Thursday, August 1, 2013

To Blog or Not? - A Writing Journal

It is no secret that these days if writers want to make it big, they have to work for it. Authors are responsible for more than just writing a book - they have to market themselves. Which means they have to use social media like Twitter and Facebook to connect with readers. And almost all professional writers have a blog of some sort.

But as teenage writers, many of us haven't reached the stage where we are published writers. So is it still necessary to market ourselves? Most of us use Facebook and Twitter, but how many of us have blogs? Do you really need one?

There is no right or wrong answer here, but I'm going to give my opinion. While you don't need a blog to get published, doesn't mean you shouldn't have one. If you want to get published, chances are your going to have to create a blog at some point. So why not start as soon as you can?

It is better to make a blog now with your own personal blogging style, and build a readership willing to buy your books when you finally publish, then it is to publish first and then work to get a readership.

Now some of you may be thinking: No ones going to read a blog about my boring life. Well, you blog doesn't have to be about your life. It can focus on your writing, or books you like to read, or anything else you have an interest for. Then people interested in the same topic will want to read your blog.

Not to mention, you'll be able to meet like mined people with similar interests, who may be willing to buy your book, or promote it on their blog.

The point is, while its not required for you to have a blog, it is helpful. Which is why you should consider starting a blog and building a readership.

Some sites you may want to consider using are: Tumblr, Blogger, Wordpress, or  LiveJournal.

Do you have a blog? Do you refuse to start one? Leave your opinions, and stories below! 

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