I’ve always considered it a way to share. Share my stories, my thoughts.
Why share though?
At the time I started my first blog, no reason really. Nothing beyond the artist’s desire to be appreciated and have their work seen. I didn’t have a game plan or strategy. I just wanted to write and put it online.
I wrote short stories and put them on my blog every now and then. Once in a while, I would put up an opinion piece and that was it. When I decided to go self-hosted, I imagined that I would be doing more fiction blogging than anything else, but before long, I started to ask myself…
What exactly is fiction blogging?
I don’t think there’s an actual definition for fiction blogging, but if you were to stumble on a fiction blog, I bet it wouldn’t be difficult to tell what it is. One of the few fiction blogs I used to follow was Tomi Adesina’s blog where she posted serialised fiction. That’s probably as close as you can get to the mark. Other people post short stories or a combination of short stories and serialised fiction, and others post opinion pieces about fiction writing alongside short stories.
My WordPress.com blog is a fiction blog, I think. My posts were mostly short stories and flash fiction. I thought I might do something like that when went self-hosted, but naah.
With me, it seems a lot of things come and go in seasons. I’ve had my season for writing short stories and flash fiction, which I enjoyed doing at the time of course. Now, not so much. I simply don’t have the same zeal to write flash fiction as I used to. I can’t exactly tell you why but that’s just how it is.
Maybe the problem is we try to label everything – I’m a fiction blogger, I’m a lifestyle blogger, I’m a health blogger, I’m a food blogger, yada yada yada. What if I don’t want labels? What if I don’t want a niche? What if I just want to write whatever I feel like writing?
My blog is still going through the shaping process. I don’t know where it will go, but that’s part of the process. I like it when I don’t know where the story is going. So, I’m just going to run with it and do whatever I like whenever I like.
Don’t be like me though. If you intend to make money from your blog, it’s probably better to find a niche and stick with it. For me, blogging and social media and all that jazz is a creative outlet and nothing more, at least for now.
So, is fiction blogging for me?
No. Not right now.