To Blog Or Not To Blog

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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me if writers should have a blog.  Apparently, a lot of writing advice was telling them that keeping a blog is something modern writers should do.  Network, network, network!  But my friend was ambivalent about the whole idea.

In some ways, so am I.  At least one day every other week is devoted to that week’s entry.  They sneak into my word quota that should be reserved for fictional prose.  I often put it off until the last minute (like tonight), which adds some stress to my life, usually when I least need it.  But I’ve kept up with The Cat’s Cradle for three years.  Why?  And, more importantly, is it worth it?

The answer is, I don’t know yet.  I don’t know if having a blog will help unpublished writers gain a following and break out or if it’s a huge waste of time.  I don’t know how much it may contribute to my success (if in fact I do succeed in the traditional sense of publication with a proper company followed by modest monetary reward and readership.)  I don’t know if it’s “necessary.”

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