This is the part where everyone shouts enthusiastically, “Hi, Maria!”
By now, you’ve figured out that I’m not Mel. Since she’s “hijacked” my blog a few times, I thought it was finally time to return the *favor*.
Lately, there’s been a lot of blog buzz. They’re the new addiction. There’s even blogs about blogs. Everyone, it seems, has a blog, or participates in a group blog, or spends their coffee break reading blogs. Some of us even have multiple blogs. Technically, I have 4. My own, this one (since I’m a contributer) and two group blogs. Most of us will agree that blogging can be fun. But there are some out there who believe that it’s a big waste of time. That blogging is a “problem”. That it takes away from your writing/or your work. Or worse, that people are so clueless they will believe anything they read in a blog or on the internet.
And then there are those who believe blogging is obsessive. Like drugs or booze, you just won’t know when to quit. But how many people do you know who have lost their jobs because they were too busy blogging? Or gotten a divorce because they were blogging when they should have been paying attention to their spouse? As ridiculous as those examples might seem, they really aren’t. Isn’ t the practical definition of an obsession that it interferes with your “real” life?
As a writer, and as someone who reads a lot of blogs written by other writers, blogging is just one of the ways that I keep abreast of what’s going on in the business. It’s a fantastic marketing tool. I learn who’s selling, who’s writing what, what people think of books, agents, publishers, contests, and so on. And then, there’s the fun side to blogging. I love hearing what my friends are up to, what their pets are up to, and yes, sometimes, even how many loads of laundry they’ve done in a day. Hey. If I wasn’t interested, then I wouldn’t be reading it. And as far as advice blogs go, I’m an adult. I have a brain. And I use it. Like any other source of information, you take what you hear, process it, and figure out whether it’s valid or not.
So to those people who just don’t get the blogging craze, I say fine. No one is forcing anyone to have a blog. It’s not me with the problem. You know?