Just my two cents…
Not all bloggers are writers. Some are photographers. All bloggers who write (about anything) more than share their pictures are writers, somehow. Not all writers are bloggers; they can simply be authors, poets, playwrights, etc., although it doesn’t make sense to not take advantage of additional exposure, unless of course there is absolute constraint of time.
I have thought about this previously. Then, fellow author and co-curator of Cinderella Reimagined, Theresa J. Barker, shared a post about her upcoming blog anniversary, and she asked about the community’s blogging: goals, blog’s development, and its worth. I might have hijacked her blog with my comment (copied below).
I think we mostly feel the same about blogging/blogging community. We love the community. I feel I have made some friends, [you being on top of my list,] although I tend to disappear at random depending on my life: work, home, social, mental state. Also, blogging and the blogosphere is an inspiration and an encouragement. I believe it’s more positive (than negative) for our writing (for the writers).
I was a writer, albeit one plagued with doubts and feeling of inadequacy, before I was a blogger. I had a blog which I started probably ten years ago (give or take), before blogging became popular. However, it was more like my public journal. It was mostly rant. It was mostly related to my mental health. It was without purpose. It had no audience. I eventually deleted it.
Then, I started “I think, I say, I do”, which, according to WordPress, is at least eight years old. I deleted the original (old) posts and about three years ago rebooted. Clean slate. The blog was [/is] still on what I think, say and do, although it has evolved and changed a few times. It is now Crossroads and Conquests: Odyssey of a Woman, which is the title of my new book series I’m working on, but it’s still about the same: me, my life, my writing, my challenges, my triumphs, etc. Even when I disappear, I come back. Sharing is the purpose, therefore, I am still here.
My travel and food blog hasn’t changed really. I’ve changed the tag line a couple of times but that’s about it. I enjoy sharing our travel and food related experiences although my backlog is a year long, because I experience way too much than I can write and edit photos.
As with life in general, our writing and blogging will change depending on many factors. I tend to go with the flow. I follow my instinct, or natural inclinations. I already HAVE TO be a working mother, so for my passion and interest, my writing is my LOVE TO DO, when it feels good. I merely need to trust that I love it enough, that I am passionate about it enough, to do it regularly without the strict schedule.
Obviously, my strategy will not work for those whose blogging or writing is the main source of income. I guess, I am lucky enough to be good at something else, which does not only take care of necessities and luxuries but also of my writing; financially, that is.
My hope is that I remain with the financial means to take care of me, my life and my writing AND the love and passion for writing. I sure hope to be around here with you all—bloggers and writers—for a very long time.
Are you a blogger or a writer or both? Why do you blog/write?