I remember my first tenative steps into the Blogosphere. I had finished my first novel, was half-way through my second, and was already mapping out the third. For some bizarre, unremembered reason, I had decided that I needed to finish the trilogy before I even started looking for an agent. Boy, was I wrong.
The education I received at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association's summer conference last July was staggering. One tidbit dealt with blogs. "START one," the many-titled and much-published author said. So I finally followed dear friend inlandempiregirl's advice, and I haven't looked back since.
I'm just sorry I hadn't realized the value of a blog sooner. It's not about getting your name out there or advertising your "brand" or capturing the most readers -- it is about relationships. I am so thankful for the community I've found of like-minded writers who are down-to-earth and supportive and full of timely advice. These are fellow writers who have shared successes and failures, large and small alike.