Well, I suppose that’s not exactly the question, or I wouldn’t writing this. I suppose my real question has been not if to blog, but how long and how often. And is there anyone out there? Is there any point?
I’m still quite new to the whole blogging, Facebook, forums and social networking world, and at times it has felt a bit overwhelming. As in, what happens to my actual writing?
But the thing I’ve realised is that when something is new it takes far more time than when you grow fluent. Take writing, for a start. It used to be agony. Long, drawn-out agony. And frustrating, to boot. All that work for something that was still rubbish at the end of it! And there is time, rushing by, and there’s so much to do, so much to see, and here am I, stuck in front of the computer. Sad.
But the writing has got better. Since I’ve begun to be published, a whole lot better. And what I’ve realised is that my ease with the social networking world will grow easier too. And I enjoy it. I’ve loved stumbling across other people’s blogs and reading the exchange of ideas. Where I live, amongst the mountains and ruined castles of Wales, is beautiful and inspiring. But it does also at times feel remote.
Don’t get me wrong; I wouldn’t swap this for the world. It gives me the peace and quiet and inner stillness I need to get on with my writing. And I have the most amazing friends here, who support me and cheer me along the way. But sometimes, being surrounded by sheep (real ones, nothing metaphorical, I should add), I have a longing to dive down a rabbit hole and find myself on the London tube. Back amongst the vibrant, seamless mix of races and cultures, and the easy access to galleries and theatres.
And, okay, I go back there once or twice a year for my urban fix. But in the meantime, I now have the wonderful world of blogs at my fingertips.
Which is why I’ve just signed up to Rachael Harrie’s Third Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign. http://rachaelharrie.blogspot.com/2011/08/third-writers-platform-building.html
One of my greatest frustrations up until now has been feeling a bit adrift with all the information out there. The world is one big place. And cyberspace feels very big indeed. The idea of bringing bloggers and writers together is a brilliantly simple one. I’ve never done anything like this before, and I’m not quite sure what to expect. But I know it’s going to be good!
So here’s to the Platform-Building Campaign, and all the other blogging writers out there. I know I’m going to learn so much, and feel much happier in my blogging skin.
It’s definitely an exciting world out there!