Friday, 6 March 2020
Is it worthwhile?
I've been having a think about how I use my time and if I could make better use of it. Blogging is one aspect I've been looking at.
As well as this blog I run WomagWriter. Both take up quite a bit of time – it's not so much the writing of the posts, but the finding of free writing competitions for this one, and attempting to ensure all the information and magazine submission guidelines on the other blog are accurate and up to date.
Both blogs generally only attract a handful of comments per post. Comments are the only real way for me to know the post was read and considered interesting or useful. I do look at the stats, but as these tell me over half of you are Russian I'm not convinced they're accurate. If there really are only six or so readers it doesn't seem worth me continuing. A writer of any kind is nothing without readers!
I've found a few more free to enter writing competitions, so will post up the links over the next few days. If they don't attract many comments I'll conclude it's not worth me searching for more.
I did mention this short story competition before, but as the prize is £15,000 and there's still time to enter I thought it was worth doing so again.
The organisers of this contest want poetry, short stories and art on the theme of springtime. Any genre and word count is acceptable. I have asked if there's any reward other than publication, but haven't yet recieved a response.
What do you think – is it worth me continuing to blog about free to enter writing competitions, or am I better off using the time to write my own fiction?