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You Blog. Does That Make You a Writer?

I'm looking for lots of feedback on this, so if you would, please use your blogger's influence to direct qualified participants to this poll.

Poll #427302 Are You a Writer?

You have an on-line journal. Does that make you a "journalist?"

Absolutely
2(2.7%)
Kinda
9(12.0%)
No
39(52.0%)
Denotatively but not conotatively
25(33.3%)

You arrange words in sequence and share the result with an audiance. To what extent does that make you a writer?

Mean: 5.05 Median: 5 Std. Dev 2.72
1
9(12.2%)
2
5(6.8%)
3
11(14.9%)
4
6(8.1%)
5
14(18.9%)
6
8(10.8%)
7
5(6.8%)
8
7(9.5%)
9
1(1.4%)
10
8(10.8%)

Okay, now pick a side. Are you a writer?

Yes
49(64.5%)
No
27(35.5%)

Blog vs. Print (Check all that apply)

They each have their strengths and weaknesses, but ultimately blogs are where it's at.
5(6.9%)
They each have their strengths and weaknesses, but print is the real deal.
8(11.1%)
Blogs? Puh-lease.
3(4.2%)
Blogs rule. Print is dead (or at least at Death's door knocking loudly).
1(1.4%)
Heck, I can barely remember if I heard/saw a story or read it, and you expect me to remember if I read it on a printed page or on a screen?
3(4.2%)
The development of electronic paper and smart ink will demolish the distinction between bloggers and so-called real writers and journalists.
8(11.1%)
I hate the word "blog."
6(8.3%)

Billions of people use the internet, but only about 8 million or so use blogs to "publish" their thoughts. What does that make you?

A super-communicator who wields more influence on the Zeitgeist than do non-bloggers.
5(6.7%)
An early adoptor whose early investment in whatever the Internet is evolving into will return a killer payoff.
2(2.7%)
An early adopter likely to become a relic if I fail to keep up with new means of getting the word out.
6(8.0%)
Immortal.
4(5.3%)
Nothing special.
58(77.3%)

What's the least you would accept in exchange for the intellectual property rights to everything you have published on the web up to this point?




How Influential is YOUR Blog?</he>

Comments

( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
kmo
Jan. 29th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
How Influential is YOUR Blog?
Folks who follow the link at the bottom of the poll expecting to find a handy little tool that allows them to enter their LJ user name, hit submit, and get a result that either flatters their ego or takes the wind out of their sails will be disapointed.

If you know of such a handy tool, please post a link to it.
carocrow
Jan. 29th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
I've had a web page since 1996, and have written online articles for webmags and a now defunct site called InfoSlim; I've also put a lot of poetry, prose and art out there with attribution but without compensation; the way the Net is, I expect the attribution will dissolve eventually as well. Sometimes I run across something I've done, like a background on a free background site, or an icon in another venue, etc. It is like finding something growing that you didn't know you planted.

As far as my LJ, it is for my personal growth and community development. It isn't a blog, and I'm not a commentator. I leave that to the pundits for the most part, though I occasionally pontificate. If I were to do that I would rather work for someone, like a newspaper, in the op/ed section, get paid and not have to worry about things like intellectual property. Having to make that an individual priority takes up too much energy on the Net; putting things out there is like loaning money. You never loan any more than you're willing to lose.
kmo
Jan. 30th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
Putting it out there
putting things out there is like loaning money. You never loan any more than you're willing to lose.

And if somebody else is making money off your stuff, you can take that as a sure sign that your on the right track in terms on content creation. Good news.
carocrow
Jan. 30th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
Re: Putting it out there
It's difficult to prevent that, unless you have a lot of money or time yourself.

Although I support artists pursuing thievery of their work, it is usually a painful, long and expensive process. So I understand why some writers won't post online, and some artists watermark everything and make you pay to look at their 'children'.

That seems to take some of the joy out of creation for me, though. I guess if some no-talent, unimaginative person wants to rip me off and makes a buck, well, there's always karma, and social pressure/shame.
collie13
Jan. 29th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
For this question:
You arrange words in sequence and share the result with an audiance. To what extent does that make you a writer?
you give no idea of what is considered 'good' or 'bad' in the 1-10 range. Is 1 a writer or a not-writer, please?
kmo
Jan. 29th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
To what extent does that make you a writer?
I leave it to you to decide what you think constitutes a little and what constitues a lot on a scale that starts at 1 and ends at 10.
weev
Jan. 29th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
You can only call yourself a journalist or a writer if you're making money at it.

Very few bloggers are.
kmo
Jan. 30th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
All about the Benjamins
That's a popular connotation, but it's not integral to the definition.

jour·nal·ist (jûrn-lst)
n.

1. One whose occupation is journalism.
2. One who keeps a journal.
carocrow
Jan. 30th, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
You can call yourself a writer if you never produce anything that is ever published; the act of writing makes you a writer.

Just like someone who flings paint at a canvas can call themselves an artist, even if they never sell anything.
litter_ladder
Jan. 30th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
why are you collecting this data?
kmo
Jan. 30th, 2005 04:06 am (UTC)
motivation
I wrote this poll after listening to a story on NPR this morning.

Link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4461850
litter_ladder
Jan. 30th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
Re: motivation
Thanks. How long will you leave the poll open for?
kmo
Jan. 30th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: motivation
I'll leave it open indefinitely.
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