The internet can be both a wonderful and horrible place. In the horrible place, unmistakable and unspeakable terrors lie in wait. In the wonderful place, websites and blogs dedicated to inspiration and encouragement sit and smile. Among those blogs rests this little community we’d like to call Pursue magazine, and standing with Pursue is a number of girls with passions for a number of things, many of which encompass writing in some shape or form.
I first created a blog about three years ago, and I have to say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ve reaped several benefits from it, and as an aspiring author, it has helped me immensely when it comes to writing. Needless to say, I wholeheartedly support the idea of aspiring writers creating blogs for themselves. So much good can come from it.
Here are a few things I’ve learned over the time I’ve spent on my blog:
1. YOU CAN PRACTICE WRITING BY MAINTAINING A BLOG
Even if your main focus will be fiction, you’ll have to articulate what your book is about, why people should read it, why a publisher should publish it, or why an agent should represent you and your brand. Also, the writing itself will help, no matter what you’re writing. Your blog will give you an excuse to write more–and, as a self-professing writer, you should be willing to develop your skills by writing on all platforms.
2. YOU CAN MEET LIKEMINDED PEOPLE BY MAINTAINING A BLOG
One of the best things about blogging is the community. Your blogs are your respective virtual homes, and you’re literally a click away from a group of people who could be your best friends. You can cheer each other on, encourage each other, lift up each other.
Before joining the writing/blogging community, I’d never met anyone in real life who wanted to be a writer. Upon joining the writing community, I learned so much and started to define what I wanted to do with my life.
3. YOU CAN TRACK YOUR PROGRESS BY MAINTAINING A BLOG.
If you stick with your writing, chances are, you’ll go back and laugh at your previous writing mistakes. You’ll be able to see how far you’ve come, and I guarantee that you’ll smile or laugh through some of your old posts. Blogs are cool in that the chronology of time passing is simple to understand, creating a clear-cut way for you to read about the evolution of your writing career.
Having a blog can be crucial to your writing journey. Of course, there are the downsides to it–it takes away from book writing, there’s always the possibility of trolls or hackers, etc. But once you figure out how to guard both your time and your personal information, it’s the best way to connect with other writers and keep track of your writing journey.
Who knows where you’ll go? Maybe a publisher will agree to publish your book because you have a lot of followers on your blog. Maybe one day you’ll become a bestselling author who can point back to his/her old blog and say, “See where I came from?” Maybe one day you’ll be able to show it to your kids and say, “Look what I did when I was your age.”
All teen writers with access to the internet should consider beginning a blog chronicling their journeys with writing and life. Even if you don’t feel ready for it now, give it a year or two. No matter how insecure you are about your writing, there is room for improvement. If you are willing to work at it and maintain it, starting a blog can be one of the most fruitful decisions you’ll make in your writing journey.
About the Writer:
Rachel Alison is a sixteen-year-old content creator with a passion for all the arts, although writing is her main skill. When she’s not doing homework or jamming out to hip-hop, she’s blogging at SilverMess.com, making videos for her YouTube channel, or developing her creative philosophy. She hopes to encourage others to pursue creativity as how God meant for people to pursue it, despite the restraints that sin has placed on humanity. To see more of her work, join the creative community at Silver Mess, follow her on Instagram, and subscribe to her YouTube channel!