeps of interest. It’s hard to know what’s common knowledge and what info you just pick up along the way. Writing it all up was stressful, because it’s such a sensitive subject…

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

Oh yeah, absolutely. It’s all about the community.

And blogging is prewriting! A legitimate writing activity, sez me.

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

“…blogging is prewriting!”
-I feel the same way.

BTW – congrats on the recent good reviews and positive hype surrounding “The Magic Theif.” I know you must be excited! Just 34 days to go until release day!

Your “Publicity Neepery” was very enlightening. It is one of the series of posts I was thinking about when writing this. Those posts were very educational for those of us who have not worked directly with one of the big publishing houses.

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

I’m very excited–thank you!

And I’m glad you found the neeps of interest. It’s hard to know what’s common knowledge and what info you just pick up along the way. Writing it all up was stressful, because it’s such a sensitive subject…

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

Oh yeah, absolutely. It’s all about the community.

And blogging is prewriting! A legitimate writing activity, sez me.

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

“…blogging is prewriting!”
-I feel the same way.

BTW – congrats on the recent good reviews and positive hype surrounding “The Magic Theif.” I know you must be excited! Just 34 days to go until release day!

Your “Publicity Neepery” was very enlightening. It is one of the series of posts I was thinking about when writing this. Those posts were very educational for those of us who have not worked directly with one of the big publishing houses.

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

I’m very excited–thank you!

And I’m glad you found the neeps of interest. It’s hard to know what’s common knowledge and what info you just pick up along the way. Writing it all up was stressful, because it’s such a sensitive subject…

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

Oh yeah, absolutely. It’s all about the community.

And blogging is prewriting! A legitimate writing activity, sez me.

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

Oh yeah, absolutely. It’s all about the community.

And blogging is prewriting! A legitimate writing activity, sez me.

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

Oh yeah, absolutely. It’s all about the community.

And blogging is prewriting! A legitimate writing activity, sez me.

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

“…blogging is prewriting!”
-I feel the same way.

BTW – congrats on the recent good reviews and positive hype surrounding “The Magic Theif.” I know you must be excited! Just 34 days to go until release day!

Your “Publicity Neepery” was very enlightening. It is one of the series of posts I was thinking about when writing this. Those posts were very educational for those of us who have not worked directly with one of the big publishing houses.

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

I’m very excited–thank you!

And I’m glad you found the neeps of interest. It’s hard to know what’s common knowledge and what info you just pick up along the way. Writing it all up was stressful, because it’s such a sensitive subject…

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

Oh yeah, absolutely. It’s all about the community.

And blogging is prewriting! A legitimate writing activity, sez me.

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

“…blogging is prewriting!”
-I feel the same way.

BTW – congrats on the recent good reviews and positive hype surrounding “The Magic Theif.” I know you must be excited! Just 34 days to go until release day!

Your “Publicity Neepery” was very enlightening. It is one of the series of posts I was thinking about when writing this. Those posts were very educational for those of us who have not worked directly with one of the big publishing houses.

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

I’m very excited–thank you!

And I’m glad you found the neeps of interest. It’s hard to know what’s common knowledge and what info you just pick up along the way. Writing it all up was stressful, because it’s such a sensitive subject…

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

Oh yeah, absolutely. It’s all about the community.
And blogging is prewriting! A legitimate writing activity, sez me.

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

“…blogging is prewriting!”
-I feel the same way.
BTW – congrats on the recent good reviews and positive hype surrounding “The Magic Theif.” I know you must be excited! Just 34 days to go until release day!
Your “Publicity Neepery” was very enlightening. It is one of the series of posts I was thinking about when writing this. Those posts were very educational for those of us who have not worked directly with one of the big publishing houses.

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

I’m very excited–thank you!
And I’m glad you found the neeps of interest. It’s hard to know what’s common knowledge and what info you just pick up along the way. Writing it all up was stressful, because it’s such a sensitive subject…

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

“…blogging is prewriting!”
-I feel the same way.

BTW – congrats on the recent good reviews and positive hype surrounding “The Magic Theif.” I know you must be excited! Just 34 days to go until release day!

Your “Publicity Neepery” was very enlightening. It is one of the series of posts I was thinking about when writing this. Those posts were very educational for those of us who have not worked directly with one of the big publishing houses.

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

“…blogging is prewriting!”
-I feel the same way.

BTW – congrats on the recent good reviews and positive hype surrounding “The Magic Theif.” I know you must be excited! Just 34 days to go until release day!

Your “Publicity Neepery” was very enlightening. It is one of the series of posts I was thinking about when writing this. Those posts were very educational for those of us who have not worked directly with one of the big publishing houses.

30 04 2008
ldragoon

I wrote a big rant about this recently, too! I think blogging is great. I mostly blog when I’m too tired to write, anyway. πŸ˜‰ As long as you make your deadlines, who cares?

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

I remember your rant…it was in response to Robin Hobb’s article. I just went back and reread it — well said.

30 04 2008
ldragoon

Thanks! πŸ™‚

30 04 2008
ldragoon

I wrote a big rant about this recently, too! I think blogging is great. I mostly blog when I’m too tired to write, anyway. πŸ˜‰ As long as you make your deadlines, who cares?

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

I remember your rant…it was in response to Robin Hobb’s article. I just went back and reread it — well said.

30 04 2008
ldragoon

Thanks! πŸ™‚

30 04 2008
ldragoon

I wrote a big rant about this recently, too! I think blogging is great. I mostly blog when I’m too tired to write, anyway. πŸ˜‰ As long as you make your deadlines, who cares?

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

I remember your rant…it was in response to Robin Hobb’s article. I just went back and reread it — well said.

30 04 2008
ldragoon

Thanks! πŸ™‚

30 04 2008
ldragoon

I wrote a big rant about this recently, too! I think blogging is great. I mostly blog when I’m too tired to write, anyway. πŸ˜‰ As long as you make your deadlines, who cares?

30 04 2008
ldragoon

I wrote a big rant about this recently, too! I think blogging is great. I mostly blog when I’m too tired to write, anyway. πŸ˜‰ As long as you make your deadlines, who cares?

30 04 2008
ldragoon

I wrote a big rant about this recently, too! I think blogging is great. I mostly blog when I’m too tired to write, anyway. πŸ˜‰ As long as you make your deadlines, who cares?

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

I remember your rant…it was in response to Robin Hobb’s article. I just went back and reread it — well said.

30 04 2008
ldragoon

Thanks! πŸ™‚

30 04 2008
ldragoon

I wrote a big rant about this recently, too! I think blogging is great. I mostly blog when I’m too tired to write, anyway. πŸ˜‰ As long as you make your deadlines, who cares?

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

I remember your rant…it was in response to Robin Hobb’s article. I just went back and reread it — well said.

30 04 2008
ldragoon

Thanks! πŸ™‚

30 04 2008
ldragoon

I wrote a big rant about this recently, too! I think blogging is great. I mostly blog when I’m too tired to write, anyway. πŸ˜‰ As long as you make your deadlines, who cares?

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

I remember your rant…it was in response to Robin Hobb’s article. I just went back and reread it — well said.

30 04 2008
ldragoon

Thanks! πŸ™‚

30 04 2008
ckastens

Keep it coming!

30 04 2008
ckastens

Keep it coming!

30 04 2008
ckastens

Keep it coming!

30 04 2008
ckastens

Keep it coming!

30 04 2008
ckastens

Keep it coming!

30 04 2008
ckastens

Keep it coming!

30 04 2008
ckastens

Keep it coming!

30 04 2008
ckastens

Keep it coming!

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

I’m very excited–thank you!

And I’m glad you found the neeps of interest. It’s hard to know what’s common knowledge and what info you just pick up along the way. Writing it all up was stressful, because it’s such a sensitive subject…

30 04 2008
sarah_prineas

I’m very excited–thank you!

And I’m glad you found the neeps of interest. It’s hard to know what’s common knowledge and what info you just pick up along the way. Writing it all up was stressful, because it’s such a sensitive subject…

30 04 2008
will_couvillier

Mr. Weirdo:

Just one comment. Well said!

(now back to mag musing.)

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

Thanks!

30 04 2008
will_couvillier

Mr. Weirdo:

Just one comment. Well said!

(now back to mag musing.)

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

Thanks!

30 04 2008
will_couvillier

Mr. Weirdo:

Just one comment. Well said!

(now back to mag musing.)

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

Thanks!

30 04 2008
will_couvillier

Mr. Weirdo:

Just one comment. Well said!

(now back to mag musing.)

30 04 2008
will_couvillier

Mr. Weirdo:

Just one comment. Well said!

(now back to mag musing.)

30 04 2008
will_couvillier

Mr. Weirdo:

Just one comment. Well said!

(now back to mag musing.)

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

Thanks!

30 04 2008
will_couvillier

Mr. Weirdo:

Just one comment. Well said!

(now back to mag musing.)

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

Thanks!

30 04 2008
will_couvillier

Mr. Weirdo:
Just one comment. Well said!
(now back to mag musing.)

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

Thanks!

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

I remember your rant…it was in response to Robin Hobb’s article. I just went back and reread it — well said.

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

I remember your rant…it was in response to Robin Hobb’s article. I just went back and reread it — well said.

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

Thanks!

30 04 2008
southernweirdo

Thanks!

30 04 2008
grayrose76

I don’t feel that blogging is pre-writing, but I wouldn’t give it up πŸ™‚ After all, if we didn’t talk to people and/or have families we would get even more done. And even though I sometimes wish I lived in a cloister,it would never work out for me.
πŸ™‚

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

That’s the weird thing about being a writer. It needs to be done in solitude, but I don’t think you can write well if you don’t have a life outside of the writing, if you don’t have people around you. We’ve talked briefly before about how landscapes influence our writing — I think the people around us have even more influence.

My family, friends, coworkers — even customers — show up in my writing at times, or at least their traits show up in odd configurations. I sometimes put friends and family in my stories in veiled references as “inside jokes” just to keep my writing fun for us.

30 04 2008
grayrose76

I don’t feel that blogging is pre-writing, but I wouldn’t give it up πŸ™‚ After all, if we didn’t talk to people and/or have families we would get even more done. And even though I sometimes wish I lived in a cloister,it would never work out for me.
πŸ™‚

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

That’s the weird thing about being a writer. It needs to be done in solitude, but I don’t think you can write well if you don’t have a life outside of the writing, if you don’t have people around you. We’ve talked briefly before about how landscapes influence our writing — I think the people around us have even more influence.

My family, friends, coworkers — even customers — show up in my writing at times, or at least their traits show up in odd configurations. I sometimes put friends and family in my stories in veiled references as “inside jokes” just to keep my writing fun for us.

30 04 2008
grayrose76

I don’t feel that blogging is pre-writing, but I wouldn’t give it up πŸ™‚ After all, if we didn’t talk to people and/or have families we would get even more done. And even though I sometimes wish I lived in a cloister,it would never work out for me.
πŸ™‚

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

That’s the weird thing about being a writer. It needs to be done in solitude, but I don’t think you can write well if you don’t have a life outside of the writing, if you don’t have people around you. We’ve talked briefly before about how landscapes influence our writing — I think the people around us have even more influence.

My family, friends, coworkers — even customers — show up in my writing at times, or at least their traits show up in odd configurations. I sometimes put friends and family in my stories in veiled references as “inside jokes” just to keep my writing fun for us.

30 04 2008
grayrose76

I don’t feel that blogging is pre-writing, but I wouldn’t give it up πŸ™‚ After all, if we didn’t talk to people and/or have families we would get even more done. And even though I sometimes wish I lived in a cloister,it would never work out for me.
πŸ™‚

30 04 2008
grayrose76

I don’t feel that blogging is pre-writing, but I wouldn’t give it up πŸ™‚ After all, if we didn’t talk to people and/or have families we would get even more done. And even though I sometimes wish I lived in a cloister,it would never work out for me.
πŸ™‚

30 04 2008
grayrose76

I don’t feel that blogging is pre-writing, but I wouldn’t give it up πŸ™‚ After all, if we didn’t talk to people and/or have families we would get even more done. And even though I sometimes wish I lived in a cloister,it would never work out for me.
πŸ™‚

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

That’s the weird thing about being a writer. It needs to be done in solitude, but I don’t think you can write well if you don’t have a life outside of the writing, if you don’t have people around you. We’ve talked briefly before about how landscapes influence our writing — I think the people around us have even more influence.

My family, friends, coworkers — even customers — show up in my writing at times, or at least their traits show up in odd configurations. I sometimes put friends and family in my stories in veiled references as “inside jokes” just to keep my writing fun for us.

30 04 2008
grayrose76

I don’t feel that blogging is pre-writing, but I wouldn’t give it up πŸ™‚ After all, if we didn’t talk to people and/or have families we would get even more done. And even though I sometimes wish I lived in a cloister,it would never work out for me.
πŸ™‚

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

That’s the weird thing about being a writer. It needs to be done in solitude, but I don’t think you can write well if you don’t have a life outside of the writing, if you don’t have people around you. We’ve talked briefly before about how landscapes influence our writing — I think the people around us have even more influence.

My family, friends, coworkers — even customers — show up in my writing at times, or at least their traits show up in odd configurations. I sometimes put friends and family in my stories in veiled references as “inside jokes” just to keep my writing fun for us.

30 04 2008
grayrose76

I don’t feel that blogging is pre-writing, but I wouldn’t give it up πŸ™‚ After all, if we didn’t talk to people and/or have families we would get even more done. And even though I sometimes wish I lived in a cloister,it would never work out for me.
πŸ™‚

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

That’s the weird thing about being a writer. It needs to be done in solitude, but I don’t think you can write well if you don’t have a life outside of the writing, if you don’t have people around you. We’ve talked briefly before about how landscapes influence our writing — I think the people around us have even more influence.
My family, friends, coworkers — even customers — show up in my writing at times, or at least their traits show up in odd configurations. I sometimes put friends and family in my stories in veiled references as “inside jokes” just to keep my writing fun for us.

30 04 2008
cafenowhere

I work from home. Wednesday, my hubby inadvertently deep-sixed my internet connection, and I was miserable. I could still do my copyediting, but I felt like I was in solitary confinement. I missed my writer buddies, and I missed my family because I wasn’t distracted by the interwebs.

I don’t consider my blogging pre-writing, because it doesn’t directly lead to story or poem output, but it *is* writing for me, like journaling or writing a column. And like Leigh, I tend to write and read blogs when I’m unable to “write-write,” so it helps scratch the itch.

I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

“I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.”

I’m glad I can be a part of something that leads to the creation of those connections.

30 04 2008
cafenowhere

I work from home. Wednesday, my hubby inadvertently deep-sixed my internet connection, and I was miserable. I could still do my copyediting, but I felt like I was in solitary confinement. I missed my writer buddies, and I missed my family because I wasn’t distracted by the interwebs.

I don’t consider my blogging pre-writing, because it doesn’t directly lead to story or poem output, but it *is* writing for me, like journaling or writing a column. And like Leigh, I tend to write and read blogs when I’m unable to “write-write,” so it helps scratch the itch.

I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

“I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.”

I’m glad I can be a part of something that leads to the creation of those connections.

30 04 2008
cafenowhere

I work from home. Wednesday, my hubby inadvertently deep-sixed my internet connection, and I was miserable. I could still do my copyediting, but I felt like I was in solitary confinement. I missed my writer buddies, and I missed my family because I wasn’t distracted by the interwebs.

I don’t consider my blogging pre-writing, because it doesn’t directly lead to story or poem output, but it *is* writing for me, like journaling or writing a column. And like Leigh, I tend to write and read blogs when I’m unable to “write-write,” so it helps scratch the itch.

I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

“I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.”

I’m glad I can be a part of something that leads to the creation of those connections.

30 04 2008
cafenowhere

I work from home. Wednesday, my hubby inadvertently deep-sixed my internet connection, and I was miserable. I could still do my copyediting, but I felt like I was in solitary confinement. I missed my writer buddies, and I missed my family because I wasn’t distracted by the interwebs.

I don’t consider my blogging pre-writing, because it doesn’t directly lead to story or poem output, but it *is* writing for me, like journaling or writing a column. And like Leigh, I tend to write and read blogs when I’m unable to “write-write,” so it helps scratch the itch.

I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.

30 04 2008
cafenowhere

I work from home. Wednesday, my hubby inadvertently deep-sixed my internet connection, and I was miserable. I could still do my copyediting, but I felt like I was in solitary confinement. I missed my writer buddies, and I missed my family because I wasn’t distracted by the interwebs.

I don’t consider my blogging pre-writing, because it doesn’t directly lead to story or poem output, but it *is* writing for me, like journaling or writing a column. And like Leigh, I tend to write and read blogs when I’m unable to “write-write,” so it helps scratch the itch.

I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.

30 04 2008
cafenowhere

I work from home. Wednesday, my hubby inadvertently deep-sixed my internet connection, and I was miserable. I could still do my copyediting, but I felt like I was in solitary confinement. I missed my writer buddies, and I missed my family because I wasn’t distracted by the interwebs.

I don’t consider my blogging pre-writing, because it doesn’t directly lead to story or poem output, but it *is* writing for me, like journaling or writing a column. And like Leigh, I tend to write and read blogs when I’m unable to “write-write,” so it helps scratch the itch.

I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

“I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.”

I’m glad I can be a part of something that leads to the creation of those connections.

30 04 2008
cafenowhere

I work from home. Wednesday, my hubby inadvertently deep-sixed my internet connection, and I was miserable. I could still do my copyediting, but I felt like I was in solitary confinement. I missed my writer buddies, and I missed my family because I wasn’t distracted by the interwebs.

I don’t consider my blogging pre-writing, because it doesn’t directly lead to story or poem output, but it *is* writing for me, like journaling or writing a column. And like Leigh, I tend to write and read blogs when I’m unable to “write-write,” so it helps scratch the itch.

I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

“I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.”

I’m glad I can be a part of something that leads to the creation of those connections.

30 04 2008
cafenowhere

I work from home. Wednesday, my hubby inadvertently deep-sixed my internet connection, and I was miserable. I could still do my copyediting, but I felt like I was in solitary confinement. I missed my writer buddies, and I missed my family because I wasn’t distracted by the interwebs.
I don’t consider my blogging pre-writing, because it doesn’t directly lead to story or poem output, but it *is* writing for me, like journaling or writing a column. And like Leigh, I tend to write and read blogs when I’m unable to “write-write,” so it helps scratch the itch.
I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

“I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.”
I’m glad I can be a part of something that leads to the creation of those connections.

30 04 2008
ldragoon

Thanks! πŸ™‚

30 04 2008
ldragoon

Thanks! πŸ™‚

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

That’s the weird thing about being a writer. It needs to be done in solitude, but I don’t think you can write well if you don’t have a life outside of the writing, if you don’t have people around you. We’ve talked briefly before about how landscapes influence our writing — I think the people around us have even more influence.

My family, friends, coworkers — even customers — show up in my writing at times, or at least their traits show up in odd configurations. I sometimes put friends and family in my stories in veiled references as “inside jokes” just to keep my writing fun for us.

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

That’s the weird thing about being a writer. It needs to be done in solitude, but I don’t think you can write well if you don’t have a life outside of the writing, if you don’t have people around you. We’ve talked briefly before about how landscapes influence our writing — I think the people around us have even more influence.

My family, friends, coworkers — even customers — show up in my writing at times, or at least their traits show up in odd configurations. I sometimes put friends and family in my stories in veiled references as “inside jokes” just to keep my writing fun for us.

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

“I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.”

I’m glad I can be a part of something that leads to the creation of those connections.

1 05 2008
southernweirdo

“I’m glad you’ve decided to embrace blogging. You help me make connections I wouldn’t otherwise make.”

I’m glad I can be a part of something that leads to the creation of those connections.

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