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Writer? Blogger? or Both?

Be forewarned. This post may not result in a direct answer to the question posed in the title, but I do want to wrestle with this topic.

In our internet dominated society, blogging has become not only a hobby or sometimes a hustle; some are able to make it a full-time profession. Beauty and lifestyle bloggers are what I tend to gravitate towards. Those types of bloggers are photo-heavy. You are wanting to see their style, their vacations, the products they use, etc…but for people such as myself, who use “blogging” as a writing outlet…would that make me a writer? I would like to think so. I think it depends on the type of blog you have that would determine if you are a writer or not…but let’s back up and look at the definition of a blog:

 

  1. The homies Merriam and Webster: a website that contains online personal reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks, videos, and photographs provided by the writer; also :  the contents of such a site
  2. the official website of the dictionary (aka dictionary.com)a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences,observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites.

sidebar: i’m about nerd out for a minute.

The word “blog” is a noun as well as a verb just like the word “journal” which is what I would liken a blog to. So the question is: is a blogger a writer? Well, that lead me to look up the definition of a writer, however it didn’t prove successful because “writing” was in the definition. So I looked up “author” because to me “writer” and “author” is synonymous, but I was completely surprised in seeing the definition: “the creator or orignator of something.” (Merriam-Webster); it has nothing to do with writing! You can be a software author , a film author and the list could go on and on.

But what we’re here to talk about is blogging vs. writing. How can you tell one from the other? Is there a clear cut line?

I would love to hear your thoughts about this and have this post be the catalyst for some discussion amongst bloggers, writers and authors alike.

 

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1 Comment

  • Reply Elise Brown November 20, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Wow. That’s a good question. I mostly write on my blog, so I would say I’m a writer. But I also have agricultural articles I write, journals, and more writing projects on the side. With all the blogs around, I’ve sometimes become discouraged because it seems writers have become a dime a dozen, and there are sometimes blog posts that go viral that are poorly put together grammatically and structurally. The reason they went viral was because people agreed with the premise.

    I don’t think “blogger” automatically equates with “writer.” Yes, there are often words on blogs. But sometimes people have blogs that allow them to write down random thoughts that don’t always flow together. (But then, does it have to flow together for it to be writing?) Writers can use words to make ideas flow and make sense out of scattered pieces of information, and it’s a skill and an art. The phrase, “I am writing a blog post,” is possible. But having a blog doesn’t automatically mean someone is a writer. They could be a photographer.

    Perhaps blogging is a new outlet for writing and there isn’t very much difference at all. With the dictionary.com definition of “write,” there is no set bar for the quality of the writing or the medium in which it takes place.

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