Blogging Insights # 40 – Blogging vs. Writing
I agree that sports are not a good analogy to blogging, especially for those of us that have never been involved in sports. I don’t think watching baseball counts as involvement.
Blogging is writing. There are as many types of writing as there are writers and genres. From poetry and fiction, to non-fiction, there’s a genre that covers it.
One way or the other, blogging is condensed writing. Regardless of topic, the main thing that differentiates it from other writing is that it lives entirely online and is not published as a book. In response to people who say they’ve seen blogs published as books? I’ve seen them too. They don’t read like books. They don’t even read like essays probably because they were not written as essays. The read like a bunch of blogs all lumped together in binding.
Much of what you get in your writing has to do with your intent when you wrote it. If you are writing for your audience and you’ve been writing to them for a while, you have a sense of what they will probably enjoy. You write what you want to say, but also what you think they will want to read. Sometimes, you write what you want them to read.
I try to keep blog pieces short, generally between 500 and 1000 words. I know my limits as a reader. I try to limit my blogs to an amount I would read. Most of the material I write is similar to “letters,” but to a bigger audience. I write about things that have happened to me or are planned. Some stuff is pulled out of memory. Other items are responses to news, history, remembrances, and inevitably stuff that has happened to me as recently as now.
That’s blogging for me. Short pieces for an online audience. What I write is based on what’s floating my boat this week and I don’t feel obliged to always agree with anyone, including myself. Life is change and as the world spins, my ideas change.
Sometimes blogging is my way of sorting out how I feel about something. Although I have a strongly liberal bias, I don’t want to keep pounding on the same drum. Sometimes, I can’t help myself and I feel if I don’t write about it, I’ll explode. Otherwise, it’s probably something I find interesting and hope might interest others. It might be political or personal. I try not to harp on a one subject for an extended period because I don’t want to be the blogger version of a one-trick pony.
Whatever I write I predict it will be short and focused and will include pictures.
Categories: #Blogging, Anecdote, Challenges
“Whatever I write I predict it will be short and focused and will include pictures.”
This is the kind of post I like to read.
HI Marilyn, my blog posts and my actual writing for books are two very different processes. As you mention, blogging is more relaxed, fun and spontaneous. Writing for books is more laboured and works towards a much larger long-term goal depending on the size of the book. I also try to keep my posts about 500 words. I don’t think bloggers want to read anything to long.
I know if I’m going to keep up with ANY other bloggers, if the posts go on too long, I’ll never finish them. I think blogging was originally intended as short “ideas” pieces. I do spend more time editing than I probably should, but I can’t help it. Especially because I’m not a good proofreader, no matter how many time I read it, I always miss something.
Book writing — regardless of the type of books — is a whole different experience. There’s so much more planning and editing and rewriting involved, and often, considerable research. Blogging can involve research, but usually doesn’t require a lot. I try to be accurate when accuracy is required. When I have a piece in mind that I know will require research, I wait until I have enough time to do the background before I start writing. Some pieces never get written because they need too much time.
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I agree that blogs are not intended to be long pieces. I find that if the post is long, people don’t read it properly. I always know from the comments whether the piece was read or not. I am not that good at proofing my posts although I do read them through once. I don’t spend lots of time proofing and there are mistakes sometimes. I also often have ideas for posts which never translate into actual posts because I don’t have the time to do the research. Thanks Marilyn.
Thanks for doing so, and the interesting and also entertaining information. Have a nice day! xx Michael
You have a great day too 💕
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🙏 Thank you! xx Michael