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.
Melissa Foster kindly agreed to an interview with me as part of my research into blogging and the value of the typed word. Melissa is a best-selling author and a role model for anyone struggling in the indie and self-publishing market. She has previously written about how self-publishing can have a negative effect on the quality of the publishing industry. Therefore, she proved a very interesting person to speak to with regards blogging and the publishing industry.
You’ve suggested that ‘self-published authors are devaluing the written word’. What impact do you think bloggers are having on it?
I actually think bloggers add value to the Internet world. Everyone has an opinion, and it’s interesting and conversation worthy (most times) to gain insight into many different opinions. I’m personally thankful to many bloggers who have become my personal friends and colleagues.
Don Charisma kindly agreed to an interview with me with regards to my research on blogging and its effect on writers. Don is an avid blogger who is clearly eager to promote himself and his brand through blogging. Therefore, an interview with him proved very worthwhile in learning about blogging as a form of self-promotion.
Do you use blogging as a way of promoting your work?
Yes. First and foremost I believe promoting the brand, business or individual comes first. So my blog is partially about that. I work in partnership with another guy. We have a web design/development/seo firm http://DonCharisma.com, which is promoted (a little) out of http://DonCharisma.org
Luke O’ Neil very kindly agreed to be interviewed as part of my research into blogging and the value of the typed word. Luke is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe, Esquire, Bullett & MTV Buzzworthy. He has previously suggested the necessity for young writers to give away their work for free and he is a blogger himself. I asked Luke some questions in order to gain a greater understanding of his opinions and his experiences. Luke’s answers give an interesting insight into blogging & writing and further provided sound advice for any novice writer.
At what point do you believe that written work becomes worthy of a monetary value?
Well, a capitalistic reading of it would say that if someone is willing to pay you for them then it has value, and if they aren’t then it doesn’t. But that’s a bit simplistic, because you may have simply not found the appropriate marketplace in which to sell your goods. I think most people, if they’re being honest, can tell when they’ve done something that has taken time and effort and is something that someone would actually want to read. Although this sort of perspective comes with having spent time in the business, so maybe most younger writers are clueless and think everything they’ve done is great. That’s probably the case now that I think of it. I was an idiot when I was young too.