I am faced with this question everyday. Someone either refers to me as a writer or a blogger and I always wonder which one is more appropriate. Of course, both can apply at once. One thing I don’t like is that it seems that bloggers are less respected than writers, but they are doing the same thing, a lot of bloggers are writers as well.
I don’t like it when I tell someone that I am a blogger and they go and look at it and go, what am I supposed to do? It is probably the stupidest question someone has ever asked me to do. It’s like someone coming out of the bathroom with the toilet paper in their hand with a perplexed expression proclaiming ignorance as to the white towels purpose! My response is usually polite, but my insides are screaming, You read it you f*cking moron!
Anyway, I digress, I have surfed over hundreds upon hundreds of blogs, and to be honest with you, I have not been impressed. I have looked at them for completeness. I have looked at them for writing quality, and of course content. What really got to me while looking at the different blogs available, people basically bullshit their way through the English language, and leave you wondering what the hell you read. I don’t mean a blog like Engadget, GeekNewsCentral or Roosters Rail, I mean blogs like Cathy’s Happy Spot. To me, that conjures up some pretty interesting imagery and certainly doesn’t make me think of wholesome poetry and rhyme.
The question is and I don’t have the answer, what makes you a blogger and not a writer or a writer and not a blogger. I don’t think it is whether you have written in magazines or for news websites. I am not sure however you have to have written a book to be considered a writer. I think it might be state of mind, but then again, I don’t know.
My apologies if I sound like an asshole for saying that for the most blogs I have looked at appear to be the work of teenage angst. When I go blog surfing, I come across 10 blogs out of 50 that are worth more than 10 seconds, it seems that something has to JUMP out at me!
I don’t think there is any right way to blog but I think there are some simple guidelines that you can tick off to make sure that you have written something that someone else is going to read. If you write about the dust in your belly button who gives a flying fart what you have to say? I always find it fascinating when someone tells me they have no traffic on their blog and I go and look at it and discover that they have about 3 posts all consisting of belly-button staring egotistical nonsense!
I decided early on the get a general idea of what the blogosphere temperature is on any given day I choose to blog. The best place to do this of course is, Technorati. Technorati, where the sidewalk ends for blogging at the moment. Technorati is where blogs and content are indexed and a tag cloud is created so that you can see what others are blogging about. If you are blogging for traffic, choose something there, you are sure to get some hits. It is however slightly boring to just to your copy everyone and start to bullshit your way through a blog entry, easpecially if you have no idea what you are talking about. I suppose my best advice is, blog about something you know about! – So, if I were you, I would ignore this entire entry –
I am not saying I know much about blogging, hell my English is probably butchered, but I am a writer.. just remember that 😉 And of course Comments Welcome