Blogging can take over your writing life. You may have reached a point where you have to ask yourself this question — is blogging distracting me from my more ambitious work?
Many of us have started our blogs thinking it’s good for our writing careers. We need more than good writing if we want to be writers, we know. We need the exposure that a blog can bring us. We need an online reputation. We need connections. Blogging can help bring us all of these.
But every minute you spend writing a blog post or reading comments is a minute you don’t spend working on your larger writing projects. And there will be many days when blogging will seem so much easier than revising that long manuscript you’ve been working on for years.
You know why most of the world’s famous authors don’t have blogs or blog only occasionally? Because blogging regularly takes time. It’s not just the writing itself that’s time consuming, but reading and commenting on other blogs — an intrinsic part of blogging.
When I started this blog, I used to publish at least three posts a week. Over the years, I felt the need to post less and less. Now I rarely publish more than one post a week. I still enjoy it, but I’m cautious about it. Blog posts have a limited shelf life.
Blogging is good for writers who are just starting out. It helps them form the habit of writing regularly, challenges them to come up with ideas for posts, and encourages them to polish their writing before pushing Publish.
Take it easy. Don’t get carried away by the easy gratification that likes, comments, shares, and new followers can bring you. Don’t blog more than you have to. And if you end up in a place where you have to force yourself to publish on your blog because your conscience calls for it — and it will if you invest time and effort into your blog — it’s time to slow down. Post less. Get rid of your posting routine, if you have to.
You don’t have to give up on your blog or the friends you’ve made through it. But don’t let blogging become an obligation, either. If it does, it will eat up your writing time. And it will show up in your posts, too.
Here’s a truth — blogging won’t necessarily make you a better writer. Okay, it will, but only up to a point. After that, blogging will only make you a better blogger.
Blogging, as most things is life, is best served with moderation.
Don’t blog too much.
Do you agree? Do you feel that blogging takes over your writing life?