I just started my own blog the other day, BOOKWORDS (do drop by and say hello!), and although I have contributed to this blog and also written a few guest blogs, this is much more scary and intimidating.
It feels like being the new girl at school on your first day, except that no one has told you what to wear, where to go and what you should be doing. And you KNOW that no one is going to talk to you!
Those of you who are experienced bloggers will probably think all this is obvious but to a novice like me it was a real journey of discovery and it turned out to be easier than I had expected.
I realised I needed a name for the blog and that was the first hurdle because there are so many blogs out there to do with writing,writers and books. So most of the obvious names were gone already. I decided to call it BOOKWORDS but the url is actually writingthebookwords from the now infamous quote by a certain celebrity. If you don't know I'm not telling!
Before I knew it - there it was all ready to go, but aargh! my brain completely wimped out and I could think of nothing to write. I don't know about you but I tend to have great ideas when I am in the shower but by the time I have thought them out in detail in my head, got myself to a pen and paper they vanish like water on parched desert sands.
That didn't last long and a bit like diving into a swimming pool, once I started I discovered the water was not as chilly as I had thought.
The trick will be not to spend too much precious writing time on it.
And there's the rub.
Being a published writer these days it is almost compulsory to be prepared to put a bit of effort into publicity and social networking. One writer I know said she had just had conversations with her publisher about her not being on twitter or having a blog.
So apparently publishers are now actively asking authors if they are blogging, and a website is definitely becoming a requirement - that's not to say your publisher will provide one.
But how much are we in control of our public or private face? Okay I know I've said something about this before - see my post about privacy and social networking - but the thought remains. In 20 years time will the children who are being born today be told that far too much social networking is bad for them? Will there be campaigns (similar to those which help people stop smoking ) to help people to communicate verbally face to face?
All this blogging and twittering etc etc takes time, and is that writing time and energy. All the time that aspiring writers spend reading blogs about writing, wouldn't some of it be better spent actually writing? Now there's a thought.
Don't get me wrong - here I am blogging and starting a new blog so I am not against it - far from it,
I'm enjoying it and I love reading other blogs.
Linda's website is www.lindastrachan.com
Her blog is BOOKWORDS