I had a lovely short convo with Ms JenandTonic today. WE talked about the difference between writing and blogging and I thought I would add this post to get some responses from you the readers. I starting all seriously writing it but then lapse into silliness as the beer started to flow but I think you can get what I am saying
Overly Done Intro
It is not in the interest of being captious that this blog-post attempts to answer the question of whether the perceived difference between blogging and writing is one worth mentioning. There are important distinctions that can be drawn from exploring these two related but separate endeavors. To that end, I will compare the connotations of both blogging and writing and in doing revisit their unique historical emergence. In the interest of brevity I will conclude afterwards with a few remarks about the relative differences between the publishing processes endemic to both endeavors.
The Body: Aka All my thoughts
Blogging is forever linked to the emergence of the Internet, aka the World Wide Web, a seemingly ethereal but at times diaphanous media that has in an unprecedented fashion connected a significant subset of the total human population of planet earth in real time. A blog has been compared many a time to an online diary. While being a virtual place of exchange and interaction, it’s also a vehicle for broadcasting one’s voice. This has had amazing ramifications for the political plights around the world as the Arab Spring and Jasmine Revolution have illustrated. Blogging has been also a mean for allowing people with similar hobbies/fixations/ideology to come together.
Writing professionally is very different than blogging in three very important ways
- The paycheck! In most cases unless you are a paid blogger this is a big deal. However being paid to blog generally requires the adherence to some sort of peer review (see below)
- There is the issue of peer review as in a scientific journal or the editor at The Paris Review, Getting accepted or published by a major publication is an arduous task that some of the best writers of our generation took years to accomplish.
- The AIM is very different from a professional writer. A playwright aim is very different from a blogger. The same can be said when comparing a blogger to a novelist, a poet, and essayist etc. They may all utilize similar technique but the subtlety of use will be much different.
If someone writes about their struggles with depression and alcohol in the face of many societal ills I would not label them a writer, I couldn’t in good conscience call them a writer. Dostoevsky was a writer who wrote about social ills, depression and alcoholism and he is a writer on of the best ever in my opinion I also couldn’t equate the term film-maker with vlogger, although they both make videos.’
In a novel, poem, and memoir or in an auto-biography we are co-creators with the author in the way we are not with the blogger. We are fed images and words from which we create simulacra of reality. While we can empathize with reading about a blogger’s struggles with addiction for example, we are not enjoying the same relationship with the writer as we read the blog post in question.
Ok That All I am lucid enough to write,
What do you think what’s your thought on this ?
- Is a blogger a writer? (mythoughtsonapage.com)
- MrMary on Blogging and Writing: Reflects openly on LittleMsWordy’s Blogging: Work or Hobby? (aspoonfulofsuga.wordpress.com)