3 Really Bad Reasons Why Authors Shouldn’t Blog

I was reading a newsletter from an organization that will remain unnamed. One of the links in said newsletter was to an article that listed reasons why an author shouldn’t blog.

Well, I was fairly amazed at this contention, especially considering the big old emphasis placed on content marketing and branding in this day and age.

So, here are a few of the really dumb reasons given why an author shouldn’t blog. I’ll respond to each point and let you decide how you feel about them.

1. You lose too much precious book writing time.

How interesting. As if the only thing an author does is write their books—24/7. In point of fact, authors must shoulder the task of marketing their work and establishing their online brand. In fact, publishers generally won’t lift a finger do that much for authors in the marketing department, unless you happen to be a big celebrity or whatever gets you a six-figure advance. This, I assure you, doesn’t represent the typical author.

And, even if you are a big-shot type with great promo from your publisher, they are still much happier if you set the stage for them by getting “out there”, so people are aware of your presence before you publish.

And if, like me, you’re an indie author, well … if you don’t do the marketing, who the hell will?

2. Blogging doesn’t sell books.

Well, no—blogging doesn’t sell books. That’s not the point. What blogging does is help establish your voice or presence on the Internet. And, if done well, it can actually provide a service or advice to those who read your blog. Or it can be an informational source on a subject of great interest that you’d like to share with like-minded folks.

Now is that such a bad thing for an author to do? Did it not occur to the blog-basher that maybe blogging might create content that could be parlayed into a book of some sort? Guess not, huh? 🙂

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3. Blogging encourages the wrong kind of writing.

Excuse me, but …

I had no idea there was a wrong kind of writing.

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7 Responses to 3 Really Bad Reasons Why Authors Shouldn’t Blog

  1. Nadine says:

    Great post! That book looks like an awesome resource, published via Writer’s Digest no less! Very exciting, and thanks so much for sharing it. I have a blogging friend who might benefit from it, so I will share this with her. (Next thing I have to figure out on WP is if/how to tag a fellow WP blogger in a comment. Any tips on that? ;)).

    I’ve been casually researching this topic for years, remained analysis-paralyzed for years (out of fear of “being wrong” or “writing wrong,” mostly), and finally forced myself to start blogging, i.e. “feel the fear and do it anyway.” I’ve learned so much from publishing online, and the best part (on any platform I’ve tried) is the community.

    I feel the same as you, that ultimately there is no “wrong” kind of writing, and the great thing about blogging is the possibility of getting immediate feedback, which helps us improve and/or feel encouraged. Thanks again, Debbi!

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  2. Debbi says:

    Thanks so much, Nadine! Yes, it is a good book. But, as you said, ultimately you have to just start. 🙂

    I know that’s what I did. Half the time, I just try shit, see where it goes, etc.

    Sorry it’s taken me a while to reply to your kind comments, but I just got back from a week’s vacay (and offline, at that!) and am just now seeing them.

    Also, hopefully I’m making sense. Am quite jet-lagged. 🙂

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