To blog or not to blog?

That is the question.

Well, that is a question. Not one I’m asking of myself right now—thank you, faithful readers, for your encouragement!—but one a favorite blogger of mine is asking.

In short, he’s debating the value of craft vs. immediacy; that is, whether he should be focusing more of his time on the books he writes and whether he is diluting said book-writing efforts by publishing quickly-composed blog entries. Here is how he makes the distinction:

A book is thought through, over months, edited, rewritten, and then presented. A blog is “published” seconds after it is written. The writing life has changed. And my fear is the true craft is dead.

I am not living with this tension. My goal is to instill the discipline of writing something that isn’t dictated by my 9-5 job description. I enjoy the writing I do for work, but I find that I crave an outlet for what I want to say—even though I often don’t know what that is until I’m actually writing. I guess I view blogging as public journaling, or journaling for an audience—an audience composed of friends and strangers, and strangers who are friends-in-waiting.

So. I’m not sure what Don’s answer will be to this question. Mine is a definite yes. To blog. For now, anyway.

P.S. Apparently, I’m a month behind the NaBloWriMo craze. Oh well. 🙂

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I am so glad you’re blogging! I love reading it!!! Although, when I want to reply, I’m more aware of sentence structure and grammer and punctuation and… ok, you get the idea…

  2. If “Don” follows what he writes (below) then he will see the difference. I think the craft is not gone or lost. Sometimes books are just the longer, more refined version of a blog. The intimacy of the blog is what draws the reader. And I love your blog!
    “Welcome To My Blog
    Before it becomes a book, it all gets tested here. Forgive the rough patches. Here is the writing in process:”

    1. Amy says:

      I completely agree, Buff! And thanks for reading my blog. Not sure anything here will turn into a book, but that’s OK… 🙂

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