Embracing the storyteller within
And it occurred to me that there is no such thing as blogging.
There is no such thing as a blogger. Blogging is just writing – writing
using a particularly efficient type of publishing technology.
— Simon Dumenco
I’ve long believed that everything we write is a form of storytelling. A memo is the story of an outcome you would like to see. A letter to your child who’s away at camp is the continuation of your family story. A text message to that cute girl is the story that may lead to a first date. Even your grocery list is the story of what you will eat for dinner this week. Embracing the storyteller within makes writing easier, because who among us doesn’t tell stories every day?
You call up your spouse or your mom to tell them about the funny thing your toddler did or said today. You come back from lunch and tell your coworkers about the obnoxious guy who cut in front of you in line at the post office. After a vacation, you tell your friends about all the cool people you met, sites you saw, and things you did. We are all expert storytellers in real time, but we sometimes forget our skill when it comes to writing because we perceive writing as something other than storytelling.
I love Dumenco’s quote because he’s saying there’s nothing different about writing a blog than there is about writing anything else. Writing is writing. Writing is storytelling. Writing is connecting.
Is this to say that we’re all equally skilled at this writing/storytelling/connecting game? No, we’re not. But to focus on skill is to miss the point entirely. Blogging is a form of social media, and the first word – the MAIN point – of social media is the social. Blogging is a means of connecting with others by sharing our stories. It is a means of publishing the thoughts and stories that connect us to others in a “particularly efficient” way.
There are probably as many different kinds of blogs as there are people blogging. Many, many, many of them (up to 80 percent, if you believe some of the reported statistics) are abandoned after the first month. Those of us who hold on and keep blogging are perhaps a little further ahead in the connection game.
Whether you’ve already written your book or are just starting to formulate your topic, a blog is a great way to connect:
- With other writers
- With potential readers
- With those who’ve already walked the path you’re now taking
- With those who may look to you for guidance
- With other people who are telling their stories
Writing is writing is writing. If you’ve written a book, you can write a blog. And if you’re writing a blog, you can publish a book.
Laura & Marcie
The Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.