The Uprising of Writers Who Hate Blogging
I have become increasingly aware of a proportion of writers who hate blogging. I must have been in a blogging bubble because it initially came as a surprise.
I recently found myself engaging in a thread in a Facebook writing group where a lot of writers were stating how much they hate blogging and how pointless it is. I felt like a lone voice in a snarly crowd when I stated that I love it and I think it’s a great writing extension for writers. Cue a rollercoaster of alternating tumbleweeds and vitriol. I felt like a traitor to the purely fiction writing cause.
Since then I’ve seen writers consistently stating how much they hate blogging. Each to their own but I’m baffled that these are people who actually have writing blogs!
I know we are fed the line right from the moment of writer conception that we must be utilising enough social platforms to build that flipping stairway to Heaven, but we don’t have to jump on every bandwagon!
I confess I started blogging because I thought as a fledgling writer I had to. Thankfully I thrive on it. However, I can honestly say that if I had hated it I would not have continued. Why waste valuable writing time doing something that is cheating me and the people who are kind enough to read my posts?
I chose to be a writer because I love it. It’s what I am, even on days when I feel so far from being it. I feel the same way about blogging. I just do it because I have to and want to.
Blogging should be viewed the same as writing. Blog if you feel an absolute unswerving need to do it. You don’t have to do it if you don’t feel that passion. You can sell your writing wares on social media and still flog a fair few books out of it.
Blogging takes time, creativity and commitment. No one is judging you if you don’t want or have the time to give to it. You’re a grown adult.
The only people judging you are the idiots who set all those bloody impossible, ‘make you feel like crap for failing’ rules, and you.
However, that said, maybe you do want to blog but you just can’t figure out what is causing the blogging block? Let’s take a look at why you may be running away from the big bad blog that lurks in your computer.
Time is not a writer’s friend. There is never enough of it, particularly if you’re holding down a full-time job, raising a family, doing all the household chores, and going out and saving the streets of Gotham by night. Look, if you’re doing all that, you’re a freaking superhero anyway.
So once you’ve done all the life stuff and then the writing business, where the hell do you get the time to write a blog post?
If you really want to blog there are ways around it:
- Share writing pieces on your blog from when you were doing the writing stuff.
Use your blog as a journal where you recount your writing day, feelings and thoughts. It’s great therapy for you, and potentially interesting to other writers.
- Keep your blog posts short and sweet (unlike wordy old me). Don’t get too wrapped up in that SEO business. It’s not a writer’s blog’s friend. We are not trying to sell make-up or ‘How to be a better blogger’ programmes. Oh, the irony.
- Blogging once a week is sufficient. That’s what I do. Do it less than that if that’s better. I haven’t got time to do more than once a week. I also prefer to pool decent content into one post rather than lots of substandard writing into daily posts. I’m not saying all daily blog posters are crap before you all start crashing my site with comments!
You Feel Coerced into It for Promotional Reasons
If you are blogging for the sole reason of selling your books I guarantee that it will show. That’s not engaging with your readers. It’s also incredibly boring.
No one likes having advertising relentlessly shoved in their face. How often do you skip ads when you record programmes, flick past them in magazines or swipe them away on your phone?
Writers who only ever promote their books on social media and never engage with others aren’t very popular. They come across as automatons rather than genuine writers trying to catch a break with their beloved book.
It’s okay to want to promote the fruits of your labour. However, don’t forget that you’re not the only writer in the world.
If you are blogging with the sole intention of punting your book, you will be lost in a sea of fellow shouty ‘Buy my book’ writer bloggers.
By all means, occasionally mention your book in your blog, just make sure your posts aren’t always a means for selling it.
Help other writers out. Tell us about your writing processes, how you edit and revise, how you kept your sanity (or not), and how you published. That is useful to other writers. It will also be a good exercise for you in looking at what worked for you and what didn’t.
Make your blog a place for you and your followers. Make it personal. Don’t hand it over to an advertiser’s dream of the self-promotion treadmill. You’ll exhaust yourself with all that unnecessary exercise.
Lack of Blogging Ideas
I’m often in the place of ‘what on earth am I going to write about this week’? I can relate to your pain.
You, my friend, have an advantage over many other bloggers. You’re a writer therefore you should have something of a fertile imagination. Well, that’s the theory anyway.
If you have a writing blog, don’t try to come up with amazing subject ideas that are out of the box. Blog about what you know; that’s writing by the way.
Just like when you get an idea for a short story, a blog post idea starts off small and grows. Begin by writing a heading for what what you mainly want to focus upon. Bullet point ideas around that. Then start to fill it in. That’s what I do. Drafts are your friends, as ever.
Yes, it’s non-fiction but if you can have a conversation with someone about writing, you can cobble together a post about writing.
Write as you would speak to another writer. We are a chatty and opinionated bunch when it comes to this weird and wonderful world of writing.
If all else fails, write about Stephen King’s On Writing. It’s like a writer blogger’s rite of passage or something.
Other Bloggers Are Doing It Better Than You
Maybe they are. Maybe they are working hard at it and have been building their blog for months or years. Maybe it’s taken them some time to find their blogging groove, so kudos to them.
Maybe they are a jammy writer blogger marvel who has thousands of followers in weeks and everyone is worshipping at their blogging altar. No one likes a smart arse but maybe we have to say ‘well done’ to them as well because blogging is clearly their thing.
We can all get blogging and writing envy. We smile sweetly and share memes about how we love our fellow writers and always have their backs but a little part of us dies inside when we see that someone has published a book that has the amazing plot idea you’ve been cultivating for a year.
We can give up because others are seemingly better at writing and blogging than us or we can keep on keeping on, doing it our way.
Learn from the bloggers you think are ‘better’ than you. Why do you think they are ‘better’? Then take tips from how they do it well. Learn from them rather than create effigies of them.
Oh and here’s a little secret I’ve picked up along the way… Those ‘better’ bloggers are usually feeling like frauds and freaking out too. They just manage to style it out better than some of us.
The cocky ones who have complete and utter self-belief are robots. Open up their chest and check out their tin hearts. This is not a directive to murder smarmy bloggers. If anyone asks, this paragraph did not happen.
You’d Rather Be Writing Your Novel
Of course you would. You would rather sit and immerse yourself in your fiction writing art… apart from when you’re binging on a box set, telling the world off on Twitter or stalking your ex on Facebook.
You have time to blog if you have time to procrastinate.
Blogging can be an extension of your novel writing. You can share extracts, detail your writing processes, share photos of setting inspirations, offer character profiles or even interview your characters. You can even bitch about writing. We all do it.
You know how sometimes something completely unrelated to your novel sparks off an amazing idea for it? Like when having a pee makes you think of the ultimate ending to end all endings? Or how washing up creates the best villain? Why should blogging about something not related to your novel do any less?
You can be blogging about how your kids are the spawn of the devil when they know you’re trying to write and then all of a sudden you have a main character who is fantasising about infanticide. Just kidding…
Blogging is much more useful for your novel than you may think.
I now tread in dangerous territory but if you are not this kind of person then I figure that you’re not going to be offended.
Some writers hate blogging because they are snobs.
Some writers see blogging as lesser than their everyday writing, even non-fiction writers strangely enough. I am not making an unsubstantiated point here. I’ve seen and heard it many times over from other writers.
Writers who state that blogging is beneath a writer really grind my gears.
Blogging takes no less commitment to providing great content than writing a short story, novel or textbook does.
I work bloody hard at writing my posts. I am not happy to just write any old crap and laugh at my readers as they soak it up.
I know and follow other writer bloggers who write with aplomb and talent. They educate, inform, entertain. and show their hard writing graft within their posts.
It’s true that anyone can start up a blog and post any old bobbins. We’ve all seen some shockers. Possibly they give blogging a bad press but for some writers it goes beyond that. They think that blogging isn’t true writing; that the only writing is the published kind. I put it to them that every time I hit publish on my posts I am putting my work out there for the world to see just like they do when they publish electronically. I may possibly even get more readers than them *tries to rein bitchiness in but is not a saint*.
Published blog posts are published pieces of writing. I am therefore a multiple published author. I am proud of that, as every writer blogger should be.
Blogging is not a lesser writing art. It is an extension of it. It takes dedication, skill, tenacity, and perseverance; everything a writer needs and then some.
So maybe those of you who are plugging away at this blogging gig should see yourselves for what you are; flipping marvellous, multi-tasking, writer-blogging superheroes.
Now go save Gotham or at least put your undercrackers on over your tights. Or possibly just go write that blog post, eh?