I really shouldn't be here. I should be working on a poem, not a blog entry. I should be thinking long term about improving my poetry, not trying to connect with strangers. What is wrong with me? Am I not a "real" writer? Is blogging just the most complex procrastination tool ever invented? I wonder. About eight years ago, a tech-savvy friend of mine (I have one) described this new concept to me: blogging. She described it as halfway between a journal entry and an article. My response was quick and easy. Dumb idea; it won't catch on. You can see why I don't play the stockmarket.
In other words, I was dead wrong. I told her I would never be a blogger (oops) and that my journal writing was for my eyes, and my eyes alone. And while it is true that I would never write actual journal entries on line, I do see the intrigue of writing out to the universe - and having the universe sometimes answer. As a newbie to this genre, I get a thrill when the message comes through to my email that someone has commented on my words that I wrote only hours or days ago.
So my question to the more experienced bloggers out there -- especially the poets -- does blogging in any way help or hurt your more creative work? Yes, it takes time away from the next poem, but does it also generate ideas, energy, language that translates into poetry? And what is the line between wanting to make new friends and wanting to get that next book sold / reading / publication. I am acutally a bit afraid of how all the lines have blurred. I (like most writers, I'm guessing) am not a self-promoter, but I know I want people to read my poems. Where is the balance? Anything you suggest I should not do? I appreciate being part of this writers community, I like it so far ...
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