It’s the second decade of the millenium. Blogging, twittering and connecting on sites like Facebook has become part of every business plan. If you don’t have an online presence, you basically don’t exist, but when you’re a beginning writer, does having an online presence really have that much of an impact?
It’s a great way to connect with readers and potential readers, but at the start of a career, those numbers are fairly minimal, so expending a huge amount of time on it, isn’t the wisest use of time, when producing a first, second or third novel will do far more to further your career.
For me, time spent twittering, blogging, reading other people’s blogs and various articles, I could be writing. I even subscribe to a blog that feeds me lists of information about writing opportunities but after a year, I haven’t gotten any new work from it, so I can’t justify the expense, plus its preachy cheerleader-like tone has grated on my last nerve.
I’m not saying it’s wise to sign off everything entirely, but sometimes you need to re-evaluate your time. A second novel will do far more for my career than any amount of blogs and tweets.
To that end, my blog posts will be shorter this year and I’ll use Twitter to pass on any really good informaion I come across, and less random stuff like, “My son just made me a bead necklace in my favorite color.” Because you probably don’t care about that.