January 12, 2007

Should a blogger long to be a columnist?

Eric Zorn -- who says he "felt like a slacker sharing the stage" with me last night -- compares blogging and column-writing. He does both, so maybe he's not biased. Of course, everyone blogs, and only a few people have newspaper columns...

4 comments:

Too Many Jims said...

"(note that some writers consider this an advantage of column writing; not [sic] also that interactivity also subjects one to rude, splenetic, ridiculous people as well)"

As he points out, a trivial typo like this is easily correctable. It does, however, point out another difference between blogging and column writing -- an editor. I wonder if editors are a "pro" or a "con".

Nee said...

or a proof reader.

I blog cuz i`m a wanna be

Anonymous said...

I started writing columns in the late 90's because I wanted to be a columnist. After a year and half of getting no interest (well, I got interest but no one wanted to pay me) I got the hint. Now I write just because I have to with no ulterior motives.

There's nothing intrinsically wrong with a blogger wanting to be a columnist. The up side is you spend more effort in everything from sourcing to editing and spelling.

Anonymous said...

I'm of the minority that not only do I want to Blog, but I want to write a column. I am in the midst of a book right now (non-fiction). My posts are lengthy, but detailed. If I had a column, my words would reach more people.