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I am sure that I am not the first person to tell you that a writer needs a blog. And at this point, you are probably still telling yourself that you don’t. I get it. I have been there, but I still want to try and convince you. Having a blog, and being apart of the blog community, can really grow you as a writer. There are so many writing tips to be learned from having a blog.
I know. We all want to just hide in our room while we work on our next piece. No matter what kind of writer you are, we all have experienced not wanting to put ourselves out there. But I have a question for you. Are you going to hide your work forever? If the answer is yes then click away. This post isn’t for you.
If your answer is no, then now is the time to dip your toes into the outside world. I was scared at first too. I think every blogger is, but it gets better. The blogging community is full of support and writing tips that you might not get if your stay isolated.
I also feel blogging has helped me in other ways. I have been blogging for a few months now and I strongly believe every writer should. The benefits far outweigh the fear. Here are just some reasons I believe every writer needs a blog.
I know it is scary to let the world see your work for the first time, but it is necessary if you ever want your writing to go anywhere. The good thing about a blog is you don’t have to deal with people in person. Behind your keyboard, you are perfectly safe.
If you are worried about rude comments, don’t. A blog can set comments to where they have to be approved. If someone writes something you don’t like you can just delete it and move on. I have been blogging regularly for months and have not gotten one rude comment. It isn’t as common as you might think.
No matter what you want to blog about, there is a community for it. It is nice to join a community of like-minded people who can help you grow as a writer. My best writing tips have come from these communities.
On top of being a mommy blogger, I am also a fictional writer. I have joined fictional communities on Facebook and have fallen in love. These communities are supportive and caring. They encourage creativity and I personally believe every writer needs this to be successful.
Did I mention the writing tips I have gotten? The advice I get from other bloggers has improved my writing so much. When I first started blogging I was pushing publish on posts that had common typos. No one wants that to be how the world sees them. Criticism is apart of improvement. A blog is a great way to get that in a friendly environment.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a person in my personal life who understands my writing. They are supportive, but they just don’t’ get it. I don’t blame them at all. They just were made to be writers. But I always felt I would benefit from one person who understood me.
Now that I blog and connect with other similar people, I have made friends who do get me. They support me and help me through challenges that I might face. Friends who share similar dreams are important.
Facing One’s Fears
If you want to make a career out of writing, then you have to face your fears. I was afraid to let anyone see me as a writer. Blogging is a safe way to face such fears. With a blog, you can take criticism without having to face anyone. You can then take that criticism and use it to improve your writing. The more exposure you get, the more that fear goes away. Soon getting that piece you have been working on published doesn’t seem so scary.
If you couldn’t tell I love blogging. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I blog for enjoyment and have to evaluate the topics I choose, but I still love it. I have met some many people and I no longer feel alone. Having the gift of writing can feel lonely at times, but it doesn’t have to be. Start your blog and join those Facebook groups. Get out there and believe in yourself.