Recently I met with a writing friend for coffee, and we got to talking about life as a writer online.
Being a writer these days often means also mastering various online forms of communication: blogs, Facebook, Twitter, e-mail marketing (and more) AND being a good writer. It’s not to say there weren’t challenges for writers in the pre-Internet era, but the Web brings about a whole new batch of obstacles for aspiring and established writers.
When I first started out online as a writer, I had a vague idea that I needed to start a blog and that I should be tweeting. When I think back to my first few months blogging and tweeting, I have to laugh at myself. Let’s just say it was a learning process, and it still is!
Lately, I’ve been trying to find a good balance between improving my creative writing, meeting lots of writers online, and making my blog a resource that helps other writers. My biggest challenge right now is finding the time to balance all of these and still have a life away from my laptop :) In the past, a few of my biggest challenges as a writer online have been:
- Figuring out how to use WordPress (.com and .org)
- Meeting people on Twitter and gaining new followers
- Finding like-minded blogging friends
- Getting people to visit my blog
- Building up the courage to share my writing with my blog readers
- And many more!
After my coffee date with my writing friend, I started wondering what other writers were struggling with online. Is is getting followers? Learning how to use the technology? Or, like me, is it finding the time to get it all done?
I’d love to hear from others out there: what’s your greatest challenge as a writer online?