Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Benefits of Reading Blogs

I used to think I didn't have the time to read blogs. 

I thought:
  •  I would get distracted spending too much time reading instead of writing. 
  •  It would be shallow to subscribe or like/comment on blogs for the  purpose  of getting my name out there to build my own platform.
  •  I would inadvertently copy someone else's thoughts or get stuck with "why  didn't I think of  that?
Then I realized the value. 

Variety breaks up monotony. Subscribe to blogs that spark your interest, even if it's not in your genre. I have chosen no more than 5 since I need to limit my reading time. As I've taken the time to read, it's helped me grow as a writer. A cooking blog showing a picture of a tasty, winter soup makes you remember Sunday dinner at grandma's, adding the next chapter to your book.

Perspective can get stale. It's easy to get locked into one way of thinking about things. Let the perspective of others help you grow but don't lose your voice in the process. I am thankful for the black-and-white thinkers out there who keep me focused on my goals. But I'm also thankful for the writers who think there is more than one way to reach a goal. 

Community is good for us. We're wired for it. Some of us need interaction more than others, but even if you prefer less, you still need it! The exchange of ideas and support keeps us going. But don't forget to give it, too. This is how relationships are built. Be thoughtful about your comments on blogs. Don't just comment or "like" just to get noticed. 

Do you read blogs? What kind? Please share how it has helped your writing in the comment section below.

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  After raising and homeschooling her 8 children and teaching art classes for 10 years, Kathy has found time to pursue freelance writing. She enjoys writing magazine articles and more recently had her story, "One of a Kind", published in The Kids' ArkYou can find her passion to bring encouragement and hope to people of all ages at When It Hurts


Debbie A Byrne said...

I read a variety of blogs when I can. Some are about writing and some are about other subjects. I am always looking for helpful information. learn about books, that I sometimes buy. Sometimes I learn about conferences and classes. I do agree that it's a good idea to read blogs, but it's hard to keep up with them. Thanks for the post!

Mary Jo Guglielmo said...

I agree that as a blogger it is important to read other blogs. A new blog I just discovered that I'm enjoying is

Check it out!

Karen Cioffi said...

Kathleen, 3 great points on why it's important to read other blogs. And, when you write a post about what you read or incorporate the information in a blog post, you're broadening the reader experience. All win-win. :)

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