Do you have Schizo-blog? Here’s some of the symptoms:I know that feeling. He then talks about whether a writer should be blogging. A while ago, I let this blog languish while I worked on my writing. It still hasn't recovered from that. But I thought that writing, and getting published, was more important than this little, low-traffic blog I had going here.
Please note that the common denominator of Shizo-blog is “Guilt”. Closely related to the guilt of Schizo-blog is the guilt you may be experiencing as you read this — because you probably should be writing. I haven’t found a name for that condition yet, but I suffer the symptoms as well.
- You feel guilty for blogging because you should be writing your novel
- You feel guilty for writing because you haven’t updated your blog in a week
- You feel guilty prioritizing one over the other because with some creative management, or self-discipline, you should be able to do both
Which is why this part of Mike's post caught my attention:
But there’s something else I can’t deny: Despite the demands it creates, blogging can really benefit an author. That’s the conclusion I reached in Blogs and Brands. A writer’s books support his blog, not vice-versa. Your blog does more to further your “brand” than your novels do. Of course, this shouldn’t diminish the necessity of a good book, but heighten the importance of a good blog.I actually hope that's not really true. I'd prefer for my books to define my brand, not my blog. But it's hard to deny that readers connect more personally with a blogger than with a writer. And that personal connection can be parlayed into getting people to buy your books.