One of my dear blogging friends, Paul, recently left me a comment asking me where I’ve been – in blogland that is, because I’ve been all over the place lately: I’ve been shopping, been to the movies, explored Melbourne with my Mum, been to Canberra to visit family… but I don’ t think that’s what Paul meant. It does however, bring me to the question of whether blogging is helpful to writers. I’ve read quite a few blog posts on this subject since I’ve been blogging and there does seem to be a divided camp: some say it establishes daily writing practice, and others say it distracts from the ‘real’ job of writing and is time that could be better used on other projects.
I’m hoping that cyber-queen Angela Meyer pokes her head into this discussion, because, frankly, I’d like her opinion(help)… Yoo hoo… Angela?
It seems to be, for me, that the more disciplined I get with my (fiction) writing, the less I blog. I struggle to maintain my energy for blogging along with struggling to think of things to write, which, oddly, never used to be the case. What does that say about me I wonder? Perhaps that’s not the point… I miss it though; miss the community which is much more sincere and like-minded than my Facebook community. (Sorry Facebookers, it’s merely the nature of the medium I guess.)
Maybe it’s just about the nature of what writer’s blogs are about? I mean, if you don’t want to post your actual work, writing about writing can get kinda boring. Believe me, there are plenty of writing blogs out there filled with posts about word counts. I mean, come on. That’s a bit. You know. Dreary. There are also some wonderful blogs about writing that are fabulously written and extremely informative. This one, for example (Angela’s too). But I happen to know that this writer is a brainiac, so, you know, that excuses me…
Hmm, I’ll have to ponder ‘pon it some more. In the mean time, you’ll be happy to know that a biographical short story I recently penned has been short-listed for a prize, I’m doing a reading from Beat at the Williamstown Literary Festival on the 2nd of May (in the People’s Choice awards), contributing to a panel discussion at the Emerging Writer’s Festival, gearing myself up for quite a few reviews for the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and biting my nails as I wait to hear about a 6 month Fellowship I’ve applied for to write my next book. Will let you know how it all pans out!