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“The Internet destroyed most of the barriers to publication. The cost of being a publisher dropped to almost zero with two interesting immediate results: anybody can publish, and more importantly, you can publish whatever you want.”
To be honest, I’d never really thought along these lines, but it’s true. In blogland, anyone can publish and you can publish whatever you want.
I suppose all of us have had the idea of writing a book cross our minds at some stage.
I did when I was at school and my title was “Out of The Fat into The Thin”. It was to be all about my weight issues and diet experiences, but I didn’t know much, had only really experienced failure and it was so depressing, I don’t think I wrote more than a thousand words.
These days I write about a lot of things, try to get my grammar and spelling right, but there will always be typos somewhere. I’m my worst critic so those that get overlooked are immediately rectified once noticed, regardless of how old the post is.
Whatever is published needs an audience. However, apart from written reviews on books etc, there is no direct feedback to the writer. Personally, I think that is where blogging scores.
I have to agree with you on all points Di! xo
Yes, you are right. As bloggers we get feedback from readers in a way that might not be possible with a book.
I think interaction is the best part sometimes.
Very good points. Blogging is uplifting.
This is true but I think the converse is also true – with all the content available on the internet, it is the individual who can choose to read or to ignore. With that in mind the feed back is in visits, subscriptions and if published to an e-reader or a physical printed book it is the sales… The end result is a lot of dreck and some real gems that normally wouldn’t make the publishing cut!
Very true Val
Very true, the instant feedback in blogging is a true winner.
I think it is the instant feedback and constant interaction that keeps most of us hooked to blogging.
To me, it’s the best bit.