This month is the four year celebration of Romance Magicians Blog. I came on about a year or so after it started and I have never regretted it. In the process I have learned a few things and realized I have far more to learn! Below are some questions I've pondered as I diligently tried to keep up my end and write each month.
Why do I blog?
I love challenges, but I lack follow-through. When I committed to this blog, it gave me a deadline and does not allow me to procrastinate (most of the time). I have to find new ideas or subjects (reminds me of plotting for my story) even when I don't have any at hand. I must write it succinctly and let it flow logically (sometimes that is stretch for me). The pressure of a deadline does actually work for me.
Is Blogging for everyone?
This is very subjective. I know if I had to run a blog by myself, I'd vapor lock. One of the things that I enjoy is how many people share the duties of blogging here. I'd like to say I've dozens of things to say, but unless you want dissertations on cat vomit and getting kids to clean their rooms--I'd run out of subject matter quickly--or I'd whine a lot and unless it accompanied by a large bottle of Cabernet, that is no fun at all.
Ultimately, you make that decision. Do you want to blog? Can you?
What are the Downsides of a Blog?
Lets face it, its blasted hard to write something different all the time. There are millions of articles writing about the same thing in different ways. If you think about it, our stories are just varying versions of the same themes (sounds depressing), but the trick is to write about the same thing in your own personal way. For example, I love reading about the struggles writers have as they overcome their inner and outer demons to write. It inspires me.
Another downside--your piece of writing never goes away. Because some day someone is going to google you, and there it is--that post you wrote when you ranted about your boss, or before you realized semi-colons are not to be used in place of periods (umm, guilty). Its much like that photo someone posts in a drunken moment of hilarity that comes back to haunt you again and again. It is FOREVER.
What are the positives of a Blog?
One of the best things I have learned is being succinct. I get an idea, condense it and there you have it. Its not easy. It also helps me in my book writing, you know those scenes that would go on forever and all they were doing is getting into a car? Now I can write it in a sentence and not four paragraphs (most of the time).
I can explore different styles of writing-humor, poignancy, sarcasm, wit, and fact. Interestingly, I lean more to sarcasm and humor.
You get your name out there. In this day and age of publishing, that is probably one of the hardest things to do. Some are gifted at marketing themselves. I am naturally reticent and I find blogging is a good and safe place to start, especially on Romance Magicians.
Any unexpected findings in Blogging?
I have found the most wonderful people here! Not only those who blog, but those who follow the blog. There is humor, sadness, joy, all wrapped up into these posts. There are celebrations for the successes and the commiseration for the rejections. Better yet, the support of fellow writers and readers in pursuit of your dreams.
This is a community that I am proud to be a part of.
Again, Congratulations Romance Magician Bloggers and Readers--May there be many more!!
What do you like about Blogging? What do you dislike?