Let’s face it, most of you following my blogs, or reading my posts don’t know me. I haven’t done anything spectacular, I haven’t published one book yet, and I’m not an expert on writing.
Yet everyone keeps insisting that if I’m a writer with intention to publish, I need a blog.
So, I guess all I can post about is either ‘things about my personal life (not that exciting) and uneventful writing career events (also not that exciting)’, or ‘things I’m learning as I go through the novel-writing/editing/publishing phase’.
I guess writing this stuff is important too. But I’m on Twitter and I have followed over three hundred authors and they’re all publishing similar content. Some of those authors are amateurs, a few are making a living out of writing and have years and years of publishing experience. But they’re the minority.
So it comes back to the question: Should only experts publish about writing topics? Are amateur authors keeping blogs to try inflate their egos and produce unearned fandom?
I don’t know if I can answer those questions, but I suspect for some people they’ll answer yes.
So what do I get out of reading all those amateur blogs? The journey. The pep talks. Who better to get irrational, keep-strong advice from but the very people who are having doubts and fears about their own writing careers?
If I want grammar, writing advice, I go to an expert blog/website or read a book on the writing craft. Now that’s not to say that amateur articles on writing don’t have good information. But it’s a matter of quality over quantity. I don’t want to have to search through the muck for the most succinct, clear advice.
If I made a post on ‘tips on writing’ I wouldn’t expect anyone to re-tweet it or post it to their Facebook as expert advice. That would be absurd. So I try to stay away from pretending to know something about writing and stick to what I’m good at. Meta-discussion. I can be meta because meta is what I know.
So I still haven’t answered my own question: Why do I keep a blog?
I actually get a thrill out of posting the little lessons that I learn, even if those lessons are wrong. Everyday I see expert writers writing engaging, entertaining and thrilling blogs, and I think to myself, ‘with expert literature being published for free, why would anyone ever read my blog?’. The simple truth is, someone, somewhere out there will get something out of my blogs. Whether it’s entertaining them, giving them hope amongst their flurry of doubts (writers are a pessimistic bunch at times), and especially helping them to not to give up on their craft.
So, while it’s somewhat narcissistic and almost pretentious to keep an author blog while I’m still unpublished. My journey as an author has already begun, and it’s that journey I want to record, not only for myself but for anyone else out there wanting to take the journey with me.