Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fresh Ground Blogging

I can relate to Robin's words : However, there are so many time when I just don’t have anything that I feel is post worthy. I try not to let this be a discouragement. I consider my blog more of an outlet as well as a motivation to get me practicing the craft of writing.

I want to keep my blog interesting and fresh just like the manuscripts I write. I don't want my blogging to become a chore or redundant nor do I want the stories I write to either.

So much of blog writing reminds me of the writing I do on a daily basis for an article or a book. What an opportunity and arena to practice not only self-discipline but creativity.

Question: Do you find blogging has helped your writing process or hindered it?

BTW--the comments this week have been awesome and eyeopening! I hope if you haven't read them, you will. Blogging has become such a part of our writing culture and continues to change in how it is used. I know I have rethought much of what I do from your responses! Thank you!


Angie Ledbetter said...

Blogging forces my rusty mind to spit out new, or at least interesting, stuff. It's also great for keeping the bahonkus in the chair.

Janna Qualman said...

Both! Helps, because I've learned to hone my writing to fulfill a certain goal (like a post topic) - and because I've created a following. Hindered, because sometimes the posts are all I have motivation for (of late, anyway).

bahonkus? LOL

Linda said...

Blogging has definitely helped me. It exercises my brain to come up with new and (I hope) interesting things to write about. I've also gotten some great ideas that I've filed away for future projects. Not to mention the wonderful bloggy friends I've met!

Barbara said...

I continually stuggle with this question. Some weeks I'm like a dry field with no produce. My prayer is that my readers have come to appreciate my offerings and will endure those periods with me.

I read many blogs each day and it appears most writers have the same problem....dry periods and fruitful periods, from what I see of their blog content.

Everyday, I'm tempted to give up, but compelled to move ahead. For how long? I don't know. Am I discouraged? Yes.

Blessings to all.

Laura said...

Blogging is enabling me to become the writer I am. After receiving too many rejection letters, I decided that I just don't have it in me any more to be told no thanks. This writing, on my schedule and with me as an editor is so fulfilling. I do not need an agent or a publisher (though they would be nice) to know that I am a writer. This medium is not just a step towards something else, for me, now it is where I want to be.