Is Blogging a Distraction?

A year ago, I cut back on the number of blog posts I would write a week. I used to write every weekday, but I cut back to only three days a week because (1) I was running out of stuff to say, (2) my eyes were getting tired of screens, and (3) less time spent writing blog posts equals more time writing fiction.

I’ve been doing the three-posts-a-week thing for a year now, and I like to reevaluate my schedules from time to time to make sure they’re still working for me. So far, it seems as though three posts a week is working out fine. It’s not so much that I’m using up all my ideas too quickly and having to really rack my brain for stuff to write about, and it’s not so little that I feel like I’m neglecting the blog.

A lot of the time, I hear that some writers don’t blog at all because blogging would be a distraction from “real” writing (i.e., fiction or the stuff they hope to eventually sell). Sometimes I do feel that blogging is a distraction. I’m the type of person who likes to get the shortest jobs done first so I can move on to the big ones, so on Saturday mornings, I write my blogs first, then I move on to the fiction. Sometimes it seems like the blog post is standing in the way, like I have to move it aside to get to what I really want to do.

But it works both ways. Sometimes writing a blog post can be a good segue into writing fiction, almost like a warm-up exercise. Overall, blogging is a help to my writing rather than a hindrance. Do you find blogging to be a distraction from your other writing endeavors?

9 thoughts on “Is Blogging a Distraction?

  1. Hmm good question! Yes, in some ways I do find blogging to be a distraction. Obviously, any time I spend working on a blog post is time I could have spent working on my novel. But at least writing blog posts has taught me a lot about trying to capture an audience, how to be concise, etc. and those things carry over into my fiction-writing. Also, since I report my monthly writing progress on my blog, that can be pretty motivational!


    1. Yes, that’s the other thing good about blogging — all your readers can keep you accountable. If I say I’m going to do something on my blog, then I know I had better do it!

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  2. It’s maybe a little bit distracting, but less so than watching television and playing Candy Crush. Most of my posts are about writing things, so at least I’m in the ballpark… Plus, if my blog really kicks off, maybe I can start including it on my resume when I apply to jobs that involve writing and/or social media.


  3. I don’t keep myself on a blogging regiment, though through the months and years on wordpress, I’ve noticed I blog about 2-4 times a month. My other (now defunct) personal blog where I would rant about anything and everything (privacy, anyone?) got up to nearly 300 posts in a span of two years. But that was way back when. Nowadays, my free time is limited so I’ll tend to skip the blogging unless I have something important to say.

    To answer your question, I love blogging but it’s a big time suck for me. Time that I could be spending on my fiction writing instead. I tend to wait until “oh crap, I’m supposed to get to x thousand words by this weekend!” so the blogging and fiction writing typically evens out on its own.

    Writing every weekday is a lot! And as a follower, I find it hard to keep up to folks who post a lot. Even missing one day on the WP reader can be disastrous, as I like to be engaged and actually “follow” a blog rather than popping in once in a while.

    Good post, as always!


    1. Exactly! I used to have a personal blog a long time ago, then realized how silly and immature it was and how easy it was to rack up tons of words that nobody really cared about. And it does get overwhelming to keep up with all the blogs. I like to keep the number of blogs I’m subscribed to small so it doesn’t become overwhelming.

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  4. If I were an equestrian, or a drummer, or a photographer, then, yes, blogging would be somewhat of a distraction — though I might still do it.

    But writing is writing. As my father taught me, there’s no such thing as “real” writing, no “serious” writing and trivial writing. There’s only good writing, wherever you find it, and bad writing.

    And Brigid made some very good points about what you can learn from blogging. Hemingway honed his skills in newspaper writing, and Robert Altman learned his craft in television and industrial films.


    1. For the most part, I think blogging is good practice. For me it’s not as “serious” as my fiction writing, but it’s still writing so it’s all good. 🙂


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