A long time ago, I wrote about Stephen King’s book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. I enjoyed the book and it was not only an interesting look at King’s own backstory but also a good read about why writers should be writing and how King himself creates his horrific tales.
Over at How To Make My Blog, there’s a post about how what’s in King’s book should also apply to bloggers.
This one, when put to blogging, jumps out at me just as it did when I was reading it from a fiction writing point of view:
Do it for joy. If there is no joy in it, it’s just no good. Writing is not about making money, getting famous, or making friends. Writing blog posts should be inspired play and it should not feel like work. When you do it for joy, you can do it forever, no matter what.
I honestly have never for a moment expected to make real friends through blogging. I’ve made some, though, and there have been a few who’ve come by year after year, and I have five of them behind me now on this blog, and keep visiting. I visit their blogs, too. It’s amazing what you can learn about each other through writing.
I’ll admit that writing for popularity is sometimes a problem for me. I don’t mean that in a “I only want to write things people will agree with” way: I don’t mind it when people disagree. But like every other blogger, I like comments.
And sometimes, just like now, as I write this, I can look over at the two most recent editions of the Saturday Six and Sunday Seven, see how few responses there were this past weekend: in fact, as I write this, there was one single player on Saturday and none on Sunday. I begin to wonder if they’ve run their course. Or if the blog has.
I remind myself that last weekend was a holiday weekend in which family visitors can easily throw a wrench in people’s free time. I also remind myself that once in a while — probably much more often than I’d care to contemplate — the topics and/or my questions suck.
So I think I’m going to work on the next set of each, and hope that I come up with better questions for next weekend, and that I get a little bit better of a response.
I’m open to suggestions, incidentally, so if you have any questions in mind, use that nifty little “Contact” link at the top of the page and send them to me.