It’s so easy to get lost on the internet. Trust me, I know. I click on to look up the average lifespan of a toad and I get stuck on Wikipedia for an hour, and then I find myself clicking through the internet for absolutely no reason while my story sits in a lonely corner, waiting for me to return and give it some attention. Research is often one of the most fun parts of writing, but it can be a time-suck, especially if you let it get out of control.
Blogging can be a crapshoot, to say the least. It’s a lot of hit or miss, so it’s imperative to figure out just what you want to blog about and how to gain followers and readers. Especially when it comes to certain subjects – writing in particular – there are thousands of blogs about it. Some are there only to promote an author. Others are there offering tips or insight, while still more are just a space for people to share their work and hopefully connect with others. In order to find your blog, you have to first find your niche.
I’ll be the first to admit that I like to stick to the tried and true – the things I know I can write well. Sometimes it means recycling ideas, but other times it means digging deep into your creativity and trying to find something new out of the old. Writing, however, is a craft that appreciates the new and different (even if that may not be as easy as it sounds. Some people you ask will say there are only so many plots to choose from anyway), and sometimes you have to take a dive into the deep end.