Are you a writer?
I am beautifully naïve when it comes to writers–or at least aspiring writers–online. I realize that blogging is a great way to both express one’s literary genius and promote one’s personal brand. But unless you explicitly state that you are a writer and talk about things like agents and real deadlines, I won’t suspect a thing.
And that is why I am continually shocked to find that hidden beneath the perfectly nice blogs I read are eager little writers just waiting for their moment(s) in the sun. Really, people? But you seemed so nice and innocent!
It seems that all of the dear, gentle bloggers in the world really want to be writers. There are dreams, and sometimes even plans for someday. Someday to be discovered. Someday to be published. Someday to make money off of words.
And I am baffled. I mean, I can understand a few people wanting different things than I do, but this is like finding out that everyone in the world secretly aspires to be a taxi driver in Tulsa! And then there is still the issue of why these aspiring writers are all masquerading as normal bloggers.
Let’s get real. The typical blogs that I read are not a good way to market oneself as a writer.
Maybe blogging is good practice for sitting down regularly to write, but then maybe that isn’t true at all. The very nature of personal blog-writing is so very different from writing a novel or working on an article based on someone else’s interests and deadlines.
And then there is the fact that these blogs are not well-designed or at all optimized for exposure to anyone beyond, well, a small handful of readers like me. So they can’t actually be that helpful in finding people to pay for one’s writing, either directly or indirectly.
This is why it would never make sense to me to hide my writing ambitions behind my little blog. And this is why I am continually baffled by the fact that this is what everyone else is doing, and it is an open secret that only I am not in on.
So here I am, finally admitting that I am not a part of the club I never knew secretly existed around me. I blog, but I am not a writer.
Are you a writer?
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