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A Blog is Real Writing

June 9, 2009

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I have been Twittering for a while now, slowly finding interesting individuals and groups to follow. I’m not looking for lots of followers, and have ruthlessly blocked those with something to sell or porn to push (including religious porn). Mine is a modest enterprise.

Years ago I subscribed to Writer’s Digest, and I still occasionally pick up the annual Writer’s Market. I recently stumbled upon a former WD editor, Maria Schneider (http://twitter.com/mariaschneider), who sends along a well-paced, interesting, but still prudent number of Tweets each day. I don’t twitter for chat, I twitter for information and interesting topics. On May 29 her short remark at 8:59am caught my attention: Saying writing for a blog isn’t real writing is like saying talking on the phone isn’t real talking. I’ve skipped blogging for years, partly because I’ve been busy being paid to write, but partly because I didn’t take them seriously. They were rarely a reliable source of information, they were the worst kind of venting or hearsay or something that should be entered in a book with a cheap brass lock and stored under a bed pillow. But things have changed, and the ability to network these ideas (that I am only beginning to grasp) and use durable links to reliable sources is interesting.

After years of writing at a couple of sites under monikers, I decided to write in my own name, and to launch this blog I shared some natural history observations observations (David Quammen, look out!). Soon I noticed in the stats for my Photobucket images that they’re linked to an amalgamation of posts on a blog out of Indiana. No link back to me, and my name doesn’t appear on it. I’m new at this, and I’ll figure out how to sign every post, and make a link back to the blog. I’ll keep copies in a file. I don’t expect the world to beat a path to my door, but I’d like credit if I’m quoted.

There are a few others I am “following” who are silent. I’d like to hear what they have to say, so I hope they decide Twitter is worth the learning curve. @TerryGross, @MalcolmGladwell, @NeilTyson, and @BillMoyers, are you listening?

I’ll sort out how to organize my pages, and keep this going. I find I get more writing done for work when I get some writing done for myself as well. For years it has seemed that the opposite was true, but now, it’s not.

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  1. adamtree permalink
    June 9, 2009 5:28 am

    I also use Twitter mainly for informational purposes. It makes a great filter when you follow people who consistently add value to your stream, and I discover many interesting, useful and fun things through the recommendations of other Twitter users.

    I applaud you for taking on a blog in your own name. I put a lot of thought into whether or not I would use my real name on my blog. Blogging is real writing, no matter what term you want to use for it, and it takes guts to own up to your writing at times.

    -James A Woods

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