I am sitting here, trying hard to think of something to write about. It’s been another busy day and maybe I just need to sit back, relax and come back a little later. However, my writing schedule is packed into a fairly hectic family life, and so here I am. But do I need to blog? Could I not just continue to work on my novel.
The answer, I think, is both and neither. Yes, I need to work on my novel, but to do that I need to be in a certain frame of mind, and so a good old-fashioned – if something like blogging could possibly have gained the status of being old-fashioned – blog post is just what the doctor ordered.
This then got me thinking about blogging, and the role it plays in the grand scheme of things.
I enjoy blogging, whether I am just purging my mind… much like at this very moment, or if I have something useful and or (hopefully) interesting to say. However, what role does it play in my writing.
I cannot say for certain, but I do not think I have sold any books from my blog and have only seen a couple of links through to Amazon where it is sold. However, the numbers are probably a little higher than that.
As writers, building a platform is key, it was one of the first things I remember reading about when I entered the world of blogging. Now, I don’t know how one gauges the size of a platform, nor the position of it. I would hate to have built mine facing the wrong direction.
A blog is a great place to start, a strong foundation which you can then build upon. That is how I see it at least. I have been going just over a year now, and have seen my stats increase every month. I have hit a sort of steady pace this year, and while the figures are not astronomical, they are consistent.
However, I have noticed that there is a big difference in my number of daily visitors on days when I post, compared to days when I don’t. I don’t mean a handful, but many multiples of ten. This fact sticks in my mind, and as a result, I feel that I am pressuring myself to write a post every day in order to keep my stats up.
I am not saying that this is detracting from my writing, but it does eat into my time to a certain extent, but I am more in a quandary over how much I should be pressuring myself to blog.
Is it necessary to post every day just for the sake of keeping stats high, or should I just blog about something when I have something specific to say?
What do you think? Are you sick of my random ramblings and wish I would keep my trap shut until I have something to say. Kind of like an If you can’t say anything nice kind of deal. Or do I entertain you enough with my random musings and brain farts to keep you coming back for more?