Thanks to @blancaword on Twitter, I was given the idea of writing a blog post about why a blog can be beneficial to writers.
Less than 12 months ago I set up this blog while I was rather poorly as a way of circumventing the 140 character limit on Twitter. I had found that a lot of Tweets I’d seen on Twitter provoked a reaction in me and I wanted to share my thoughts without being limited by a word count. Very quickly, though, I found myself using the blog like a diary, a way to write about things I did and how I felt about certain issues. Rather quickly, I started getting comments from people: that spurred me on.
Increasing the amount of posts I wrote, I started including book reviews and reviews of gigs I went to. As my Twitter following grew, I received more and more books to review and more interaction through my blog. I realised that my blog was getting me into the habit of writing regularly but I was able to split my time between working on my blog and the works of fiction I was writing. This blog helped me become more disciplined and it also made me practice my craft on a regular basis.
Not only that but through my blog – and some social networking – I have become part of a large online community of writers who are willing to support each other. Writing a blog has created so many opportunities for me that I would never have believed a year ago how different my life is now.
If you have designs on being a writer (whether male or female), you could do a lot worse than start a blog.