Blogging for Writers: What’s in it for Me? What’s in it for Us?

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Why write Blogs?

  • To develop platform

  • To share information

  • To sell product

  • To hone writing

The what’s-in-it-for-me philosophy, WIIFM, applies here, but are we all so self-centered?  I much prefer another concept, one which I just recently encountered, the what’s-in-it-for-us philosophy, WIIFU. The us being both writers and readers.

So, why read Blogs?

  • To learn about writing structure, style, grammar

  • To seek inspiration

  • To connect with like minds

  • To learn about the business of writing, aka marketing

What do both lists have in common? Value.

Bloggers give knowledge based on study and experience. Readers take knowledge, apply it, and, hopefully, pass it along. Bloggers promote their products; readers often buy those products.  The result is a cycle, a supportive community, a collaboration of bloggers and readers and bloggers and bloggers and… you get the idea.

I write blog posts but I also read them. Tons of them. I return to blogs that are helpful. I keep track of new posts on all my favorite blogs—I use Feedly  for this purpose—and I share new posts through Twitter and through my own blog.

Yes, the what’s-in-it-for-me concept—WIIFM— is valuable, but the what’s-in-it-for-us philosophy—WIIFU—is priceless.

My best to you,

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6 thoughts on “Blogging for Writers: What’s in it for Me? What’s in it for Us?
    • Hi, Ben,
      As you know, I am an avid writer. Fiction comes first and I do that, daily, before anything else. But I also love to share what I learn. One of the hardest things about my writing journey was choosing social media routes. So many roads, so little time! I picked Blogging and Twitter. I dabble in others but those are my mainstays. Thanks for your ringing endorsement on my blog. So glad you liked the post.
      Cheers,
      Annie

  1. Good blog. Thanks for your summary which validates my efforts in blogging to promote my husband’s writing and my editing of same, as well as my own writing from time to time. My husband, Ian Moore-Morrans is an octogenarian who has been seriously ill for over five years and still has a stack of stories that need editing and publishing. He has not been in condition to do further work on getting his stories published but, mostly with my efforts, we’ve managed to publish two books in the last three years.I’m slowly working through them and use the blog to pubilcize my efforts. My blogging has also been a great way to have contact with other writers and editors as well as the self-publishing world. Through the Federation for BC Writers website I was made aware of your blog and hope to continue to follow it. Keep up the good work.

    • Hi, Gayle,
      Many thanks for your comments re: blog. I am thrilled to be a member of the Federation of BC Writers; great benefits and interactions (such as this.)
      I have subscribed to your blog and am looking forward to new posts. (Really enjoyed the @busymockingbird post: “Collaborating with a 4-Year Old”… incredible art!) Good luck as you continue to edit and market your husband’s work.
      Cheers,
      Annie

    • Hi, Norah,
      Have been following you (@NorahColvin) on Twitter and am learning from you, too. Like you, I am passionate about education (taught school for many years), and love learning and writing. I think it’s the teacher in me that makes me want to share everything I learn… thus the blog. So glad that it’s helpful.
      Thanks for your positive feedback. Such a cheery way to start the day!
      Best,
      Annie

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