I’m a Published Writer…Barely

After two years of dedicated blogging I have finally been published! Okay, it was only in the local Argus Courier newspaper (they featured my Location Independent post). But, it still counts. I will still be checking this one off the old Bucket List.

Does this officially make me a writer?

Being published raised all sorts of questions surrounded by this one: Is there a difference between being a writer and a blogger? As a blogger I write. A lot. People read what I write. A little. When do you turn from blogger to writer? Or are all bloggers writers?

I have interrogated several folks and have heard everything from "if you are writing a blog, you are a writer" to "you are only a writer if you get paid for your work".

What do you think?

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  1. Miranda November 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Congrats! One of my long term goals is to have something published as well. I consider anyone who puts fingers to keyboard to share whether with themselves or others is a writer!

  2. Elle November 15, 2010 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Congrats on your accomplishment!  That's awesome!  As far as your questions are concerned, that's a very good point.  After a little deliberation, I've decided you're only a "writer" if you've been paid for your work.  But, that's just my opinion, who am I?

  3. Jessica November 15, 2010 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Congrats on being published!  I've been published through my job (press releases, op eds, etc.), but I don't count that.  You raise a question that has been debated for decades.  I guess I don't count myself as a writer; there's quite a stigma with blogging and the traditional writing world certainly looks down on it.  I've always said that to count having accomplished my childhood dream (to be an artist) would be to sell a piece of art.  So while I'd like to say anyone who writes is a writer, anyone who creates art is an artist, probably most people in our capitalist society would only say you were a writer or an artist if you made money from it.

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  9. Kerry July 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Authors and writers can be snobbish. I think what you consider to be a writer depends on your values in life. I admit my dream is to be published, but that comes from an authentic place of simply wanting to share and connect with others. I have found plenty of meaningful connection through blogging. Blogging is the way of the future and I love it. I don’t know why I didn’t start doing it five years ago. Getting paid to do what I love would be great, but that is not from a need to be famous and more so a need to support myself and contribute to society.

    • Annette White July 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      I also have made many meaningful connections from my blog, which means so much more than getting paid 🙂

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