Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

A Writer’s Quandary

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Lately I’ve been reading a lot of blogs on the pros and cons of blogging. To be honest, I’ve become totally confused by arguments for and against blogging.  When I had my first short story published, one of the questions I was asked by the editor was “Do you have an internet presence, a website or a blog?”  I immediately felt the dreaded platform pressure.

As I find myself spending more time writing my posts than I am my WIP, studying my books on writing and reading for pleasure, I realize I need to cut back on my posts, perhaps to twice a week.  But the truth is I’ve really enjoyed writing a daily post almost to the point where I feel addicted to posting.  I know that people may not be reading it, but for now, I’m writing it for myself.  Having a blog is making me write everyday which is a good thing, but to what expense?

Some say, for new writers, writing and pursuing self-publishing is a better return on your investment than blogging.  What do you do if you want to do it all?  I’ve discovered I can’t do it all.  I have a full-time job and a life.  Some days I feel I’m putting the cart before the horse by having a blog, but not a published book.

Does anyone else feel befuddled on this issue?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

5 thoughts on “A Writer’s Quandary

  1. I feel your pain! I agree–blogging is a great way to stretch those writing muscles, WHEN you’re not deeply involved in writing/editing your novel. I think when you get deep into that, you often have to cut back. I went up to 3 posts a week, once my book was edited enough to go out on submission. But now, I’ve started writing another book, so I had to cut back to 2 posts.

    I think it’s an individual decision. One person I talked to said that, despite posting more frequently, the blog hit number stayed about the same. It’s kinda like dairy farmers milking 3 versus 2 times per day. Sometimes more is just MORE…and it’s more work for you.

    Sounds like you’re in the place where you’re enjoying blogging. I say, run with it! There might come a time when you’re burnt-out on it, then you can pull back if needed. The key thing is building up your core group of readers, so I think blogging is necessary when you’re a pre-published author. The agents/editors can quickly find out more about you by perusing your blog and seeing how you interact w/people.

    Just my two cents’!

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    • Your “two cents” is worth so much more, Heather! Thank you so much. I completely agree with your thoughts on cutting back when writing/editing my novel. There’s no doubt I’ll have to cut back when I begin NaNoWriMo.

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    • I don’t have an opinion on this yes, as I’m really just starting out as a writer, but I think this makes a lot of sense! Right now I’m working on building readers and immersing myself in wordpress, but once I get past the planning process and start doing some serious writing I will probably have to cut back on my blog posts. It’s interesting that you found your views didn’t change that much when you were posting more – that’s probably true once you get into the swing of it.

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  2. I have a more market-centered view of life, I guess. I view a book as a product just like any other product. And eventually, if you get a book published by a traditional publisher or you go the route of self-publishing which seems to be the wave of the future, you need a market for that book. I think I look at a blog not so much as a publication for a writer, but a networking platform that you control. That is important because Twitter and Facebook are great networking tools, but you always want a destination you control. Your website is that place.

    Just as writing is part of the job of creating a book, I think a blog is part of the job of creating a market or community around the author. So I guess i would agree with Heather that such efforts are necessary. Hard to say what is the right balance between posting and working on your book and then tending to the other aspects of your life. Only you know what that balance is for you, but don’t think building a community around you writing is not important.

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