In my most recent blog entry, I bemoaned the fact I didn't have enough time to visit all the blogs I want to, without seriously cutting into my "productive" work time.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy blog reading.
- Teaches me a lot, about writing, about the publishing business, and about human nature (especially during flame wars).
- Exposes me to a host of different ideas.
- Informs me about all kinds of new and interesting books (and their authors).
- Helps me hone my procrastination skills (not that they need much honing).
- Provides me with links to interesting and informative sites (which I then put on my ever-expanding list of sites to visit--arggh!).
- Gives me a great sense of community, of fitting in with other writers and readers. If I have a question, I'm confident the collective swarm will come up with an answer, which is nice (then I don't have to bother my wife).
I also enjoy writing blog entries (both on my own two blogs (this one and InkSpot), and on other people's).
- Lets me (hopefully) help other writers with things learned from my experiences.
- Makes it easy to start discussions on topics that interest me.
- Keeps my skills from getting rusty (at least my typing skills).
- Allows me to get the word out about my work more effectively than standing on a street corner and shouting (I think). And it's even more effective when I blog on other people's blogs. (In fact, I'm thinking about beginning to start contemplating putting together a rough idea for a blog tour for April's release. Maybe. Soon. If I can find the time.)
There were some excellent comments on Monday's post, but are there even more reasons you have for reading and/or writing blogs?