As a young writer, we learn that it’s important to take pride in your craft. We’re taught to prepare perfect copies of work before presenting it in public. With these teachings, it’s hard not to become conceited when comparing your work to the work of ‘non-writers,’ but it’s time for writers everywhere to concede that blogs are the universal equalizer.
I’ve always viewed blogs simply as a medium, open for anyone to disseminate their thoughts, and for many, who are not skilled enough to be published elsewhere, it’s their only chance to be heard by the public. From a “Gen Y” standpoint, blogging is blogging, whether the words simply erupt directly from mind to screen, or the post is carefully written, edited, then re-written, in accordance with standard writing procedures.
So, is blogging all about the action, or the quality? Consider this…
Based on the popularity of American Idol (31.5 million viewers last night), it’s safe to say that America knows a thing or two about judging talent. While some contestants are William Hung‘s and others, Kelly Clarkson‘s, aren’t all the contestants still singers? If we look specifically at William Hung and Kelly Clarkson, a comparison of their talent or success isn’t even worth the effort, but both have derived their fame from the same physical action, through the same type of medium.
How about this…
I enjoy the game of golf, and as someone who worked at a country club for four years and used to boast a 7 handicap, I would consider myself a golfer. Tiger Woods also plays golf and I’m sure he would consider himself a golfer as well.
Should we create a new title for the way Tiger golfs, since he’s far more proficient at the game than any of his competitors?
“Hey Al, did you see Tiger out on the course today?”
“Yeah, but I heard he stopped ‘Woodsing’ after the 9th hole though because it’s so hot out”
Whether Tiger shoots a 67 or a 117, or even if he played with ice skates on (which unfortunately violates most course’s rules), he still went golfing.
So, whether you’re spending a long time, writing, proofing, then re-writing as I just have, or if you prefer to just open up with a few rants in between class, have fun and happy blogging to you.