I read a good bit of articles on blogging and twitter before I began back in February. I had tried blogging twice before and didn't really like it. I never knew what to write or why but this time I came at it with a focus. I developed a system. I wanted to publish my short fiction to introduce myself to the readers of the world and discuss writing to connect with the online writing community.
I'm coming up on the two month mark of the blog and one week on Twitter. I've gained 45 followers on blogger and 56 on twitter. I'm able to point possible producers and publishers to both this and my website for samples of my work. I've made a few friends and found some new writers to follow and have learned a good bit about the craft and business side of writing.
Ultimately, I hope to increase my readership and that's in its beginning stages. I will only gain a true readership when I deserve one, when I'm able to consistently put out material worthy of anticipation. I'm working hard at it and I believe one day that will happen.
Until that day arrives, I'm pretty content with all the little extra perks that have come from blogging and twitter. The side benefits have been an increased productivity in producing short fiction, a new support system, bettering my craft and having fun. I never thought I would read so many cool blogs or get so much good advice.
To me, even if you don't get four thousand followers in your first week, blogging and engaging the reading/writing community are absolutely worth the effort.
Any other opinions out there fellow bloggers and readers of blogs?