There have been conflicting reports lately (ironically, on blogs) about the benefit of blogging for writers. Jane Friedman had a guest post by LL Barkat, who gave compelling reasons that writers should stop blogging. Then she had a follow up (written by Dan Blank) that gave reasons to keep blogging as well as advice on when to kill a blog. Both actually make good cases, and it’s gotten me thinking about my blogs.
I have three blogs. The first one I ever had is called The View from the Sunroom and is a mix of personal stuff: life over 40, family, recipes and cooking, health. I enjoy it… but I rarely think about writing on it. Because of that, I don’t have many followers and don’t get many hits. On the one hand, I’ve used it when I can’t find some recipe I created. On the other… well, it’s not really a good use of time.
My second blog is for my non-profit, Ten Eighteen Inc. This blog is updated somewhat sporadically, but it’s important to have, because it’s the way I get my trip information, as well as things I want donors to know but don’t need to add to the website, out there. I promote it some, and it links to the website (and vice versa), and it’s the easiest way to disseminate that information, so I will keep it.
This blog is my writing blog, and I enjoy it. When I didn’t write for three weeks, on my last Uganda trip, it definitely lost momentum, which is a lesson learned: write and schedule blog posts ahead! I don’t have a huge following, but I do have enough to make it worth the time. Plus, the homeschool mom/teacher in me enjoys passing on information in hopes that you will find it useful or thought provoking. It’s a keeper, as long as I’m still enjoying it. If it ever begins to feel like a chore… Well, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.
What about you? A lot of readers of this blog are bloggers themselves. How do you feel about the time and effort you put into your blogs versus the return/reward? If you read the above to posts on Jane Friedman’s site, what are your thoughts? The digital age moves fast. Blogs have been around awhile now. There are certainly ones with big followers and a lot of success, but like other things, it’s not for everybody, and not everybody is going to hit it big, even if their content is great. A lot of things are like that, including books and restaurants… So how about you? Thumbs up or thumbs down on writers and blogs (or other professions and blogs)?