Every now and then, we should all sit down and ask ourselves the question, “Why do I do the things I do?” Today, we’re going to ask ourselves, “Why do we blog?”
I don’t believe social networking sells books. We only follow blogs, twitter feeds, and Facebook updates after we read and liked a book. (Do you guys agree with me on this?)
I had reasons to start a blog, and now I have different reasons for keeping one. I started it because:
Ego Boost. It was last November when things weren’t going so well and I was feeling pretty down. I knew how happy it would make me to get readers.
Something to Do. A year ago, I was not a busy person. Keeping a blog sounded like a good way to burn time.
Practice. I love how much my blog inspires me to write.
Killing Plot Bunnies. It’s nice to have a place to puke up ideas.
Since then, many things have changed. This is why I keep a blog now:
Opportunity. I have made friends, found beta readers, entered contests, briefly interacted with agents and authors (many of whom won’t remember me, but I’ll always remember them), and learned about so many other opportunities available to me. When I get published I will trace the series of events that made it possible, and I firmly believe it will lead back to my blog.
Education. Telling you how many things I’ve learned would take a whole new post.
Social Coaching. I’ve learned how to interact with writers, agents, readers, and I’ve learned by reading from others what to expect when I’m thrown into the big world of publishing.
Friends. I had no intention of making friends when I started doing this. It was all about me. I never imagined I would become interested in other people’s welfare and that I would visit their blogs just to see how they’re doing. I’m connecting to people I care about and who care about me, and it’s wonderful.
What are your reasons for social networking?