Big word, isn’t it. I used it instead of disturbed, which wasn’t quite the word I’m looking for. I’m not distressed. I’m confused.
I’ve run into a lot of blogs lately that proclaim the owners are freelance writers, past writers, wanna-be-writers, writers writers writers. I fall into the “past career writer” myself, since I was a technical writer in a past life.
Many of them are writing the exclusive best-selling novel.
Makes sense, really. People only write a lot when they want to be writers. (Writers write! That’s how the maxim goes.)
I like the argument that our blogs should be perfect so that potential employers can see what great writers/editors/proofreaders we are and hire us! But my blog is mostly anonymous. I said mostly because I know that nothing online is completely anonymous.
I bet there’s lots of you who read my posts and go “what, seriously? SHE was a WRITER? I catch grammatical mistakes ALL THE TIME! And she doesn’t keep to a style guide! Does she even edit her posts?”
Heh. Well, that’s because I’m not writing this blog to catch a publishers attention. I’m just writing about stuff because I like to write. (But yes, I do edit. Maybe just not as thoroughly as I should.)
So why am I confused? I’m not sure.
Maybe it would help if I stated the purpose in me blogging about this topic?
My purpose was to say that I’ve noticed there’s all these bloggers about who are or want to be writers. And I don’t understand why I’m not one of them. Ah there we go.
I’m confused because I’m not one of them. Although some of the bloggers did make me think “Maybe I should try writing a novel!” because at one point, the nine-year-old that I was wanted nothing more. I’m feeling a bit conflicted, too, because I haven’t stated that as my blogging purpose and maybe I should be like the cool kids and say so, even if I don’t mean it? One wants to fit in, after all.
I’m also confused because aren’t we Writers simply because we write? Sometimes daily? Aren’t we published because the public can read what we wrote, simply by visiting our blog?
At any rate, it perturbs me that so many of us writers turn to this medium to write. I suppose in the past, we would have written in journals and diaries. I suppose more writers do get read this way, even if they aren’t published in the traditional sense.
Maybe I’m more surprised than confused. Surprised that there are so many of us! Hmmm. Something to ponder.