Because writers should be writing.
And because in many cases, blogging isn’t writing.
Instead blogging is often:
- Curating content
- Posting pictures
- Reviewing books
- Sharing tips
- Recording notes
- Testing ideas
- Connecting with people
- Learning new things
All of these are writerly things to do, for good reason, and I enjoy them all. My Friday Five have helped me keep track of great posts without making my long list of browser bookmarks even longer. I love to read and support other writers by sharing what I’m reading. I love connecting with people, and would be glad for even more comments to respond to.
But these things are not exactly writing. Curating other people’s content is not the same as creating my own. Connecting with readers about something I’ve already written is not the same as writing something fresh. And to the extent that blogging really is writing, it’s not the kind of sustained writing that I’m looking for at this point.
And so I plan to take my own advice and stop blogging quite so much in favour of writing more. Not that the three times a week I’ve been blogging is “so much” but for me and for now it seems like too much especially with full-time ministry and my bent toward slow blogging anyway.
For now, once or twice a week will be a better rhythm for me. So I plan to continue my weekly posts on Monday, with the occasional Writer Wednesday or Friday Five or other random post. I’ll continue to share these on social media as usual, or to make sure you don’t miss anything, please subscribe.
So this is it on my blog this week, and instead I can say on Twitter #amwriting. Thanks to L.L. Barkat It’s Time for (Many) Experienced Writers to Stop Blogging and Jeff Goins Why You Need to Stop Blogging & Regain Your Writing Soul. See you on Monday!
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