I’m a baby blogger who came to it kicking and screaming. So it seems premature, even presumptuous, for me to write a post encouraging other writers to blog. But as a recovering alcoholic, I’ve learned that a newbie is often best-suited to help a reluctant visitor, because her own objections are still fresh in her mind.
When Rachelle asked me to start blogging before she shopped my memoir, I understood the marketing logic, but I balked. For very good reasons, of course. Here are a few, along with the surprising aha!s I discovered hiding behind my objections:
1. “I don’t know who I’m talking to.” I have an audience in mind for my memoir, but being asked to start blogging before I have a book felt like being asked to stand in a room and talk to a blank wall.
2. ”A blog is too short for me to say anything important.” I don’t want to talk to people in snippets. That’s why I’m writing a book!
3. “Sure, a blog is free to readers, but it’s costly to me.” Why wouldn’t I be better off working on my book, which I hope to sell, which I hope will make money, which I happen to need?
4. “A blogs feels embarrassingly self-centered.” You know—Step right up! Read my blog. Learn all about…me!
5. “A blog will suck up all my creative energy.” That means, little or nothing left for the book.
6. “A blog feels so temporary, so transient.” Why waste all that effort on something that basically disappears the second I write something new?
7. “A blog will make me feel over-exposed and insecure.” If people read it, I’ll feel embarrassed. If they don’t, I’ll feel worthless.
If you’re already blogging, have you struggled with any of these reasons to balk? If you’re not blogging — what’s holding you back?
Heather Kopp is a blogger, editor, and the author of more than two dozen non-fiction titles including the popular Dieter’s Prayer Book which is still selling 12 years after its release.
These days, Heather is returning to publishing after a personal hiatus during which she focused on recovery from alcoholism and on her spiritual connection to God and others. She is currently working on a memoir about her spiritual journey which will be published by Jericho Books (an imprint of Hachette Book Group) in 2013.[ Next Post → ] [ ← Previous Post ]