If you walk away with one thing today, let it be this message, shared by Michelle Davidson Argyle from her publishers at Rhemalda:
Your writing is not going to fail or succeed because of your blog.
I've been involved in online communities since before forums and message boards, let alone blogs, Facebook, or twitter. Since before AIM, ICQ, or even IRC. I started interacting with others on bulletin boards. I had a 300/1200 baud external modem that I used to dial in to BBS's that were mostly run out of guys' houses. This wasn't internet. This wasn't on-line. This was me downloading message content and running applications on a computer in a guy's house, and he was downloading messages and content from a bigger computer in someone else's house. I met some really great people, made come good connections, learned some things, developed some interests. The next step, once I got internet e-mail (still pre- most of those other things I mentioned) was e-mail list serves. I met more people, developed some more interests.
This is the background I bring to social media. I used it to make a few friends, exchange ideas, engage in sometimes witty banter, and create opportunities. At least one internship and my entire masters thesis research project are direct results of my use of these tools.
While I know that in the modern world, an active blog and Twitter presence may help my cause in advancing my professional presence, I don't blog to make myself a successful writer in any way.
Then why do I blog?
One look at the comments on yesterday's blog post shows one main reason. I threw up a post about a personal reflection, and several of you chimed in with your own thoughts on the topic. I love that. It's the main reason I blog. Your comments. The exchange of ideas. The interaction. That's my the my thing.
Another reason I blog and Twitter is this sequence:
I read Misha Gerricke's post on South African braai food.
And then this takes place on Twitter:
Read this if you're hungry or prepared to be! @MishaMFB TCoML: South African food, Part 1 http://bit.ly/qYGvXe
My country's food.RT @cnnevets Read this if you're hungry or prepared to be! @MishaMFB TCoML: South African food, Part 1 bit.ly/qYGvXe
@JakeHenegan @cnnevets Another South African. Hello! ;-)
about 10 hours ago via web in reply to JakeHenegan
@MishaMFB @cnnevets Another South African that writes fantasy. *follows*
about 5 hours ago via web in reply to MishaMFB
Voila. Networking. I love this stuff.
That's it. I just wanted to share my silly excitement. No real moral. If you want a moral, go back up to the top and re-read the tip I opened with. But for me the tip is incidental.