And how important is it to agents/publishers if they're considering your work? I'm planning to start a blog, which I suppose will also serve as my portfolio. However, I don't really know what I'm supposed to be putting on it. Does any old piece of writing do? Or must it be something that has won a competition, been published on some newspaper's website/in an anthology/etc, or been recognised in some way like that so that the agent/publisher can see that people have picked you over the competition before? I just don't really know how to build one in order to accomplish my dream of getting published, and how important it is. I'm very confused. I didn't even know it was a good idea to make one until recently. Any advice would be much appreciated!