Blogging for Writers: The Heart of Blogging


Photography: Elaine Vigneault

Every day, 120,000 new blogs are created—a new blog every second.

There are obviously not 120,000 new hard-core bloggers every day.

And if you’re looking to make gobs of money or wield large audiences in the span of a few years, you’re looking at hard-core blogging—not something you want to do if you have a writing career that isn’t blogging.

So why blog for no money, no profit, no promotional benefits—not for another decade, if ever?

It’s as simple as John Scalzi put it a week ago:

The reason to do a blog is because you want to.

Some writers may wonder: well, what is the source of this want? The desire to create fans who to buy my books? Or perhaps swaying the kindness of an editor or agent? Sell people as yet not my agent on my writing? Or do you mean something else?

In answer, here is my small ode:

We do it because we want to.
We want to do it, because we want to connect to other people.
We want to connect to other people across the world simply….
And simply for the sake of the connection.

If you’re fishing for agents, editors, or consumers, you will probably fail.

But if you’re blogging because you simply want to reach out to people, I think you’ll do alright.

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2 thoughts on “Blogging for Writers: The Heart of Blogging

  1. That’s a scary number of blogs created each day! I wonder how many of them last beyond the first month? (If I actually follow that link, it might tell me, I suppose…)

    But if you’re blogging because you simply want to reach out to people, I think you’ll do alright.

    Thanks for this, for making me feel it’s OK to blog for the fun of it – there are so many blogs out there focussed on making money out of it, that I sometimes wonder what I’m doing wrong before realising that I’m not doing anything wrong at all in blogging because I want to.

  2. I wonder how many of them last beyond the first month?

    From about 1999 on, 200 million blogs total are probably dead. At 120k a day, though, we’re probably not in any danger of blogging dying out, even casual blogging.

    It’s totally okay to blog just because you want to. And it’s totally okay to blog without looking to make a big splash.

    Also, the sites that are actually successful on making money are fueled by bloggers who want to blog, who want to go through the trouble of making connections first.

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