Following last week’s riposte to the can’t blog won’t blog fraternity, I thought I might as well add some meat to the bones of what blogging has done for me.
One clue is provided by this weeks Strictly Writing post by Susie Nott-Bower about how writers hate the silence of no response. All writers crave if not adulation, at least feedback. My blog posts may not be fiction, but I try to deploy some aspect of creativity. The medium satisfies that need to put stuff out there and through the wonders of the comment box, get something back in return – without putting real-time relationships at risk.
But as well as feeding the writing monster, blogging can bring more tangible rewards. Here are a few :
- nice surprises, especially in the form of unexpected contacts, like the reader who asked to buy my first novel (sadly still unpublished!) or the novelist I admire who was my contemporary at university but whom I had never met until she turned up to thank me for a review
- freebies, i.e. books won in free draws on other blogs, or supplied by publishers as review copies
- images and film clips to use or repurpose in exchange for nothing more than an acknowledgement
- friends in unexpected places – from Leicester to Lanzarote
- inspiration – like the recent comment that sparked an idea for a short story now winging its way to a number of competitions
Compared to a blog, Twitter is even more immediate and reactive, and so if you add it (or other microblogging sites like Facebook) into the mix, the return rate more than doubles. Since I’ve been using Twitter and the blog together, the rewards have shot up to include:
- more free books
- an invitation to join an indie publisher reading panel
- news of competitions, events and other outlets – several of which have come good.
- competition prizes – including one NT cream tea!)
- many more people reading my blog (i.e. aware of my writing)
- more useful blogs to follow (in a manageable way)
- a guest for my own blog with, I hope, more to come
So, if anyone was in any doubt, this is to demonstrate that time spent on social media is not just about warm feelings and moral support, but brings solid and quantifiable results.
Do I feel a series coming on? Stand by for more on the ‘how to’ rather than the ‘why’.
4 thoughts on “More love to the blog”
Hello Ali, I could not agree more with your Blog, for a start I would never have met you if I had not embraced social media. There is a plethora of information out there and all from new friends living all over the world. Thank you for the mention too, maybe one day we will see you down here….have a great day! x
Since my statement last week I have changed my mind. I WILL BE A BLOGGER! There, I’ve said it. Now I’ve got to do it. Turnaround came following morning spent reading countless writers and others blogs. And, having loaded a gallery of art on Facebook, found myself constantly dipping in to read what others have commented on my work when really I should have been writing Not time wasted, but a valuable few hours researching, learning and exploring. So thank you, Alison. Your words have not been wasted and I must make sure mine aren’t in the future.
I so, so agree with you. Blogging has provided me with so much more than a reason to chat to a computer screen. I have not only made some real friends. I have also benefited professionally, including my most recent book which will be published in May of this year. I would never have been commissioned to write that book had I not made the relevant contacts through writing my blog…
Oh yes, and thank you so much for the mention… and alongside the lovely Pauline too. I’m honoured. :-))
Thanks everyone – especially KitD for taking up the challenge. Hope to be seeing you around before long.