Let’s face it: bloggers are often considered lightweights in the literary world: “children of a lesser God.” We often garner the same response as “domestic engineers” when people in social gatherings ask us what we do.
In fact, there’s a certain smugness and subtle disregard that occurs whenever I discuss my blog work and associated awards even among writing peers.
It’s not much different than when our kid comes home with the “opus” created in his art class at school. We smile and pat him on the head for not coloring outside the lines, and then send him off to play. Still not convinced?
The prevailing mindset that blogging is not seen as “serious writing” is echoed by Hubspot blogger, Lindsay Kolowich Cox. In a recent post she shares:
Word to the wise: Blogging may not require a college degree or formal training to break into and it’s definitely not rocket science.
Still, it’s a genre of writing that merits respect; no different than screenwriting, journalism, poetry or technical writing.
Consider the following stats and studies:
For example, Yuwanda Black, a blogger over at Inkwell Editorial, was approached in 2016 by Adams Media to pen a book titled “The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guide.”
She shares in an interview at Pen & Prosper, that she never even pitched or queried them.
Adams Media discovered her randomly through her blog and information products, (and the rest as they say is history.)
Though many are called, few are chosen. Blogging is extremely competitive and requires a strategic approach to stand out and stay relevant. Not everyone can pull it off or do it well. It’s the reason that so many sites actually end up folding within the first few years. It’s much harder than it appears, Charlie Brown. :-)
Blogging requires discipline, commitment, creativity, time management, effective communication skills, technical skills, courage, the ability to engage and consistency.
And blogging during a pandemic?
It demands laser-like focus and a real sense of purpose.
Now, that’s a tall order!
So, if you’re a blogger reading this blog, hold your head up high.
Your work may not lead to a cure for Cancer or the Corona Virus, or result in world domination.
You may not even have “the moves like Jagger.”
But your work inspires, informs, empowers, entertains and educates the masses.
And that’s not too shabby either!
Cheers to you!
Agree or disagree?
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