The Importance Of Blogging

CuriousHow important is blogging? A rather strange question given the fact that here I am, in tne midst of doing just that. :wink: But truly — how important do you feel doing a daily blog is beneficial to your career? Doesn’t matter what field of work you’re in, but since MagicalMusings is pretty much aimed at writers and readers, we’ll concentrate on that.

I’ve been blogging for a good number of years, not only here at MM, but also at my personal website as Literally Liz. When we first started out with MagicalMusings, it was just Michelle, Edie and I. We did a rotation of blogs every three days, so we put out a lot of blogs in a year’s time. (Not gonna do the math … so if you’re that curious on the numbers, you figure it out). We initially aimed our posts strictly toward writers, but have since expanded it to include readers, or anyone else with an interest in books. Yes, it got grueling at times trying to come up with fresh and interesting material, but it was fun and we were able to interact with a huge number of people at our site. Since then, we’ve expanded to include a number of other bloggers/writers into what I think is a nice blend of people with a lot of interesting things to say.

But … has all of this done much to advance my career? Don’t know, but I have some doubt that it has. After all, in the long run, the only thing that will advance my writing career is hard work and putting out a good product. Our local chapter of Wisconsin Romance Writers of America (or WisRWA) recently skyped in a guest speaker, Chuck Wendig. Chuck Wendig is not only a novelist, but he’s also a screenwriter, and game designer … married with a couple of young children. You can check out his website at terribleminds.com. A very interesting person, but although he blogs extensively, he is also the first to admit that it’s a huge time suck and not a guaranty toward career building. He devotes his mornings to writing, and then allows a certain amount of time in the afternoon to do his social media, which includes putting out his blogs. How that man can come up with so many interesting subjects day in and day out totally perplexes me, but he’s obviously far more talented that I. :lol:

I will say that blogs do attract new readers who will hopefully find your opinions interesting enough to seek out your work, but I personally would not count on it. Ultimately I think blogs are a sounding board where you can post your personal opinions or (in many cases) rants. It’s an internet stage upon which you hope readers will drop in to see what you have to say.

What do you think? Do you feel that being a regular presence on the internet through blogging has done anything to advance your career? Or are you into it just for the fun?

About Liz Kreger

Liz Kreger writes science fiction/romances and to date, has two books published by Samhain Publishing ... FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW and PROMISE FOR TOMORROW. Liz is presently branching out to contemporary paranormals and is experimenting with urban fantasy.
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7 Responses to The Importance Of Blogging

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Yes, blogging is a time suck, but through blogging, I’ve made so many wonderful friends in the industry – that includes reviewers like Amy Remus of So Many Reads. And I’m sure that many readers have gotten to know me and my books through blogging. Now that I blog every other week, it’s not that much. I rarely blog at my own website anymore, though. Just if I’m announcing something – and even then, I sometimes forget to post.

    • Liz Kreger says:

      Aaaand this goes to show you how precious time is. Here it is …nearly 10:30 p.m. and this is the first chance that I’ve gotten to respond to comments. The day job was nuts, getting home and doing necessary chores and stuff with the family … I allowed myself an hour or so to wind down and now I’m on line. Sleep? Who needs sleep?

      But I’ll agree with you there, Edie. I’ve met a lot of people through blogging. I guess these thing are time sucks as far as you allow it to be.

  2. Blogging definitely takes up a lot of time. I used to blog every day … then three times a week … and now I’m down to once a week on my own site and my posts here at MM. I mostly use my own blog to let readers know about my new books coming out, e-book sales, and other news items like that.

    But blogging has also helped me meet some great folks, like the ones here at MM. So I’d say that it’s been worth it in the end. :cool:
    Jennifer Estep`s last blog was …The Bigtime Series e-bundle on sale for 99 cents …

    • Liz Kreger says:

      Yeah, its a great forum for announcements, Jenn. (I just picked up “Spider” by the way and thought “Heart of Venom” was one of your best to date :cool: ). I used to blog three times a week as well over at my personal website as Literally Liz. Mondays was “WoW” … Writer on Writing, Wednesday was my Bitch Session where I pissed and moaned about anything that ticked me off, and Fridays is my “Cancer Warrior” blog in which I share the trials and tribulations of having breast cancer.

      Right now I’ve been pretty much concentrating on my Cancer Warrior blog. I feel I have far more to share with that particular subject than any other. But, who knows … time allowing, I might resurrect Mondays and Wednesdays in the future. One never knows.

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Interesting question Liz, and one I’ve thought on a lot these last few years. I used to blog on 2 sites and guest blogged…well…everywhere!

    But it’s become a huge time suck with questionable career benefits. I met a lot of authors at the various blogs and that’s been great – I don’t get out as much as I should – and readers are always fun to meet! :)

    I have wondered about the future of blogging to be honest – for everyone!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Knock, Knock… book 5 of the Psychic Visions series is on SALE now!

    • Liz Kreger says:

      Seems like tweeting might be taking over where blogging was once the most popular. Sure, you can only use so many letters per post, but I’ll bet you can really get a lively discussion going.

  4. Liz, I think as long as it isn’t taking too much time away from actually writing or doing whatever else you want to do, it is a great method of connecting to others.

    I’ve never regretted blogging, and for the friends I’ve made through it, if for nothing else, I think it’s been more than worth it.

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