My friend Sheri Larson tagged a blogpost that I know caused some controversy over the summer, but hadn't read until recently. Basically, the post suggests that blogging about writing will only exclude, bore, or deflect potential followers.
Now, I’m part of a community of blogging writers that continues to grow every single day and so far, in all my internet travels, I have yet to meet a writer who blogs ONLY about writing in the technical sense. Being a writer in general can open you up to so much more about the world than just the intricacies of the written language.
Sure, writing might be a major theme in most of the blogs I read- but that doesn’t stop them from relating it to film, culture, social media, books, clothes, cleaning, cooking, housekeeping, travelling, or child-rearing! But off-the-beaten-path posts are also frequent, often well thought-out, and welcome!
You see, what I think the original poster forgets is that writers, as a group, are chuck full of imagination. They can write an informative post that contains philosophy, techniques, or deconstruction of writing without it feeling like a post about writing at all.
I, for one never get sick of reading ‘writing posts’-given in new and inventive ways that never cease to teach me or give me new perspective. And I will always stay true to what this blog is about.
What are your opinions? Do you think writers who blog about writing are doing themselves a disservice?