Wrife: (Noun) A combination of writing and life. Usually chaotic or insane. Can cause major meltdowns, chocolate-eating frenzies, and bad backs. Dangers include rejection, hearing voices in your head, and writing whilst sitting on the toilet. Best managed under supportive conditions, i.e., blogging.
Two years of blogging. I cannot believe it. Me, the chick who couldn’t call herself a writer, has been publicly talking about being a writer. Whoa.
I’ve had some highs and lows this year in my wrife. Highs include my new freelance business, Musefly, reading some great books by bloggers, and enjoying a family-oriented summer. For the lows: my son’s tonsillectomy and major angst over writer’s block.
My attitude toward blogging has changed. For a long time, I considered it simply an outlet, a place to share my writing spirit. However, I realize that blogging offers more than that. It has helped me grow more confident with my writing (and myself), to realize that I can take risks and still remain intact. It has shown me that if I’m serious about my writing quest, I need to think outside the box (which isn’t easy for this self-conscious introvert).
The drawback to blogging is that it can consume too much time. Even though blogging is a huge part of my platform, I have to be careful how I use it. Too little, and I make no forward progress. Too much, and quality drags.
Blogging is marketing. Even if we’re not hawking a book when we post, we are selling a product—ourselves. In fact, I was surprised to realize I have been marketing myself for two years via my blog. There is no reason in the world I should worry about marketing myself once my books are published. The posts I write, while generally geared to inspire other writers, are often composed with my platform in mind. I do most of my work behind the scenes, and my blog is how I reach and build my audience.
As I kick off my third year of blogging, I am upping the ante with my writing quest. I think I have played it safe for too long. It’s time to move ‘em and shake ‘em. Actually, my first risky move for this blog year is that I am not participating in NaNoWriMo. I will continue to blog, but with a new edge, where I take things to a new level. I will be spending more time with Musefly, helping other writers strengthen and develop their craft. In fact, I have a special offer going on right now with free first-page critiques. Stop on by if you’re interested. Lastly, I will be making a serious decision about the book I am currently querying.
I want to thank everyone who has followed my blog, commented on my posts, emailed me kind thoughts and warm wishes, shouted my name out on Facebook and Twitter and the other social media monsters. I truly appreciate the love. You all reassure me that blogging was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my wrife.