A week or so ago I was at the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference, and heard a number of conversations/debates on the value--or lack therein--of blogging. Here are some of the comments I heard floating around me:
have to blog if you're going to make it."
"If you want to make it in this business, don't waste your time blogging."
"Blogging is a great way to prime the pump as a writer."
"Blogging is a waste of time. Focus on writing your book."
"Blogging is the best way to connect with your readers."
"Readers want your books, and blogging takes you away from them."
"No one ever comments on my blog."
"I get 40 comments every time I post!"
By the time I'd heard a number of these conversations, here was my reaction:
Clear as mud, yes? Needless to say, blogging is still a hot topic, especially for writers and publishing professionals. In July I attended the Academy of Christian Editors breakfast, where the main topic of discussion was...? Yup, blogging. I was asked to speak on the benefits of blogging; another well-known editor spoke on why he doesn't blog. The ensuing discussion was...hmmm...interesting. I was amazed at how some of these learned folks viewed the blogosphere, and encouraged by the few who not only felt it holds value, but who have blogs themselves. Which isn't to say I think everyone should blog. It's a lot of hard work. And you need to be doing it for the right reasons.
Agent Rachelle Gardner has a thoughtful, thought-provoking post on this very issue on her blog, which actually triggered this blog entry. Lots of good points, and some very insightful comments. If you're blogging, or considering blogging, I'd encourage you to check it out.
As for me, I really enjoy blogging, but the fact that I can't keep this blog current concerns me. So I'm pondering ways to fix that. I have some ideas, but any thoughts or suggestions are welcome. Mostly, I want to be sure I'm doing what is serving people best. And what is helping fulfill the tasks God's given me.
Peace to you today.