I’ve had to think about this on more than one occasion, and it was when I worked on my web page for the Publishers Marketplace that I decided that I am a writer, not a blogger. I could have checked blogger as my primary role (or category), and this would have allowed me to put my blog posts through the Publishers Marketplace.
However, I don’t consider myself to be a blogger. I’m a writer who happens to blog. When I began blogging, I knew that I wanted my blog to be of service to others, but my blog is secondary to my novels.
Don’t get me wrong: this blog has really helped me tighten my writing skills and meet other writers. I love it for those reasons alone. I’ve also had several people compliment the blog and comment when they’ve found a particular article funny or helpful. It’s always nice to be appreciated, and I do try to reciprocate by visiting your blogs (I’m not always successful, but I do try).
Yet the majority of my free time (what precious little of it that I have) must be spent on my novels. So for me, blogging always has been and always will be secondary to writing fiction.
The question comes up again and again: should an unpublished writer blog? I would say yes. Especially for these reasons:
- Meet other writers, published and unpublished;
- Create the discipline to maintain a writing schedule. Post something at least once a week–more if your schedule permits;
- If you blog about writing, you can stay abreast of the new developments in the publishing field and encourage discussion;
- A blog is a free way to get your name on the web so that when you do decide to query, an agent can Google your name and see your web presence.
I love blogging, and I will continue for as long as I’m able. I never fail to learn something from the people who take a moment to comment. However, my novels come first. Always.
How about you? Do you consider yourself to be a blogger who writes novels or a writer who blogs?