I couldn't agree more. I mean, okay, I'm pretty happy with my choice in husband and stuff, but still, I <3 blogging. It really is one of the best decisions I've ever made. I could go on and on and ON about why I love it so much, but in the interest of post length I'll limit it to ten. (And we're going to do this Letterman-style)
Top Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Made of Win
#10: Humility! No matter how much I accomplish, there's always plenty of Shannon Shame to be shared. Like, for instance, the deal with the Universe I have to fulfill when my book sells. Or perhaps this evil dare.
#9: Practice! Blogging forces me to write every. single. day. (Well, except weekends). And the more I do it, the better I get (in theory anyway).
#8: Wisdom! I don't know if you guys know this, but, you're smart. Like, you know stuff. About writing. About publishing. About querying. I have learned so much from your posts, and you have seriously saved me from epic failure or humiliation a hundred times over.
#7: Humor! You guys are also hilarious. Anytime I need a good laugh I can find it by doing a little blog hopping.
#6: Statcounter! I try to be good, and only check it once a day. But there are few things more thrilling (what? I'm in revision Hell, I don't get out much!) than seeing my number of hits at the end of the day.
#5: Legitimacy! Sure, landing an agent and selling your book are mostly about having an awesome draft. But agents and editors do check blogs, and now--more than ever--it's important to have a polished online presence. Laura definitely visited my blog before she signed me, and I have no doubt that when I go to subs there will be editors reading my posts (*stomach twists nervously*). Every little bit helps.
#4 Contests! And no, I don't mean my own--though I am running one. (Shameless contest plug) I mean the ones you guys hold. I've won a signed Lightning Thief and a signed Catching Fire, not to mention several other books. a purse, and four pounds of Twizzlers! There are always awesome contests to enter--like the one Sara is hosting right now. Dude, she's giving away a signed Twilight! Have you entered yet? What are you waiting for?
#3 Community! Writing is a very isolated, lonely thing. Blogging is very social. So for me it balances the two, gets me out of my head and my lonely writing hole--but still keeps me thinking about writing and learning about publishing.
#2 The Sara(h)s! I had hoped to find CPs when I jumped into the blogosphere, and I found two absolutely awesome ones. The fabulous (and slightly evil) Sara McClung and the hilarious Sarah Wylie. They make me such a better writer--and constantly talk me out of deleting my draft and fleeing to Mexico. I don't know what I'd do without them.
#1: YOU GUYS! *waves to the tiny squares of smiling people* When you read my posts, and especially when you leave me comments it makes. my. day. For realz. You have cheered me up on low days and cheered me on during the highs and I can honestly say I would not have come this far on my writing journey without you. So thank you! You guys are the best!
So what about you guys. Why do you blog? And what do you love most about it?