Well, blogging is writing. As with any kind of writing, the more thought and effort you put into blogging, the better. That doesn't mean you have to write the perfect post every time... although some people try. And yes, there are those of us that can whip out a blog post in 15-20 minutes, slap a Creative Commons or public domain photo on it, give it a snazzy title and publish it without worries.
But is that true of most bloggers? Not at all.
Myself, I'm a pretty fast writer. I've been known to write 1000 words in 20 minutes easily. But that's not to brag. It took a LOT of practice. In my case, it was years of journal writing that started back in junior high. But I think what helped me the most over the years was retyping my journals into the computer. Not only did it help me practice typing, but it also made me rethink how I was wording things.
Obviously, in journaling, you're not going to be as cognizant of how you're wording things. You're just going to write whatever comes to you. And it seems that a lot of people think that writing perfect prose just comes naturally to bloggers. Believe me, for every post I whip out in 15-30 minutes, there are 5 more on my back burner. And of these 5, 3 or 4 of those will likely end up scrapped.
Also, there are plenty of blog posts I whip out, then go back and revise. We bloggers are always tweaking. But many of us bloggers write ahead. That way, we can go back and decide if something is ready to publish or not. Still, everyone's writing process is different. Some of us take a lot of time to craft the best blog post that we can. And I do that, too, when it's something I really want to come out the right way.
But there is plenty of thought that goes into a blog post. And a lot of research. Will this resonate with my intended audience? Is it a topic people will even care about? There's so much going on behind the writing.
And yes, you can just sit there and use a blog as your journal. That's perfectly fine. I used to use blogging that way. Basically, bloggers should just do whatever works for them.
But yes, it's a myth that blogging doesn't require a lot of time and effort. It really does, especially when you're trying to grow it. Just starting a blog and writing anything takes time and effort, and it's never as easy as it looks! After all you're putting something out to the general public and that is nothing to sneeze at!
However, if you blog, they will come... isn't exactly true. You have to put in a lot of time and effort for a blog to live on. And for those that can do it consistently, be proud of them for doing something they love!
As for “If you blog, they will come...” that's another blogging myth altogether!
~ Phoenix <3