For this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know…
Have you written (or do you still write) for print media? How do you find that different from blogging or writing for electronic media? Which do you enjoy more, and why?
Back when I was working I used to write and submit articles to various trade journals and had about a dozen published in several such journals. Other than that, the only published items I wrote were angry letters to the editor.
One of the things I find different about print versus electronic media is that once you’ve posted something on a blog, it’s out there in cyberspace (or the blogosphere, if you prefer) pretty much forever. But I’ve no doubt that my letters to editor that were published and my trade journal articles, especially those published in trade journals that no longer exist, have faded into oblivion. In fact, I’m sure that the courtesy copies of those articles the publishers gave me are the only ones in existence anymore. And I know this because when I Googled my name, not even one of those old published printed media articles came up in the search.
As to which format I enjoy more, it’s blogging. Why? Because it’s 100% mine. I own it. I choose what to publish and when. And there’s no one telling me I have to submit a 1,500 word article on a particular topic by a certain date in order to get it published in the next issue.