This is a Texty Tuesdays post, looking at different types of text from the printed word to blogs to things you scribble when you’re bored.
A few reasons which make sense to start a blog include:
- Selling a product or service
- Advertising your business to a wider range of prospective customers
- Getting a book deal
… among other financial-based reasons.
I say this makes sense because a blog is an investment in time and effort. A normal, sensible person would consider the positives and negatives or starting a blog and the reasonable response is that it’s only a viable option if there is a chance of making money.
However; we’re writers. We’re not normal or sensible. Before anyone gets all offended on me, this is a compliment. Who wants to be normal or sensible when you could be exciting and interesting? Not me.
How many people start blogging to become rich and famous? Of course, this wouldn’t hurt, but it’s not why people do it.
Firstly, there’s pure, unadulterated egoism. To get up in the morning and notice that you gained a follower, or that someone’s started a debate on your post – or better yet, complimented you.
Don’t lie, you know you started blogging for this reason. You must have. You’re
self indulgent confident enough to think that what you have to say is vaguely interesting to, well, anyone. Me too.
When you get past this level, however, a blog has a lot to offer.
First of all, there’s all these thoughts which bounce around in your head, vying for attention. Get ’em out, onto a screen, they won’t keep you awake there. While you’re getting them out, you can improve your writing skills, and let’s face it, writing is enjoyable.
Why not just keep a journal? You might ask.
Writing out your thoughts is one thing, but engaging with them is another. They say that the best way to learn something is to teach someone else: the best way to engage with your writing is for others to read it, comment on it, discuss it, chew it up and hopefully not spit it out too disgustedly.
This offers a reality check. A bit of humble pie after your ego trip of thinking people would be interested in what you had to say.
It means you’re actually thinking about your ideas, as opposed to just writing them out and never glancing at them again. Rather than having an opinion and defending it single-mindedly, blogging allows you to engage with your opinions and puts you in a position when you can articulate them more fully, defend them more effectively, and gives you the strength to admit you were wrong about one or two of them.
Not that you are.
Then there’s the blogosphere. Oh, to be a part of this vast community of people you’ve never met and never will meet. To talk to someone miles away whose ideals coincide with yours – or to debate with someone who disagrees. It’s a beautiful thing, this community which stretches over the invisible waves of the internet.
A blog is an investment; it’s worth the effort you put in, even if the profit isn’t financial!