As if turning thirty didn’t generate enough excitement in my life, this very blog celebrates its one year anniversary this week. In that year I’ve made a little over 150 posts, and accrued somewhere in the region of 7000 views. Not bad.
So one year on, do I think its a good idea for fiction writers to keep a blog? Categorically yes. Just the act of keeping the blog provides a continual focus on the writing, and pulls me back to it regardless of what else is going on in my life. Recording the ups and downs of my writing projects has helped me spot where I’ve been repeating the same mistakes. And collecting the various ideas for projects as they emerge has helped me narrow down what it is I really want to write.
Could I have done that as a private journal? Maybe. Would I have? Probably not. I think if I had I would now be looking at an abandoned notebook with a handful of dismal entries serving no purpose. And I can guarantee it would never have been as much fun as keeping this blog is, and hopefully will continue to be.