Monday, January 16, 2006

A Blogger Is Just A Writer With A Cooler Name

My name is Chris and I am a Blogger. I think that its funny that the media thinks that there isn't a difference between journalists and bloggers...well until there is one.

A Blogger Is Just A Writer With A Cooler Name

"I’ve been thinking of what I am -- about what any media person in the digital age is -- since having coffee last week with a 30-something newspaper editor who bemoaned the fact that newspapers keep on setting up blogs as these separate, exotic add-ons to their Web sites, instead of integrating blogging into their usual newsgathering operations. There’s simply no good reason to segregate the functions, he insisted.

"And it occurred to me that there is no such thing as blogging. There is no such thing as a blogger. Blogging is just writing -- writing using a particularly efficient type of publishing technology. Even though I tend to first use Microsoft Word on the way to being published, I am not, say, a Worder or Wordder.

"It’s just software, people! The underlying creative/media function remains exactly the same."