Should I Blog or Not?
As a new writer building a platform, or a new author trying to reach a wide audience, how essential is blogging? And I'm not talking about guest blog posts here and there.
This question has been on my mind for a long time. Actually, it was more like, To Blog or Not To Blog? (Hey, I'm allowed to use cliches in my mind!)
Well, ideally, the answer is yes, I would love to have the time and energy and wisdom to share smart, useful, funny stories or practical tips, advice, experiences about writing, life and the world in general with whoever would like to listen to me on a daily or weekly basis. The truth is, I don't always have all these things lined up for me and so I've steered away from blogging for a long time. Why start something I can't trully commit to? Plus, I am a huge introvert and I tend to keep things to myself.
The other thing was, even though I'm a writer, writing a blog post has always felt somewhat intimidating as opposed to writing fiction. For kids. It's more like bare-your- soul type of thing and not hide-behind-your-characters thing. Again, the introvert nature I mentioned above. Even this confession feels uncomfortable. But! Lately, I've been slowly but surely parting ways with a lot of "comfort" in the name of living greater experiences.
Some examples--and I realize I digress--in the last couple of weeks, I've summoned the courage for a bunch of firsts: I jumped off a cliff into a cenote in Mexico, snorkeled in a dark cave, rock climbed down a cave wall into the water and tried FIVE long ziplines through the jungle. I might post picture at some point... Anyone who knows me would see how BIG this is for me.
Anyway. This was about blogging. So what happened with my contemplating the idea?
No. I would not get on board. There was no way I could blog. Nope. Then, I accidently set up a blog page on my new website while creating the "About" page and somehow, I refrained from deleting it. In a writerly habit, I asked myself, What If? What if I do decide to blog? (very unlikely!) What if, once in a while, I feel the need to share an experience (people might judge!), or I come up with some wise advice (what? it's possible) or I'm just plain bored (almost impossible!) and I self-entertain by typing random musings (risky!) and release them into cyberspace? All valid questions, right?
So here we are, my very first blog post out of my own very first blog EVER! Hooray!
In the spirit of progress, and because I'm all about learning, stretching my mind and, at this stage of my life, conquering new challenges without over thinking, I'm glad I took this step. Now if I only click "Post" anytime soon... (Ugh. After proofreading for the 57th time I still kept finding typos. Seriously?! Where's my editor for this thing?)
How about you? What have you done lately outside of your comfort zone? Please share in the comments.
1/6/2017 01:27:27 pm
Rosie - I love your ideas of asking "what if" and of stepping out of your comfort zone. I look forward to reading your post as I also make my way in this writing journey!
1/8/2017 09:10:35 am
Thank you, Melissa. It's so great to have each other's support!
1/8/2017 09:12:24 am
You can do it, Shirin! Go for it!
1/7/2017 09:53:55 am
Hey Rosie :) I love your first blog post! Being vulnerable isn't easy, especially for introverts. I struggle with the same thing...to blog or not to blog. At this point, I don't think I have time. Maybe some day. But I think I would do it sporadically, so I wouldn't have to be committed to once (or more) a week...just whenever I had something important (or entertaining) to say. Anyway, good luck with this! I really enjoyed reading it!
1/8/2017 09:21:03 am
Thank you so much, Shelley! I appreciate your support. That's exactly what I was thinking, just leave the door open for posts and have the option to share something whenever I feel the need. Good thing there's no blogging law or prosecution for sporadic posts lol.
Dear Rosie, Congratulations on taking the plunge and your first post. I think it is great to give yourself that choice once in a while, to share your thoughts on a blog. It is another way to connect to people who might benefit from your experience and your strength. Look forward to reading more.
1/8/2017 09:27:55 am
Aw, thank you, Annina! It IS a great way to connect with people and I do hope my posts will be helpful and inspiring to them. It's been a long journey for me and there's a lot to talk about :)
2/18/2017 03:58:24 pm
Rosie! Congrats on your picture book coming out. I can't wait to get it. I haven't done anything lately out of my comfort zone but I am seriously contemplating starting a podcast about nurses who are entrepreneurs. I'm a nurse, wanna be entrepreneur, and a wanna be published children's book writer...lol. So i'm looking forward to the journey. Good luck on yours!
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About Rosie J. Pova
Rosie J. Pova is a multi-published, award-winning children's author and kid lit Writing Coach. She's the creator of Picture Book Mastery System™ that is proven to help emerging children's writers advance their career and get closer to their publishing goals.
Rosie's latest picture book, Sunday Rain, was featured in The New York Times and recommended by Parents magazine. Her upcoming picture book, The School of Failure: A Story About Success will be released in the spring of 2022 in both China and the USA.
Rosie also loves to visit schools and her interactive workshops empower students to unleash their creativity and grow in confidence through reading, writing, and creating. Teachers and librarians love Rosie for her bubbly, upbeat personality which captures students' attention, encourages them to think creatively, and motivates them to pursue big dreams.
She has been featured on TV, radio, podcasts, and print media, and also speaks on women's and moms’ topics, sharing her journey from a Bulgarian immigrant to a published author.
Find out more about Rosie's online courses, mentorships, and her work by visiting her website: RosieJPova.com
Check out her Critique Services here, her Workshops here, and her school visits page here.
Rosie is represented by Jennifer Herrington of Harvey Klinger Literary.