Benefits of writing online
I have been writing 200 words a day since December 2018. Fairly consistent. Other than 200WaD community, I had no clue who else was reading my writing. I am fairly shy about promoting it through social media. The thought of posting a Tweet or post on Facebook every day was cringe-inducing for me. I started to cross-post on my own website. The analytics data was appalling. My website had only less than 200 unique views in the past two months. It still is. But I am quite happy now.
I started to send out a fortnightly newsletter one month ago. I did that only because of the Write of Passage course. I used the newsletter as a vehicle to promote my writing. I was not shy to put my newsletter out in social media, as it is a once in two weeks ritual.
Newsletter as a format helped me a lot. I was just plugging my writing along with other interesting content. It is still an experiment, but I have been getting personal feedback from a surprising number of people. School mates whom I have not even spoken for the past 15 years, people at work who haven't spoken to me much but with whom some of the blogs resonated well. My most anticipated feedback loop was closed by these interactions.
I am just reminded of Haider Al-Mosawi writing that: Your writings matter more than you think. It is so true.