With the recent closing of the Squawk Radio Blog, it got me to thinking about why people blog and whether it’s something one has to do as an author. I think there are a number of reasons why people blog. Some want to express their opinion, some want to be snarky behind anonymity. Some people are just lonely, some of us do it for promotion and some people hope it might actually make a difference for a specific cause.
Personally, I find blogs somewhat addictive. I could spend all day cruising the net reading them just to get the latest gossip. But I’ve also found that when I do that, I usually wind up getting dragged down into a poisonous quagmire of others discontent. As someone who is bi-polar reading negative, virulent blog posts can completely tank me. Medication only goes so far, I have to continuously work at keeping my equilibrium emotionally, which means avoiding negative behavior. Not so easy in a competitive industry when you need to be up-to-date on news, but you wind up getting sucked into a whirlpool of posts that really don’t provide news at that point.
How I Came to Blog
I got dragged into the blogosphere kicking and screaming. I didn’t want to do it because I knew it would bite into my writing time. But I blogged nonetheless. Then I got caught up in the “it’s all about me” aspect of blogging. I wasn’t talking about any real issues, I was simply blogging about whatever came to mind.
Then I was asked by Cathy via Natalie to participate here on the GabWagon. I welcomed the chance to blog with other authors. I thought it would be easier. Guess what! IT IS! I only have to blog one time a week. Sometimes it’s not always easy coming up with a topic, but I generally manage. Then I just cut and past the post on all my blogs (Blogger and MySpace).
I don’t know that I’ll ever go back to blogging solo. I think there’s too much effort in it. Besides, I like being part of a team, especially with three other great writers who manage to keep me in line when I step out into left field as I’m wont to do on occasion.