What the Hell is a Blog?
Ah, yes–the above title … that’s most likely the first time you’ve heard those words since the invention of blogs, or since the popularity of them, anyway.
Everyone you know has a blog, right? Or maybe has talked about writing one or reading one, that perfect one to capture their attention–a blog that’s funny, informative, serious, helpful, or just all around entertaining? You have a few minutes so you figure why not? Take those few minutes to read this blog.
Though the popularity of blogs has been around a long time, they’re still new to me. The blog advent may as well have started last night, because that’s how familiar I am with them. It’s not that I haven’t been told to have one. As a matter-of-fact, as a writer, I’ve been told numerous times I should be writing a blog. I’ve had everyone from my children, to other writers, professional mentors, educators, and plain ole advice givers tell me I should be writing a blog. Of course me, in my infinite wisdom of blogs, asked why. My daughter finally explained it to me in words I could understand–“because it helps make others aware of you, Mom.” Then, of course, I asked her why others would be interested in me? She patiently explained to me as if she was speaking to the children she babysits, that as a writer of novels, I want to get others to be aware of these novels and hopefully a blog would be a good way to introduce the books I’m writing to the public. Still confused, she further explained by giving me examples. I could write a blog that would tell a bit about the storyline in the novel. I could write my blog from the perspective of one of my characters. Maybe I could take a part of my novel and use it as a learning tool for others if there’s a section where I may be teaching about something. Ah, now, I finally understood. A blog was bringing people into the world of my writing and keeping them interested in my novels enough to keep reading.
Now, the second hard part … what do I write about and how do I keep it going indefinitely? I’m a writer. Yes, that’s what I do. So, you’d think it’d be easy to do this blog thingy. In reality, it’s not. It’s another idea I have to have and maintain. The idea that I could write this blog to be fascinating enough for others to read and then get it into the eye-sights of many others and have it circulate would be yet another challenge. It’s not like I’m a well-known author. As we all know, most of us aren’t interested in reading about writer, Linda Burson. (Actually, as of this coming October, I will be an Author. Yes, there is a difference. A writer is one who writes in a variety of ways, but an author is someone who is published.) Yep, that’s right folks–I will be considered an author as I will have my first book from my first series published and available for eBooks and paperback purchase, (although I believe the eBook comes first). Anyhow, I digress … as I was saying, are people interested in reading about what Linda Burson, author, has to say when you can read interesting tidbits about a famous actor like George Clooney, or one of your favorite well-known authors, such as Stephen King, or Jodi Piccoult? Hell, no one has heard of George Clooney’s new wife, Amaldi something or other (I don’t even know her name) but attach it to George, and people are interested. Even she could sell more books than me, talent of writing not withstanding.
So, back to the original question of what the hell is a blog?! Are people out in the tech and social media worlds seriously interested in yet another blog? I suppose it’s possible, and those words are my mantra. These three simple words have been known to change a life a time or two, specifically mine … “anything is possible.” Now that my book is scheduled to be published this October 2015, my anything is possible mantra has just been proven.
I’ve had a few people ask me if it was hard to get a book published. They said they heard it was a lot of work. I couldn’t help but laugh. Hard to get a book published? Hahaha, yes, it’s hard all right. If all the work, research, studying, many hours of quiet contemplation and focus isn’t hard enough, if all the research and practice and educating yourself on how to write the perfect query letter isn’t embedded in your face from the hours of lying on samples when you fell asleep at your computer enough of a sign of how hard it is, I tell them this …
“It is easier to commit murder and get away with it, than it is to get a book published.” More so, if you’re trying to go the literary agent/top ten publishers route. Oh, harsh, you may say, but in my warped mind, true. So, if your desire is to write, and write with the idea of publishing, remember my three thoughts …
1. Anything is possible
2. I don’t recommend murdering anyone ever, even if you can get away with it– it’s just not nice (then again refer back to number one
3. Apparently, a blog is helpful if you can figure out how to incorporate one into your life.
Of this I’m not sure I’ve figured out how to do. If you do, I’m not opposed to helpful advice. Then again, if you’re reading this, maybe I didn’t do so badly after all.
Linda Burson, Writer
Author (As of October 2015)