Is the difference between Blogging and Writing a Negligible One?


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

  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ?

 

13 thoughts on “Is the difference between Blogging and Writing a Negligible One?

  1. Writing covers the genre of the art, imo. Blogging is a form of writing but it is mostly journal writing. I’m a bit older and I remember the time when the world wide web was not in existence. Writers, published writers and those aspiring to be published, chose different mediums to write in, for example, journalism, novels, short stories, poetry. Being published meant that you wrote something that someone else printed. In today’s world, being published doesn’t mean a thing because you just publish a blog and call yourself a writer. There was also structure and grammar to written work. In today’s world, everyone just makes up whatever they want and if enough people catch on then they follow. Wikipedia will verify that for us all, lol. I have a blog and I publish poetry, journal entries, pieces of short stories, whatever insanity comes into my mind. Does this make me a writer? Personally, I call myself a crazy woman with too many thoughts and I will probably never organize my thoughts to be able to publish a book or have someone publish a book I wrote so I will never be a famous author but maybe I can be a famous writer whose blogs of insanity are followed by the world! Muahahahaha!

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  2. Excellent post.
    Im not very good at it, but do it because its good for me.
    I also have an anonymous blog, to talk about very personal stuff. It was the olny way I can do it.
    I think all writting is valid. sedge808.

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  3. As you know, I write about depression (amongst other things), but I still consider myself a writer.

    Whether I am a good writer or not, that is in the eye of the beholder so to speak and is very subjective. Who’s to say when you transcend from blogger to writer or whether you even have to? Does being published and successful mean that you are worthy of such a title?

    Like E L James? Successful, but a good writer? Some say no, others say yes…. One woman’s meat and all that 😉

    I think the minute judgement come into writing, millions and billions of hands hovering over keyboards rear back; fear, doubt, self judgement kicks in resulting in everyone giving up because they don’t think they are good enough. If you write then you’re a writer to my mind.

    A friend of mine isn’t keen on writers groups because, as an ex journalist, she only ‘writes seriously’. Sounds as boring, worthy and tedious as fuck to me….

    To close, I’m gonna paraphrase that Dave Grohl quote about musicians; write even if you suck and enjoy it, because one day, who knows? You could become the next big thing in literary circles.

    Great, thought provoking article as always dude!

    SS x

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    1. Hey Sista !!!

      Well for me I feel that since I want to be a novelist/poet, instead of doing the bullshit I am doing. I have tried to perfect my technique and craft and I do not consider myself to be a writer yet. I do not see my name out of humility for their prodigious talent with the Like of Camus, Swift, Proust and Gide etc. I cook often too, but that doesn’t make me a chef I guess for me getting published and being able to get my income from my writings would make me a writer. But that is negligible because that’s just my view. You’re right the minute judgement or a bad review letter comes in many will stop writing which is unfortunate. Actually the few few rejection letters kind of killed the fun of writing. But I think that’s for any discipline not just writing. The people who stand out are the ones who remained and kept trying. I love the Dave Grohl Quote and thanks for sharing, uve given m e something to think about

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      1. Camus, Swift, etc. pah, you’re just as good as them! 😉
        Writing is like cooking, no one gets it right first time unless they are extremely talented, and let’s face it, where’s the fun in that? x

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  4. I write fiction and blog fact – well, most of the time. 😉 For me, the two go together, and I’ve noticed that since I’ve been blogging, my writing has become tighter, and more precise. You only have a small window of opportunity with a blog post. If the article is too long, people switch off. If you waffle around all over the place, people switch off. Learning how to write short form has focused my mind on ‘what is important’, and I think that’s made me a better writer generally. So writing and blogging are different, but they can complement each other imho.

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    1. I really think that they complement each other. I have noticed my non-blogging writing is tighter. The word “writer” is wide enough to include everyone those that just do it for a hobby as well as those who just do it professionally. I really think it is great practice but sometimes I have an issue with someone writing about putting cats heads in a slice of bread calling themselves a writer.

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      1. Mmm… yeah, that’s a bit nasty. In a sense, all writing is communication, but maybe writing-writing implies a bit of thought and care. And a love of words? I don’t know. It’s a grey area isn’t it?

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  5. I agree with a couple of the previous comments. I think that writing is an art, and one that you can perfect no matter what platform you use. Some choose to write poems, others choose blog posts, and some self-publish. If you edit, use good grammar, share ideas, tell a story, make a connection with your reader…this is what it is to be a writer.

    I will say that not all bloggers are writers, but those two things are not mutually exclusive.

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  6. Yeah, I think the main difference is that a published writer will usually deal with an editor and we don’t have to…whether that’s a good or a bad thing is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose 😉

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    1. I agree that the publishing process is really a big deal. Sometimes when some great author are discovered post-humously I get upset and think the publishing process is shit. Then I read Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Bukowski, Burroughs and many of the other great authors who have changed how I think about the craft of writing and I feel it is a good time more times than not. I think the writing is also better and sharper. Just my two cents.

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      1. Yeah, I know what you mean about the post-humous thing. Same with artists, a lot of times their work doesn’t start selling until they’ve passed away. Sucks for the creative types who are ahead of their time!

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