To blog or not to blog

So you write and you’re published and you’re mingling at book launches and writers’ festivals and libraries and public lectures (can you mingle at those?) and poetry workshops and the cute guy/girl you’ve been chatting up seems genuinely interested in your work. They say that they’ll look it up, but in the meantime, can they grab your email for Facebook or maybe your website address?

‘Yeah, sure.’ You nervously smooth down the front of your top and scribble somethingsomething[at], adding ‘create blog’ to your mental list of things to do.

Later on, while skimming through a Wikipedia article on Basque people, you muse over your concept of blogging. Blog = a series of first draft entries = imperfections = horror + mortification x infinity. But if you’re serious about your writing career, you should be blogging, right? That’s what the pros are doing: Luke Devenish mantains one and labels it as ‘free advertising’; Rachel Hills uses her website as a online CV; Tom Cho posts zombie-telemarketer photos on his…

Okay, okay. You’ll create a blog. You’ll call it Wunder Pony and Friends (or something equally inane), and after five posts you’ll be an internet sensation; everyone will want to buy your book(s). But before you leap onto Blogger, you might want to check out Angela Meyer’s useful post on cultural (i.e. writing) blogs, ‘Embracing the medium: what makes a successful cultural blog’ (12/609), a ‘slightly amended version of the speech…[given] during the Emerging Writers’ Festival panel The Revolution Will Be Downloaded, May 2009′. Just read it (and read the comments as well). You’ll thank me later. 😉

Meanwhile, it’s Charlie the Unicorn time:

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