Do you think blogging hurts or helps your writing?

For me, the answer is both.

Do you see an end to blogging in your future?

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I started my blog to practice and hone my skills. It had been years since I’d attempted to write anything other than professional documents and after reaching a point in my life where I had the time to indulge myself, I wanted to write for fun.

My blog evolved and changed as I met other writers/bloggers.

Has your blog changed since you began? Do you write more or less?

Thanks to many wonderful writers sharing their knowledge and skills, I began to gain some confidence. And I wanted to retain as much as possible.  began blogging about what this enormous community taught me. I must confess, blogging and linking back to y’all is my way of not only saying thanks but also preserving the information for myself.

In order to preserve this bounty of information, I began blogging about what this enormous community taught me.  So yes, blogging has taught me a lot about writing. However, the more time I dedicate to blogging the less time I dedicate to actually writing. That’s the hurting side of this two-edged sword.

Finding a balance is hard.

Life takes over and also makes its own demands on our time. 

Will there come a time when my blogging will reach an end? Probably. 


What about you? Do you see a change coming? Is your blogging days numbered?

Read the article below on today’s Speak Out Blog over at WOW by Sheila Good, and tell me what you see for the future.

Talk to me, the lights on and comments are now open.

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Friday Speak Out!: Is It Time to Stop Blogging?

by Sheila Good



24 thoughts on “Do you think blogging hurts or helps your writing?

  1. Reblogged this on newauthoronline and commented:
    A question which exercises my mind from time to time. As a poet, most of the posts on this site are poems, therefore I dont see a conflict between the energy I employ blogging and that utilised writing. On occasions I feel that more posts on matters other than my poems should appear here, however where I to spend time penning non-poetic pieces my poetry would, I believe suffer, consequently I will continue to post primarily poetry here. Kevin

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  2. Jean, bloggers like you are an inspiration to bloggers like me, who started out “just blogging” but have turned the blog into a means to and end (to some degree). You offer great advice, especially to me, who is embarking on self-publishing. My writing skills have astronomically improved over the last (almost) two years as a blogger. I had thought about abandoning the blog because I felt I had run out of stories to tell, but there is always something. I have three e-books in the works and I am excited! I love my fellow bloggers and consider many of them besties (and have managed to mean a few in person as well as attend a bloggers’ conference. Even posting 1-2 days a week is still legit if daily becomes too much! Hope you stick around a while 🙂

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  3. I started much like you, Jean. My writing was stiff and my vocabulary was atrocious. The vocabulary still needs so much work but some of the stiffness has ebbed anyway. As an introvert, blogging has allowed me a communication that’s easy for me to deal with so I hope to keep up this venue of writing for a while. However, because all things do change whether we want it or not, I’m sure my reasons will sway to the direction I need as I continue to hone my writing skills.

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  4. Blogging has taught me so much, especially the art of time management. Quite apart from all the friends I have made, the quality of my writing has improved, thanks to all the advice out there…

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  5. Blogging does seem to take a up a lot of my time, but it also seems to have become part of my life that I can’t quite let go. I am going to have to refocus as I have 3 books in progress, and I have done nothing on them in the last 6 months. But I can’t give up my blogging friends. So, I keep blogging away, probably just not as much as I should, but probably more than I should – if I want to get anything else done.

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  6. I’m feeling a bit guilty that I haven’t been very active on my own blog or anyone else’s this month. The April A-Z Blogging Challenge left me a littl blogged out, and also I’ve been spending time this month putting the (hopefully) final touches to the new novel. So I’m finding it difficult to balance blogging and writing.

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