I am a writer and I have been blogging for 9 months. Here is a report about all my choices, attempts, failures and successes as “a writer who blogs”. In short, my personal feedback. Hope that helps.
#1 Can a writer be a blogger?
Yes. Writing and blogging are two different activities, but they do / can overlap. Here is the way I see it:
Writing is a process of producing stories, whether fictional or not.
Blogging is a process of producing electronic content for a public.
This means that:
You can be, like many among us, a writer and a blogger.
#2 Should I build a website or a blog?
Here is, again, the way I see it:
A website will advertise your stories to an audience.
A blog will provide your audience with stories.
Again, both overlap but do not completely match:
What I did: Carrie Speaking is a website which includes a blog. I post my travel journals rather like I would on a website: according to my own schedule, without changing anything in their content. I advertise them to my audience. Conversely, I write my blog posts twice a week and I stick to my pre-established guidelines regarding their form and content. I provide my audience with them. When I start a new draft, I write to relieve myself of a story but also to feed my audience with something I think they will like, need, share. Sometimes even, I post different kinds of content (tips, strips, list posts, collections of images…) that are not “stories” per se.
In the end, these blog posts made me write more, they trained me to new writing techniques, improved my self-awareness regarding my writing skills. Writing as a blogger, and not only as a writer, made me a better writer.
#3 Which blogging platform should I choose as a writer?
I examined the options offered by Wordpress.com, Weebly and Google’s Blogger. A quick internet search will provide you with comparative articles and charts on that question. That decision is a tricky one and I guess we all have different views.
I chose Weebly for 3 reasons:
I chose Weebly over Wordpress.com and Blogger because I thought it would better accomodate my needs. I personally think that:
#4 Should I go on social media?
Yes. There is no way around it. I painfully learned over the months that people don’t share blogs. They share Tweets and Facebook statuses. Aside from a few exceptions, people don’t roam your sleek and shiny blog. They click on bits of it, bits upon which they stumbled in their Twitter app and Facebook feed. I’m not "angry" about it: even if I try not to, I tend to do the same. Sad sad world. Ah well.
4 words: anticipation, maintenance, specialization, consistency.
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