#IWSG Wednesday #11

Welcome to Insecure Writer’s Support Group day, which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. The purpose is to share and encourage, express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak, as well as offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Make sure to check out other writers’ posts here.

My insecurity this month is actually this site, or maybe even more precisely something most writers love to hate: the author platform. For the last few months I have felt like I have lost my spark/passion for blogging and I feel lost as to how all this relates to my writing career.

First of all, I consider blogging a pivotal part of my writing practice. There is no doubt about that. Writing here and other places has improved my craft.

The problem for me is: Why make all this public? What is the point? Does it serve my long-term plan? Does it have to? Does it reflect my message? Does it have to?

At this point I feel ambivalent. I’m working on my novel and I keep feeling the urge to write here and participate in the online writing community. Maybe I don’t need to have all the answers right now and just keep going.

I’d love to hear from you. Do you have a direction for your writing career? Have you figured out your site and established a platform? Does it matter to you?

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15 thoughts on “#IWSG Wednesday #11”

  1. It’s different for every person, but I see my blog as my personal business card online. Want to meet me? This is where you do it–and I promise to be entertaining and mildly funny. What is your business card platform?

  2. Ula, I hear you on this. I love to write but sometimes that whole umbrella of other stuff feels like a bit too much. I’m starting to feel like maybe I’m approaching it the wrong way, thinking of it as a “platform” as opposed to, well, a support group or better still a group of likeminded people. Truth be told, I got a lot more done last month because I was so pressured and it felt better to have other people “around” not physically but in some sense.
    I feel like maybe I need people, not to help me publicize my work (because I’ve decided that I want to give my works more time in editing before I release the hordes) but to help me stay in an atmosphere of creativity. Does that make any sense? That’s what I miss most from isolating myself, which I realize I was doing – and it comes so naturally to me.
    Thanks for your positivity. Peace!

  3. I think every writer needs a website as your base point, but whether you blog depends on if people are coming to your blog as a platform. Some people are really great at blogs and get steady traffic. I’ve never had that, so it’s been more of a practice to write regularly and connect with the writing community.

    As I transition to connecting with readers (debut book this year!), I’m creating a new website off of Blogger that will have more features. The blog is not the main feature, though I’ll use it to do occasional updates as it’s my home base that I can control. I tend to do more writing connections on twitter and Facebook groups, and I’m developing reader and book blogger connections on Instagram.

    Here’s my May IWSG post: It’s (not a) Shame about Rey

  4. Perhaps I’m lucky, because I don’t intend to pursue writing as a career, and therefore I blog for the simple joy of rambling in a me-controlled public forum. 🙂 I had never even heard of a platform with regards to authors until a couple of years ago. Here, I thought they were just tall shoes. *shrug*

    Sometimes it’s tough when you feel obligated to produce for the web. Other times, it’s fun. I hope you have more fun than toughness!

  5. It’s so easy to burn out online for sure!!! I was definitely in a place of not being sure if I even wanted to blog a year or so ago but this year I have a) started blogging for me and nobody else (like, I LOVE TO TALK WITH PPL OMG but first and foremost I write posts I want to read) and b) through writing for me I’ve rediscovered how much I love the online community and blogging and (honestly) fiddling with code and getting nerdy on my site. So yeah, that’s my thoughts.

    I think definitely take a break or gear back if you’re not feeling it. Or maybe change it up. I started only blogging about writing and I realised that wasn’t the only thing in my life so it helped to talk about other things.

    Now I totally use blogging as a way to gear up for writing. Sometimes I’ll sit and write a post and then feel sparky enough to get down to rewrites 🙂

  6. At the moment, I’m approaching blogging as mostly a fun activity that could (maybe) pay off in the long run.

    But I can’t put in the same amount of time into blogging as I used to. It’s either writing or blogging, and blogging must always take the back seat for me. 🙂

  7. It’s really interesting to read people’s comments about why they started their blog and what they see its relationship to their other writing. I started my blog long before I ever tried to write something more *serious*, like a novel. It’s always just been a fun, creative outlet, which I thoroughly enjoy, completely unrelated to any sort of writing career. Your post is making me ponder how the two relate and if I need to think about my blogging differently, perhaps as a platform for my writing and not as something separate from it. Great food for thought!

  8. The term “author platform” makes me want to go running for the hills. It is too daunting. I regularly wonder why anyone would want to know what I think about anything. I like what Crystal said about your blog being your online business card. I think I might rethink my online presence to reflect that idea.

  9. God, I’m still trying to figure it out myself.

    I originally created a blog because I was informed I MUST have an author platform, so I treated it more as an obligation than an opportunity. I’m happy to say I blog because I really enjoy it now, but I have NO idea how to create an author platform when I’m struggling with the whole life of an Indie writer. But hey, if you figure out the golden rule/secret, let me know, will ya?

  10. I too, created my blog because it’s expected if you want to be seriously considered. I never looked at blogs prior to that. It’s had its benefits but I’m not completely convinced it’s somewhere that readers gravitate to, I find it’s more for networking with other writers.
    I like Crystal’s ‘online business card’ analogy.

  11. I was a blogger before I even thought about writing… and the idea of publishing anything had never even entered my mind.
    I love connecting with the online community via blogging…it’s a great way to network, for moral support and also to have fun!
    Writer In Transit

  12. I’m with you, Ula. I’m rethinking the whole blogging thing at the moment (to be precise cutting it all back). Your post is helpful and timely.

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