Over the next five days I will be examining the reasons that writers blog and the effects that blogging is having on the typed word.
To be a writer in the 21st century there is a prerequisite to be a blogger – or so it would seem. The days of signing an agent or a publisher – without an ‘online presence’ – are behind us. I myself have been blogging for a number of months now and have some thirty-five blog posting in my repertoire. In terms of the blogging world, I blog sporadically and a little infrequently. The reason being that I’m eager to have an stimulating topic to explore before I write. I don’t see any point writing anything unworthy of reading. That said, I also don’t write anything that I see as worthy of monetary value. By contrast, my blog is a place for me to explore, to vent, to celebrate and to express myself and indirectly to build an audience for my writing. Therefore, in many ways, I am the stereotypical writer who blogs.
Blogging is a world in which writers cut their teeth and mature in the public eye, a trend which has a two-fold effect on the typed word. It allows writers a space in which they can write and indeed to which they can ‘add value’ (See An Interview With Melissa Foster). However, it also leads to an unregulated world, void of impartial peer evaluation and quality control and therefore a world where ‘much of it is shit.’ (See An Interview With Luke O’ Neil). Moreover, in a world where writers rely on an unpaid platform to promote and instigate paid work, then an inevitable question arises? Is blogging devaluing the ‘typed’ word? Is it leading to a situation where writers are forced to work for free? And, where the quality of what’s written is diminished?