- Blogs force you to think about what you are going to write. That's never going to be a bad thing!
- Feedback on blogs can give a good idea of which posts work best, which don't quite hit the mark and so on. It all helps improve writing skills.
- Inevitably at some point you will need to carry out research to extend what you can write about. I'm finding this to be the case for my blogs on Chandlers Ford Today. This was particularly true for my Gang Show interview with Lyn Darbyshire recently.
- Research can be fun and addictive. The clever bit is working out when you have enough and to stick to the point!
- I've found reading non-fiction can help spark ideas for my fiction. I'm certain the same will apply to writing non-fiction.
- You can point to a regular blog on your writing CV to show that you are committed to writing (and are not adverse to some social media at least) when approaching agents, publishers etc.
- You will end up reading other blogs in and around your subject to expand your own knowledge, to learn from good blogs how to improve your own and to discover what you like in a blog post. I like numbered lists and have come across a number (some pun intended!) on other sites I visit. Lists grab my attention.
- For blogs to work, they have to be reasonably regular so they help with the discipline of writing regularly in general.
- You never know where a blog post might be tweeted or favourited. It helps exposure.
- Blogging is fun! (If it's not, stop).
From a writer's viewpoint, the joys of blogging include (in no particular order):-
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.