Earlier this year, a fellow writer friend of mine advised I begin networking. A few of the things networking is good for is getting familiar with the writing business, learning what agents/publishers are looking for, and establishing a fan base. I considered what my friend said and agreed it would be a smart thing to do. So I began browsing online writing forums, checking out agent websites, etc. After a couple months, I joined AbsoluteWrite, which is just awesome. And, as you have noticed, I am now blogging.
My goal, though, is to do more than the things I listed above. I want to get to know other writers. I want to share in their writing journey and have them share in mine. Being a writer can be incredibly exciting and sometimes just horribly frustrating, and I don't think people really understand that unless they, too, are writers.
So if you're a writer, get involved with other writers! Push them, encourage them, learn from them, and allow them to do the same for you. You won't be sorry.