“There are millions of blogs out there.
What’s the point of adding another to the mix?
What are the chances that my blog will stand out from the hordes of others competing for the limited attention of readers?”
Many writers feel this way, but is it a sound argument?
Go ahead and change “blog” to “book” and re-read the above three sentences.
Uh-oh. See what happened there? You’ve just argued yourself out of a career in writing…
So, let’s assume that if you feel your book has a chance of standing out, despite all those that came before, then so does your blog.
But the bigger question that I think writers are really asking is this: will the results I receive from a blog be worth the time I put into it?
Many articles have been written–with proponents on both sides of the issue–as to whether blogging is a necessary and effective tool for authors wanting to “get known” and sell more books.
In some cases, people share what has worked (or not worked) for them and then attempt to extrapolate that as a general rule for all authors (or all fiction authors, or all new authors, etc.).
In other cases, writers are told to blog “for the love of it”.
And if you hate it, stop. [Read more…]