I found an interesting blog article and was cruising along, getting informed as I read it, and then stopped full stop at the end of the article. And I mean FULL-STOP. The little bio-author line at the end of the article read (edited):
About the Author:
Fred Something is the author of the popular fredjazzsomethinghere.com blog which focuses on the music styles and history of new and old jazz music.
…is the author of…. Wow!
Okay, so sometimes I’m ahead of the game keeping you informed of what is happening in the “now” of WordPress and blogging, but this is a thought I come late to the game with. You are a published author if you have a blog.
Did you make this “published” and “author” connection?
I’m a writer. I’ve published so many articles in so many mediums, I’ve lost count. I’ve also written books and have been dealing with book publishers on and off for years. But the thought that I’m the author of this blog, and the rest of my websites and blogs, caught me by surprise.
It also made me sit up and think about the responsibilities of being an author.
You Are the Author of Your Blog
The act of hitting the Publish button on your WordPress blog is as close as modern technology gets to the printing press ON button. Without the struggle of ink, paper, binding, marketing, distribution, and advertising, you are a published author at that moment. No longer do you need to face endless meetings with publishers, distributors, and editors who want to thrash your work into little pieces on the ground, step on them, and then bring out the glue and scissors and start piecing your story back together.
I think that’s pretty profound.
It takes the concept of a blog as a diary, a personal journal, and opinionated babble, into the realm of books. Of magazines. Newspapers. Of published works. Wow!
You can tell that I’m still dealing with this new twist on the concept of being a published author with my blogs. So while I deal and inner debate with the issue, what do you think? Did you make this connection immediately or did it take some time? Do you think being known as a “blog author” or “published author” changes the way you write and what you write about on your blog? Or am I just making something out of nothing?
Has your responsibilities and obligations changed as an “author” of a blog? Do you have to do more, pay attention to more things, learn a lot more about things you didn’t know before, or wish you never knew? What are the responsibilities that come with being a “blog author”?
Do you call yourself an “author” or a “blogger”? Do you include a byline on your blog that says “by Fred Something” or “Author: Fred Something”? Or do you even credit yourself as the author of your written word?
What do you think, fellow author, about being an author?