I have the honor to be sharing with you my first guest post on my blog! This article talks about the top 10 reasons why all writers should blog. I think it is very interesting, beneficial and informative.
Rachel Poli is a great writer and has written an article for me to feature on my blog. Please take some time to read and check out Rachel’s blog! Her contact information and all the places you can find her is at the bottom of this article.
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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel is a writer and blogger. She is currently running two blogs and writes just about everything. She mainly writes young adult and middle-grade novels along with children’s picture books, sprinkled in with the occasional short story and poem.
She is currently working on editing a couple of novels which she hopes to publish in 2018 and 2019.
TOP TEN REASONS WHY ALL WRITERS SHOULD BLOG
Blogging is the new hit thing these days. They’re used for a variety of reasons and by many diverse people with different goals and ideas. Blogging can be used to promote or sell products as well as an advertisement for businesses and other services. It’s also a creative outlet for some and can be seen as an online journal of sorts that can help and inspire people.
Writers, in particular, are in that category. They have stories to tell, books to sell, and want to reach out to other writers and creators. Blogs are so useful to writers in more ways than I can count.
I don’t know many people in real life who aim to write for a living. A lot of people think it’s cool, but they don’t realize the time commitment, the straining effort, and the true ups and downs of writing. Other writers do. Those other writers are on the internet through blogs.
If you have a blog about writing – fiction writing, nonfiction writing, your writing journey, or writing in general – other writers will find you. They’ll comment and give their two cents, you’ll check out their blogs, and you’ll become great friends. Before you know it, you have a community of writers are your fingertips to share stories with, bounce ideas off of each other, and to learn from one another.
2. Writing skills
If you want to be a writer, you need to be able to write well. Writing blog posts help you hone those writing skills in which you write, edit and proofread your posts. You’ll say what needs to be said and nothing more.
3. Marketing skills
How do people find your blog? You have to market and promote your posts. How do you do that? You read other blogs just like your own and you promote your posts through various social media.
Social media can be a learning curve, but if done right it can really help. You’ll learn the ins and outs of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and so much more. Once you learn that, you’ll be able to market your books with no problem.
4. A Portfolio
Through your blog, you’ll build a portfolio of your work. It’ll take time, but you’ll have opportunities to guest post on other blogs and submit your writing elsewhere. A portfolio will show off all your hard work with a pristine shine to it and it will open up new things to explore.
5. New opportunities
Adding to the previous point, new opportunities will arise for you. For example, guest posting on other blogs, but also job opportunities. You may be able to start freelancing and write articles for other blogs or companies.
6. You’ll be held accountable and meet deadlines
Blogging can be a hobby for some people, but if you’re trying to make a name for yourself and put your work out there, it’s like a business, it’s like a job. One great way to gain a steady audience is having a posting schedule.
Sure, you can post whenever you want, but consistence is key. You can blog daily, three times a week, once a week, five days a week, once a month; it’s all up to you. Staying consistent will allow your readers to know what to expect from you and it’ll help you get familiar with meeting deadlines. You’ll also hold yourself accountable and follow through with what you say.
7. You gain an audience and readers
The more you put yourself out there, the more people will find you. If you want to gain readers for an upcoming book, talking about your book on the blog as well as posting some original writing of yours will attract potential readers.
8. You’ll develop thick skin
We all have to deal with feedback, positive and negative. Unfortunately, not everyone on the internet is “nice.” Some people will agree or disagree with you. Some will give you lots of praise. Others will give constructive criticism and others still will be blunt and try to shoot you down.
It’ll hurt at first, but you’ll learn to deal with it. You can’t please everyone and everyone has their own opinions, likes, and dislikes.
9. You can be creative and try new things
Once you start a blog, you’ll feel as though you can do anything. Once you’ve been blogging for long enough, you’ll want to try your hand at other creative things. You’ll try to come up with bigger and better ways to improve your blogs and all your creative projects. And you’ll have a lot of fun doing so.
10. Learn from your past
Once you’ve been blogging for long enough, you’ll see an improvement in yourself. You’ll grow as a writer and as a person. You’ll grow alongside the friends that you’ve made. You’ll look back at your very first blog post and feel embarrassed, but that’s a good thing. That means you’ve improved, you’ve learned. It also means you never gave up.
Overall, blogging is a great way to get your feet off the ground. You may decide to blog as a hobby or to get your feet wet on the business side of things, but you’ll gain new skills, learn new things, and find supportive friends.
Connect with Rachel
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