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:
- 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
- the official website of the dictionary (aka dictionary.com):
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.