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 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.