Blogging Insights — Hard Work: Yes or No?

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from author Dean Koontz.

“The desire to write well cannot be fulfilled without hard work.”

I have, on more than one occasion, attempted to write a novel and I can attest that, while the desire is there, it is a lot of hard work. I suppose the fact that I have three started novels on my laptop, but none finished, is indicative that, while I have the desire to write a book, I have not dedicated myself to putting in the hard work required to do so.

Blogging is a different story. I’m not a professional writer. My livelihood doesn’t depend upon writing. So not putting in the hard work that Dean Koontz says is required to fulfill a desire to write does not apply to me. Because I love expressing myself “in writing” — and, truth be told, I’m better doing so than I am expressing myself orally — blogging is not hard work. It’s a hobby. It’s a pastime. It’s something I do because I enjoy it. But it’s not hard work.

Still, on my blog, I try to write well, and hope that I write well. But if I ever start to think of blogging as hard work, that’s when I’ll hang up my spurs.

6 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Hard Work: Yes or No?

  1. Marilyn Armstrong June 27, 2022 / 12:02 pm

    Mostly, I agree. For me it’s a little harder work than for others simply because I wrote for a living and I feel obliged to rather more editing and pondering the work I’ve done that most other people are. I think if you ARE a writer, you can’t really see any kind of writing as a pastime. Even though really, that’s what it is.

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  2. Stuart Danker June 27, 2022 / 8:04 pm

    I’ve been thinking about this, the balance between writing for myself and for an audience. I’ve also been wondering what constitutes ‘good’, because that determines the work we put into something.

    And it’s weird how the posts I don’t really work hard on end up being the most liked, while the ones I toil over go ignored.

    So I don’t have a solid observation to add onto this post, but it was a thought-provoking read!

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    • Fandango June 27, 2022 / 11:01 pm

      I agree. There are posts that I worked on, edited, revised, posted, and was very proud of, and the views and comments were well shy of expectations. And then there were other posts that I quickly slapped together and they were quite popular. It is a bit strange, isn’t it?

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  3. drtanya@saltedcaramel June 28, 2022 / 10:19 am

    This is exactly how I feel. I too have a WIP novel but it requires time and effort which I cannot spare for it at present. Blogging, at least the small amount that I manage, does not seem like work at all.

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  4. leigha66 June 29, 2022 / 1:03 pm

    I am certain I could never make it as a novelist. Now, I do write poems quite often and could see one day publishing a book of poems, does that make me a writer? Probably not. It is just “what I do.”

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