Writer vs. Blogger

by Ginger on August 11, 2011

in Becoming Myself, Blogging & Social Media

I’ve never considered myself a writer. Either in passion or practice, I’ve never felt like I could lay claim to that title.

Maybe it’s because I have such high regard for the work of a writer. I’ve spent my life surrounded by words–first as a reader, then as a student, and now in my adult profession, the work of writers have created my safe havens throughout my years. I have utmost respect for the art and the craft, the dedication and effort that writers put into their work.

Me? I play fast and loose with the ellipses and dashes. I overuse commas. My grammar leaves a LOT to be desired. I rarely edit my most personal work–in fact, if I leave things to be edited and revised, I rarely hit publish. I prefer the method of letting my brain leak out of my fingers and hoping for the best. In fact, some of my favorite posts have come from twenty minute writing sessions and hitting publish before my lunch hour is up. There is no craft, there is no discipline–but there are words.

For a long time, I made certain to make the distinction between what I do and what writers do. I BLOG. They WRITE. You know, capital W write. There are bloggers who are capital W writers, of course, but I…I am not one of them. Yes, I blog about my life. Yes, I tell stories. Yes I try to connect with people. Yes, I use words to do that. But that’s just what blogging IS to me, you know? That’s not WRITING.

But I’ve realized lately that that’s NOT what it is to everyone. More and more, I feel like that’s a very small part of what blogging is in this brave new world of ours. It seems like the pool of bloggers is getting exponentially bigger, but the percentage of bloggers who talk and story tell isn’t growing at the same rate. The growth seems to be in the areas that allow for money making and less in the areas that pay dividends in connections, lighter loads, and “I’m not the only one” moments.

That’s not to say no one’s writing. There are lots of fabulous, wonderful, amazing writers who are blogging out there. I read a LOT of those amazing folks. But I don’t feel like it’s always as easy to find NEW story-tellers. And why would it? Back in the day (when I just read blogs, but didn’t write them), you could become a “popular” blogger by being a damn fine writer, and telling damn fine stories. You could make money just by being yourself. You could actually make something of the idea that “if you write it, they will come.”

Now, though, that’s a rarity. We know too much about stats and SEO and analytics. We know too much about personal branding and media kits. We know too much about how much money is out there–and what it takes to get it. And while it used to take putting some ads in your sidebar, now it takes more. More of you. More of your voice. More of your online space. More of your precious time and energy. So how do you tell stories if you’re busy with all the rest?

My time at BlogHer solidified something for me though. None of that is why I blog. It’s not why I’ve spent almost three years at this little piece of the internet. Oh sure, I write informational posts (about blogging, or publishing, or marketing). I may write the (very) occasional sponsored post. And I do actually have some plans to put up ads at some point. But BlogHer made it clear to me that I’m not able to do what a lot of people do (well!) to make significant money at this, or to garner significant popularity. I don’t begrudge their success, but it’s not what brings me joy about blogging. My joy comes not from promises of a payday or stardom but from sharing.

I read blogs to hear your story, and I blog to tell my story.

So I’m definitely a reader. And, at least some of the time, maybe I am a writer after all.

Natalie August 11, 2011 at 8:50 am

I love this, totally tweeting it.

I consider myself a writer, but definitely not a journalist — like I used to be. But I have always considered myself a writer — it is what I studied in college, what I wanted to become. It is a huge part of what I do in my 8-5 profession, so I have to write to eat.

You rock. Great meeting you face to face!

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm

It’s funny, because I don’t consider the writing I do in my day job (marketing) the same way I consider other writing. In reality, I totally should–it requires creativity and making words do what I need them to. I always kind of forget that!

It was great meeting you too–hopefully we’ll see each other again soon!

Single Mom Survived August 11, 2011 at 9:13 am

Spot on! Well said. I have been struggling with the same exact thing. I did not start writing, or blogging, to become a branding machine. Though I’ve done it lately I am not at all comfortable with it and I will not do it again. It stiffles and distracts from the art of the craft. High fives to you.

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Thank you! I think there is a definite skill to writing the brand/promotional posts…and I struggle with them. I much prefer just talking, via my keyboard.

Kim August 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

So well said! In my heart of hearts, I would like to be a ‘capital W’ writer one day, but for now, I blog. And I blog knowing there’s a difference. Like you, I started reading blogs years ago to read stories & I started writing a blog to tell stories. I’m a storyteller in real life, too, so blogging is very natural for me. I’ve slacked off lately. Apparently summer zaps my creativity because I’ve got nothing. But when I’m blogging, I love it, regardless of how many people read it.

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I think summer zaps EVERYONE’S creativity (come on fall, my reader is sad and lonely!). But I think there’s something to be said too for only writing when you actually have something to say (says the girl who posts almost every weekday, even if I don’t have something to say!).

Jamie August 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

Amen, Ginger, Amen! I’m relatively new to blogging and attended just one day of the BlogHer conference (and I accosted you in the drink line at Cheeseburger). There’s a whole ‘nother side to blogging that I got to glipse by observering the many savvy people in attendance at the conference. While I admire their ingenuity and ambition, I’m also just hoping to tell my little stories and hopefully make some personal connections. That’s enough for me for now. Thanks for this post which completely validates how I was feeling!

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I do admire the folks who can do it. I’ve spent three years blogging and am only just figuring out that I don’t have it in me. I give them nothing but props.

But I’ll take my little space and my connections and be happy with that.

(Also? Not being able to find you to talk after you “accosted” me at Cheeseburgher is one of the only regrets I have from BlogHer. Not even kidding, I was so bummed not to get to talk more with you, because you totally made my day!).

Jamie August 11, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Aw thanks! I wish I had figured out the whole BlogHer thing a little sooner so I could have mapped out a more careful cyber-stalking strategy to ensure maximum opportunity for glomming onto you and some of the other cool people I’m discovering! Next time!

Brooke August 11, 2011 at 9:46 am

You mean that blogging giveaways isn’t writing?!

I agree with you to a point, though I do think the tools we use in blogging can be just as helpful as the tools people use in writing. Writers (ones who do this for a job) judge success by payment per word, by prestige of publication, by book deals and bestseller lists. Bloggers use tools too- SEO, stat counters, etc. In both of these worlds, it allows us to conceptualize our reach and understand how readers find our stories.

One of the things that bothered me, as I think we discussed, at BlogHer was this idea that we only blog for ourselves. If that’s true, why blog? Why not journal? I have to believe that most people who blog do so for some reason outside of themselves, whether it’s support, community, money, or some other external factor. I blog to share my story, to give voice to others who’ve walked down a similar path. But I’ve also found a way to use the tools at my disposal to expand my reach so that my story gets shared with the people who need it most. That doesn’t make me any less a writer.

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm

You’re right, writers have had tools for ever and some of the tools available now are just an extension of that. I mean, in reality, grammar is just a tool, right? In that sense, I do think that you make a really good point.

And absolutely. I think I would blog without (many) readers, but honestly? I put so much energy into it because I want people to read. I want people to talk back. I want to not feel so alone. I would be lying if I said otherwise. I think most of us would (as we talked about).

One last point (because I am a wordy bitch sometimes). I don’t think that wanting to spread your story, or make money, or help share other people’s stories, or EVEN, if I stop to think about it, writing about toothpaste makes someone less of a writer. There are various kinds of writing, clearly. I guess I should make the distinction that it’s about the KIND of writing, and what the goal of your blog comes down to.

Fearless Formula Feeder August 11, 2011 at 9:56 am

I just wrote something similar in my BlogHer recap post. I could not agree more. It’s really been on my mind lately, because I was lucky in that I had no direct “competition” in my little niche, so I felt I had the freedom to write rather than market, and I could still reach a readership. That’s all changed in the past few months, and especially as I’m back to square one with the book, I feel I need to step it up a notch. I can’t bring myself to just post for the hell of posting though, which is one of those “blogger” things you have to do to increase your stats… if I don’t feel inspired, I don’t write. So maybe my blog will fade into oblivion…. but I still would rather have that happen than publish crap….

FWIW, you are one of my blogging heroes, because I think you balance the writing/blogging thing perfectly. Your stuff is beautifully written, but you have remained a notable voice in the community as well. I have mad respect for that.

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Oh, GOWAN with the compliments. I dunno about notable voice, but I do feel like I have a voice, which is a big part of why I love blogging.

I do think that with a niche blog, like yours, it gets harder to just keep posting. For me, I can pretty much always find something rattling around in my brain to jot down–it may not always be awesome, but I can usually come up with something. For you, or other niche blogs, I think that would be SO hard to continue to find the passion about one or two topics. I have major respect for those of you who do it, no matter how often it is!

Cheryl August 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

I am a blogger. I’ve never had any aspirations to be a writer. I can string together a coherent sentence and I’ll never let go of my serial commas. Lately I’ve found it difficult to share using my words. I’ve turned back to the hobby that’s more satisfying for me: photography. I have no illusions that I’m a photographer. I like to take pictures, my eye is good, and I’ve finally gotten a handle on some of the tools of digital editors.

Every day I hop into the blogosphere and roam is a day I leave in awe of the writers and the photographers among us.

Glad I stumbled across this today. I needed to read what you wrote. Like you, there are times when the sentences I put together come from a shadowy place inside that yells, “I may not aspire to be more than a blogger, and wow, that was a damn fine piece of writing.”

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I think there’s some correlation with photography–I think if it inspires you and brings you a connection, then whether you’re a “pro” or not, you can call yourself a photographer. Or a writer.

I’m glad you got something out of this post–that’s my favorite, when I know that I’m not the only one who’s feeling (or felt) how I’m feeling!

Anne August 11, 2011 at 10:55 am

I couldn’t agree more. I don’t even check the stats on my piddly little blog, and I don’t bother with ads because I know I’ll never even make enough to hit the “cash out” threshold. I blog because it makes me happy. Because I love sharing, and most of all, I love making connections with other bloggers. I blog for the people. Everything else is just gravy.

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 9:11 pm

“I blog because it makes me happy. Because I love sharing, and most of all, I love making connections with other bloggers. I blog for the people. Everything else is just gravy.”

This. Exactly. EXACTLY!

Amanda @ The Lungos August 17, 2011 at 8:06 am

This.

This is why I blog and I couldn’t have written it any better.

Your post hit the nail on the head for me, too.

Amy {frugan} August 11, 2011 at 11:44 am

I blog because I love to write, and I am pretty damn sure my blog will never be a successful brand. I work as a copywriter and don’t have much interest in coming home to perfect my own brand.

Seems like I’m not doing blogging “right” nowadays, but I still think It’s the storytellers that are ultimately the most distinctive. So many blog brands grow so big, they all add similar features, and they start to resemble each other. I don’t know, but there’s a part of me that thinks the writers will be the last ones standing when the blogworld implodes. Maybe?

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Oooh, that’s an interesting theory. I know there are talks about the “bubble” bursting on the business of blogging (holy alliteration batman), which if true would either mean the blog “dies” or returns to those who do it for reasons besides the money.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks August 11, 2011 at 11:44 am

As I read the beginning of this post, I got a little huffy. Your distinction between Writer and Blogger makes Writers seem like this elitist group where casual Bloggers do not qualify to belong. And I totally disagree with that conclusion. Mis- or overusing grammar means that’s your Writing style (there are writers who are famous for their long and rambling sentences!). Period. So, I’m glad to see you’re starting to look at yourself as possibly being a Writer, because you are (and a damn good one in my humble opinion).

Second, I read probably 20-30 blogs regularly. NONE of them are focused on making money off their blog. It’s why I steer clear of a number of big blog celebrities … because, it’s hard for me to really trust their word when I know money or products are the driving force behind what they write. I much prefer the blogger who writes because he/she wants to write, enjoys writing and wants to connect with his/her readers.

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm

It has been a process to change my mindset. And the thing that’s funny to me is I would probably call MOST of the “casual” bloggers I read writers–it’s just been ME that I didn’t think to use the title. I dunno, I can’t always explain my brain.

KT August 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Like Nilsa, I tend to not read any of the *big* bloggers because they are getting paid to do what they do. Does it affect their writing? Will they tell their stories or do they censor themselves?

I’m don’t consider myself a writer. I don’t do it for fame or money. I do it for the feedback, the community (even if I am anonymous), etc. And that won’t change. Too much of that other stuff and it starts to feel like a job- and I already have one of those that I hate! 🙂

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I won’t lie, there was a time when I was thinking that I could make blogging my job. But I just don’t have it in me. I’d just rather do what I’m doing, you know?

Trina August 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I agree with you and enjoyed our conversation about blogger vs Journalist (which is more of the question in my blogging niche). I think our writers at GA have the balance and kindof teeter between the two.

My struggle is, I have a personal blog: http://www.thegamingangel.com I meant to post about the behind the scenes of running an online community. But now I seem to do that and personal stuff. After Blog Her I organized my categories on the site and am planning a design makeover to better showcase the blog. But what I struggle with is the personal still isn’t all that personal. I’m scared to put it out there because I have an online personality of being this CEO and Founder of GA.

Recently I wrote a post about Matt & I TTC. I published it, and then unpublished it. Not that anyone reads my blog, but I was scared to put something so personal and honest out there. That maybe that’s not even the place if I’m going to talk about running a community. But does that mean I need yet another blog to do that? Or does mixing professional and personal online really work?

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I do think you have a challenge, because you are the public face of your company. But like all bloggers, you have to figure out what lines you’re willing to cross. I have a LOT I won’t blog about–not because I wouldn’t love to, but because I’m not willing to put that stuff out there. Everything I put out there, I’m ok with everyone from my mom to my boss to my husband to my sisters reading if they found it. So you can do personal without doing ALL personal, but it’s about finding that line you’re not willing to cross.

I do know people who have personal blogs and professional blogs. They don’t have to be tied together, but you still have to figure out whether you’d be ok if someone from your work at GA found out about what you write on your personal blog.

trina August 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I found a solution! For things that are just too-personal or out of place with the message I’m trying to get through on thegamingangels or gamingangels, I bought a good old paper journal! That way I still get my thoughts written out, but no one but me sees them. ^_^

Sela Toki January 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Interesting that you should mention this Ginger. About “…personal without doing ALL personal…” And also what Trina says, “…things that are just too-personal…” For me, there is definitely a line I won’t cross. There are some things I’d rather keep in the privacy of my very own paper journal or diary. Then there are other things that I’d gladly share or sadly share with bloggers everywhere.

Erin August 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

YOU? Are a writer.

It’s funny how BlogHer was inspiring and almost discouraging all in the same breath.

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Yeah, I have LOTS of conflicting thoughts about BlogHer. TONS of good, but lots that made me really think and question, you know?

emily @ the happy home August 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

i sort of know what you mean. for my current blog, i’ve been trying to be a bit more of an online lifestyle magazine, but i really miss just telling STORIES. i’ve been an online blogger/journaler/storyteller since my teens. i like getting people from thought process point A to thought process point B. i feel like i’ve always been a writer, and have always written to illuminate. except for right now. for some reason, my posts don’t have the same transcendent properties as my previous writing used to.

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I dunno, your cocktails are pretty transcendent 😉

Ok, I’m being a little glib, but I can see how you feel that. I think it’s got to be really hard with the type of blog you’re doing if you’re used to telling stories. Although I think you do a good job of weaving stories into your posts, but it’s probably not the same as what you’re talking about. Do you have any plans or ideas to try and bring the storytelling in more?

Cheryl August 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Yes, yes, yes and yes!
I understand only a small fraction of the money making aspect of blogging but it’s enough to know that it isn’t my goal. I do this for the same reasons you do, to share, vent, yell, scream, etc. I do it to get my thoughts out of my own head so they make more sense to me. If, in the process, they make sense to someone else, that’s a bonus!

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm

“I do it to get my thoughts out of my own head so they make more sense to me. If, in the process, they make sense to someone else, that’s a bonus!”

Exactly! Writing is cathartic and helps me figure out what I’m really thinking. Even this post, I just sat down to write to see where my brain took me. Sometimes I’m surprised by what I end up with, and sometimes I’m not, but I ALWAYS feel better.

Hanan August 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I know exactly what you mean. I miss the story telling. I just love the connection a blog brings. Not just seeing what product is hip.

P.S. I love your WRITING!

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Thank you! I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way sometimes!

Lindsay Dianne August 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I found it really hard to come to terms with what I am, which is most definitely a writer. This is a great example of the kind of internal dialogue I suffered through as well. Being a writer requires a lot of things, but mostly it requires practice. I feel like blogging is great practice for writing.

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I always forget about the practice aspect. Writing is like all other things, it only gets better with practice. So if I want my blog to be better at storytelling…I have to practice by telling stories.

Megan August 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I love this. And I feel the same way. Being at BlogHer made me realize that I need to do a lot of work to my blog just to GET people to read it. And I agree with Brooke, I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t care about who reads me. Obviously, I blog, tweet the links, and do the occasional link-up because I want people to read my blog. But, like you, it’s about the story-telling. It’s about sharing what I FEEL like writing about, not writing something just to drive traffic, to ultimately make money.

And I agree with what FFF said about you being a blogging hero. You rock it here in this space, and you do it on top of being one of the busiest people I know!

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I think BlogHer gave us all a lot of things to think about. I’m still trying to process everything I’m thinking, but this is a big one, figuring out what I want to make this space into. Let’s see what that ends up meaning in coming days.

And stop it with the compliments. You’re too much.

OurLittleAshley August 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm

There are lots of bloggers who just talk about their days. (No, thanks.)

Then there are blogger who do so and are funny. (Now we’re getting somewhere.)

Then there are bloggers who do so and make you think. (THIS is why I read blogs!)

In my estimation, you’re a writer, a great writer, and I really enjoy your posts because they make me think.

I don’t blog to make money or gain fame. I’ve had a lot more perks than I expected through blogging, but I blog because I love to write and I love to connect. 🙂

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 10:32 pm

The perks I”ve gained from blogging have been numerous…money, not so much. I think that’s part of what my realization is too–I’m SO HAPPY with the connections and relationships so why am I chasing anything else?

I’m so glad to have the connections–the friends!–and that makes it all worthwhile to me.

clara August 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm

This is the second post about defining writers & bloggers that I’ve read in two days. Weird.

My party line position is: if you’re writing, you’re a writer. No one has to put up a blog and write posts exposing her thoughts and feelings. No one forced you to do this. You did it because you wanted to, because you like to communicate using the written word.

But would I introduce myself to someone as “a writer”? I would not. It defines me, but not in a professional way. Even though I write every day, even though I use it to make sense of my world, even though it is the thing I do most after looking after my kids, I don’t list it at the top of the things that describe me.

I don’t get paid for being a mother, either, and I would definitely tell people that I was one, when meeting them. And I’ve been a writer way longer than I’ve been a mother.

Hmmm. Muddled. Thanks for the thought-provoking and very well-written post.

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Why am I not surprised that your comment makes me think more than my original post did?

I’m not sure I’d ever be able to say “I’m a writer” to anyone in my day to day life. Partly because I have a few other descriptors that come to mind first. But there is something about the not getting paid part that does seem to put even more of a barrier there.

It does seem like writers fall into that category of people that have a hard time OWNING their role. Is it because we’ve built the arts into something that is considered frivolous? (whoa, I might be going too far afield from where I started).

Cloud August 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I wrote a whole post recently about why I blog, so I won’t rehash that here.

What this post got me thinking about is my half-formed opinion that we’re living in really interesting times for “content producers”- be they writers, bloggers, journalists, or whatever- and interesting times are always half blessing, half curse. The rules are changing, and no one is really sure what the new rules are going to be. Self-publishing, blogging, the decline of traditional print journalism- they’re all mixed together in a big confusing mess right now. Eventually, people will probably look back and think that what ever new way the world is was inevitable, but in reality, we’re all inventing it.

So I write a blog that will almost certainly never make me much money, but I’m OK with that. But what about the people who do want to make money? Am I hurting them by giving away for free what they want to charge for? Or can their higher quality standards make up that difference? I don’t know. I hope so, because I’d hate to be partially responsible for the loss of the “professional” writing I love to read. But at the same time, I love reading some “non-professional” blogs, and I can’t imagine giving up writing my blog anytime soon.

So. Interesting times.

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 11:15 pm

We do live in interesting times. There’s a reason the publishing industry is in turmoil (well, there are a lot of reasons, but you hit one of them here). Professional writing is evolving, that’s for sure, as are the fields of marketing, publicity, journalism, and more I’m sure that I’m not able to call to mind at 11pm.

At the same time, there will always be a place for content producers to make money…it just depends on how. Let’s take publishing. Despite the repeated claims of publishing’s demise, there are massive increases in the number of books published every year. And that’s traditionally published. So good writing is finding its way out. It just may take a different form. But that means being open to new opportunities instead of holding onto the way it’s always been done.

So, like you say, interesting times. Half blessing, half curse, but interesting on both sides.

Elizabeth August 11, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I’ve heavily whittled my list of blogs I ‘must read even when life is way to swamped to read blogs’ down to those who I consider to be writers or thinkers. You’re most definitely on that list, so I’m glad you’re starting to think of yourself in that way.

I like the idea of taking blogging seriously, which probably doesn’t make much sense given the paucity of my recent posts, but what I mean is that I really appreciate writers who post when they have something meaningful to say–writers like you.

Ginger August 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I think part of what I got from BlogHer was the idea that I can be a “serious” blogger even if I’m not super popular or making lots of money (read: hardly any). I can take my blog seriously, post often, spend time on it even if all I’m getting is JUST the connections. I think for a while I had been feeling like I was wasting my time if I wasn’t trying to build it to something bigger.

Which is just dumb. Blogging (and writing) brings me joy, so why does it need to be anything beyond that?

Andi August 13, 2011 at 9:29 am

I have struggled with this definition as well, and have even blogged about it. And I came to a similar conclusion, I blog for the joy that it brings me, I stumbled upon by chance and it has fulfilled a creative gap that I never knew I was missing. I can’t imagine my life without it and I am passionate about it. Whether that makes me a blogger or a writer, some days the answer is different!

vicki archer August 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm

It would seem to me that you are very much a writer…..Blogging is so many different things to every ‘writer’ and that is the beauty because no two blogs are ever the same….Yet we are all united in and connected by our love of blogging…..xv

Broot January 19, 2012 at 12:52 am

Yes. I’m not here for the money, either. I just need to write things out so I can understand them in my own head.

Leigh Powell Hines (@Hinessightblog) January 19, 2012 at 4:10 am

Came over from Sits today. Great post. I’m new blogging, and am on my second year. I enjoyed reading your thoughts and perspective on this.

sheri January 19, 2012 at 4:20 am

I really liked this post – I started blogging 1 year ago (!!) – with NO formal writing background (I’m a landscape designer). So it’s weird and lovely and funny to me when someon compliments me on my writing. Or when I have to put “blogger” on my title when I’m submitting something realated to the site. So I appreciate your warm and honest take on this subject! Oh, found you through SITS, by the way!

Ginger January 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I think that’s part of it for me–for so long I’ve been a reader, not a writer, that it surprises me when that descriptor comes out! But I find myself enjoying it more and more!

Kimberly at Rubber Chicken Madness January 19, 2012 at 4:34 am

My mother’s an editor. She’s very traditional in her grammar, punctuation and semantics.

Then there’s me. She ‘s finally stopped worrying about my nonconformist writing style. She gets that sometimes the idea is more important than the rules.

Ashley January 19, 2012 at 6:50 am

I was a total bookworm growing up, and I loved writing almost as much. Highschool English killed my love for it. And then in university the only writing I had time to do was for research reports.

Slowly, I’m finding that flame rekindling. Do I considering myself a writer? Absolutely not, but I really enjoy the ACT of writing through blogging. As my blog gets older (coming up on a year in a few months), I’m noticing a tremendous difference in the flow and feel of what I’m putting out there into the world. It’s fun, it’s challenging, and it’s an outlet.

I’m so glad to have discovered SITS, and through SITS, your blog. I love what you’ve got to say!

Ginger January 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I started noticing a difference after a few months of blogging for me too–I found that I wanted to make the words work better (even if I do just sort of brain dump half the time). It’s about intention in a lot of way–what’s my intent with a given post. Some posts I’m definitely more a writer than other times…

Gianna January 19, 2012 at 7:26 am

This is such an awesome post! (and I love your word pictures–brain leaking out your fingers!)

I have a blog that I’m using to try to make money (yeah, I haven’t made much yet! Nothing to be excited about about anyway). But I have a blog that I tell my stories.

But one day I want to be a WRITER. I always have since I was 10 years old. While Blogging isn’t making me a better Writer, at least I’m letting the words out.

One day I will start taking classes and really Write.

Thanks! I loved to reading this!

Ginger January 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I would argue, though, that the practice blogging gives you can LEAD to becoming a becoming a writer, if you want it to. My husband (an artist) always says that his creative success comes as much from practicing his art as it does from talent!

Jessie Powell January 19, 2012 at 8:09 am

I am a writer who blogs. It definitely came in that order for me. And I’m not sure if you can really be a blogger without being a writer as well, even if you don’t consider it your forte. (Is real writing REALLY about the comma splices? Surely not.) Yes, grammatical mistakes can get in the way of a reading. But sometimes, grammatical quirks can create a unique voice in a way that ‘perfect’ writing can’t do.

Ginger January 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I think a lot of it has to do with what your idea of “writer” is (or, I guess I should say, what MY idea of writer is). Yes, you absolutely have to write to have a blog, but not everyone who blogs takes the same care with words and stories. I think that’s my barometer of a writer–someone who puts the words at the forefront, whatever they’re talking about.

I clearly still mull on this a lot!

MommyCribNotes.com January 19, 2012 at 9:22 am

Great post and I love your header and sense of humor. I’m a new follower! Happy SITS day.

Lisa January 19, 2012 at 9:28 am

I, too, am a reader. But everyonce in a while an epiphany strikes and I am a writer. Just not sure I have an audience that actually wants to hear it.

Ginger January 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I sometimes think you have to prime your audience for the epiphanies. If they’re not used to hearing them, they may need to absorb it a little more than otherwise.

But I also think it’s important to write those things for yourself too, not just your audience!

Classic NYer January 19, 2012 at 10:44 am

I see that you blog for the same reasons that I blog, and that’s awesome! But I think you sell yourself short by not considering yourself a writer. I consider myself a writer and I think your writing style is beautiful.

Marie Cole January 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I would say you are a Writer, I am just a blogger, there is a big difference. 😉

Making Our Life Matter January 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Stopping in from SITS, and I enjoyed reading your post. This is a good point, because there are some days I don’t think I am either!

Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos January 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Happy SITS Day!! I have to say – after mulling about through your home on the web, you are quite the writer – not just a blogger. And, by your sharing you inspire us to write more. Thank you!

Ginger January 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Wow, thank you! Inspiring others to share may be one of the best compliments I’ve ever gotten!

Laura January 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Hello kindred spirit, it’s nice to meet you. I have so many random thoughts ….

I, too, sprinkle words with far too many commas, ellipses, and dashes. I know how they are supposed to be used, but I LIKE the way I use them.

I am so happy when I’m writing, but this has been a new discovery for me. I’ve always known I could do it; I just didn’t know I could love it this much.

I think right now all I know to say is, “thank you!” I like your style!

Ginger January 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

What you said here: “I am so happy when I’m writing, but this has been a new discovery for me. I’ve always known I could do it; I just didn’t know I could love it this much. ” That. Exactly! I never knew how much I could enjoy sitting down to put words to paper (or, uh, screen, as the case may be).

stephany @ home is...what you make it January 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I love this post.
I have not been to a blogging conference and not sure if I will ever go.
I don’t blog to make money.
I have never been a writer with a capital W.
I write/blog because it is fun and it makes me feel…good, better, fulfilled, not alone, released, excited, happy…and many other reasons.
Happy SITS day to you!

Ginger January 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

The good, better, fulfilled, not alone, released, excited, happy thing you mention? That’s totally my favorite part of blogging, and why I love it so. The writing thing has been a way to bring that to the front, but it’s definitely a tool to get me those rewards!

Sela Toki January 19, 2012 at 9:43 pm

So refreshing to read your blog. A new-comer to the blogging world, I must say I’m only dipping my big toe into an ocean of amazing bloggers and not to mention, unrealized opportunities. Like you, I blog because I love words and writing. I love reading about other people’s lives and therapeutically write about mine. It’s so liberating. And that’s the beauty of blogging I think. Not being pressured to doing anything else but just being yourself and writing at your own pace. Thank you for your wonderful insight.

Ginger January 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Liberating is a good word for it. Blogging has really allowed me to open myself up to so many new things…and yes, I include the idea of strengthening my writing in that!

Tricia O. January 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I know what you mean about feeling an implicit difference between writers and bloggers. I finally decided that I’m both, and I like that.

Do I write certain posts and feel that they are more “bloggy” than potential literature? Yup.

To me, the best part of blogs and writing shared on the internet is that so many of us can share so easily, and so many more “writers” can share their stories via a blog.

Happy SITS Day!

Ginger January 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Being both is definitely the best of both worlds. I definitely consider myself a little bit of both the more time wears on.

Kimberly Gauthier, Adventures in Blogging January 26, 2012 at 6:30 am

Love this post. I wrote for the Examiner Online for a couple months where I tried to get rid of my “bloggy style” of writing. It sucked so I started another blog so that I could write the way I want – I think everyone prefers a story, not just a list of facts. That’s what makes the blogging community so much fun!

Happy SITS Day.

John Logue January 9, 2016 at 10:51 am

Ah, but you ARE a writer, and an excellent one!

I have never had anything published, yet I consider myself a writer. I gave up trying to get a short story published twenty-seven years ago, when the magazine that finally accepted one of my stories went under just before they were going to print my story. I went on to write a few plays, and some of them have actually been performed. And now I blog, because, as Hemingway said, “The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.” (My wife gave me a bronze pen and pencil box engraved with that quote; she has always been AMAZINGLY supportive of my writing, even though it has earned us very little money.)

But enough about me. I wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed YOUR especially–particularly “To Everyone I Know During This Election.” I will probably be sharing it again on Facebook this year because it needs to be said, and no one has said it better than you.

Please keep writing, and if you are interested in reading something I wrote, here is a post I am particularly proud of: http://jrlogue.blogspot.com/2015/07/is-it-true-is-it-necessary-is-it-kind.html

John Logue

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