It’s day two of the A-to-Z Blogging challenge, and I am already Be-hind. This was a spur of the moment thing for me, so I don’t have any posts stockpiled on the scheduler, the way some people might. (I have a Sunday coming up, so I hope to change that, soon.)
So, today, the best I can do on short notice is a post on the Benefits of the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge, and of Blogging and the internet in general.
I’m an impulsive little creature. I try new things at the drop of a hat, and without much more justification than “why not?” But I work best from habit. I’m on a thousand word a day writing routine, and when I fall out of my routine, it takes time for me to get back to it. And starting a new habit…
Well, that’s really tough.
The A-to-Z Blogging Challenge is a solid start to the habit I want to start. It gives me some kind of accountability, and a nice external motivation for blogging regularly. Up until now, my blogging has been a little sporadic. I hope that the challenge will set my feet firmly on the path to glory.
The next benefit to blogging and the internet is that it gives me a chance to meet people I wouldn’t typically run into in my small town. The Challenge is a good chance to meet other writers, and better than that, it’s a chance to meet novelists. Other novelists in my genres.
The other benefit that’s almost always in the back of my mind is stirring up some readership for my blog. The A-to-Z challenge is great for that, at least in part because it doesn’t limit itself to fiction writers. (Hello, Readers!) So there’s a lot of nice, cross-arts interaction. I’ve been seeing a lot of great arts and crafts, and even cooking blogs. All these great people are expanding my horizons.
Robert T Gasperson