I've been thinking about the recent blog post by Damyanti Is Blogging Obsolete? It has made me think about why I am here. As one commenter said, "We should call it Writing on the Internet." Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? And sounds prettier than the word "blog."
First, why I am NOT here:
To be controversial. I'll never write one of those posts everyone talks about and links to and goes viral due to its debatable and controversial nature. I'm a peacemaker. I like everyone to get along. Just ask my kids.Which is why I never talk politics in person or online. Can't stand contention.
To promote my books. My personal opinion is that writers need to spend more time writing and improving their craft than trying to convince people to buy their books. Do enough to get the word out then back off, that's my policy. Not saying it's the best policy for selling a zillion books but it feels right for me.
To become a better writer. Blogging doesn't help my writing skills. In fact, I think it hurts. There's a part of my creative brain that switches off when I go online, and getting it back is tough when it's time to work on the manuscript.
Then why am I here?
Because I like it and can't seem to stop myself.
To learn about what's happening with writers and publishers. Online is where the news hits first. It's where trends are started and I like to keep my finger on the pulse of the writing industry.
I love my laptop and feel happy when I use it and I can't be writing all the time, silly.
This is my writing club. I don't belong to one in real life so I come online to get inspired, informed, encouraged and understood.
That's me. Why are you here?
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf