Written By: Adam Dince
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to meet a community of incredible people at the 2014 Minnesota Blogger Conference. One of the goals of my session, “Google and People Friendly Blogging“, was for attendees to leave a little more inspired than when they arrived.
For a few weeks leading up to the conference, I had the opportunity to follow quite a few of the attendees on Twitter and spent a lot of time reading through their blogs. The diversity of topics and subject-matter expertise combined with the quality of writing and commitment to readership, blew me away. It left me thinking, “Who am I to get in front of this audience and speak about writing quality content?”
It also left me with a new way of thinking about our profession that I shared in a slide:
You don’t blog, you write. You’re not a blogger, you’re a writer!
Have you ever heard an author say, “I magazine” or “I newspaper”? How about, “I’m a magaziner” or “I’m a newspaperer”? Probably not. A blog is a Website where content is published. We’re not Websiters. A blog is a shortened version of term Web log. I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer not to be known as a Web logger!
Also, “blogging” to me, doesn’t quite capture the artistry involved in weaving a meaningful story together. I love Kerouac’s commentary on writers:
“Genius gives birth, talent delivers. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again. Born writers of the future are amazed already at what they’re seeing now, what we’ll all see in time for the first time, and then see imitated many times by made writers”
Writers seldom get a reprieve from the inspiration to create. The world appears to us in ways that must be written about. And our readers expect consistency in delivery–as our lives becomes part of theirs.
To the incredible writers that put heart and soul in to everything they do, this article’s for you!