I’m an Unpublished Author, so why do I have a Blog?

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.

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Comments: 5

  1. johncoyote August 23, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I like the blog system. Allowed people to express their view and thoughts. Good way to connect with other writers and people. To be a writer and to live off your profits. Isn’t so easy. I tell the young people. Writing is a lifetime goal. Want a interesting topic. Hemingway was one of many writers who made no money till he was dead. There were many in the same boat. Many of the great writers didn’t have a great life.

  2. Jemima Pett September 2, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Well, I started my blog on 21st October 2010 with a very short post in a section called “Dear Diary”:
    “The first post on the new blog site.

    Iā€™m currently editing the first of my stories, writing an outline and a synopsis, and generally getting ready to submit chapters to an agent or even a publisher. I think an agent is probably best.”

    It’s funny looking back on it. I started a blog because people said you should. I felt very self-conscious. A year on I gave up on the agent bit, too many “not commercial” responses. No, I don’t write commercial books, I write what I like to read and fortunately a lot of other people enjoy them too.

    So I published the first one as an ebook. And that’s when my blog became really important – the shop window for my books and a place to let readers/fans/followers find out more. It had content on it already. You don’t have to blog about writing. Lots of people do and I’ve found it very helpful. I blog about stuff that I think my readers might like to read.

    Now I’ve got three books out and one in editing mode, and I’m working on a print anthology for the trilogy. More stories are in the pipeline. And it’s fun to do!

    So good luck with your blog and your books. My advice (for what it’s worth) is to find out want you want to blog about, and enjoy it!

    • kjcolt September 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Thankyou for sharing your journey Jemima. How fantastic that you’re enjoying both the writing and blogging process.
      I do think the point of a blog is for your readership to keep informed of your work and to get further insight into you as a writer. We’re a complicated and quirky bunch and I think many of us are more fascinating than we give ourselves credit for.

      So I take it you’ve been having success with the sales of your ebooks?

      • Jemima Pett September 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm

        I’m not a fast seller, but people get them both free and paid for, and I have people I don’t know following the blog, the facebook page and the official website – how it grows! I’m not in it to grow rich. I just want people to enjoy my stories. šŸ™‚

        • kjcolt September 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm

          Excellent šŸ™‚ Have you had some touching reviews yet?