In a recent Memoir Writing Workshop at Politics & Prose Bookstore, we discussed whether or not the students should blog. Why do you blog? Or, why don’t you blog?
The most important reason to blog is to keep your writing-self honest. That is to say, you will have a reason to write on a deadline regularly. With a clear blog-focus, you can explore a subject and slowly work towards a larger project (a project that takes a different form and builds on what you start on the blog.) You will also have the chance to see your work published and communicate with readers. This will help you to participate in a virtual (which in 2012, also means real) community.
If you are interested in eventually publishing, a blog is an important part of your writer’s platform. When you submit your book proposal to an agent or publisher, you’ll need to address how you will market the publication to potential readers. If you already have regular readers, then you will be further along. If you submit article or essay proposals to anthologies or publications, the blog is a great way to showcase your writing skills and link from your cover letter to previously published work elsewhere. In the end, you'll have a collection of your writing history in one place.
For more, I’ve written about why I blog, quick tips for blogging, and a summary of things learned after attending a blogging workshop.