Don’t Blog. Write!

I know what you’re thinking.

But I am just a blogger.

First of all, I suggest you give up on the “just.” You’re not just a blogger. You’re the blogger. A blogger. But never just.

Secondly, there’s a bit of writer in you, even though – out of fear – you try to deny it. I know this because you’re reading this post, so you must be a writer. I also know that you are afraid of thinking of yourself as one.

Well… what if I were to tell you that there’s this one thing you need to change, and then you’ll be proud to call yourself a writer?

Would you believe me?

One small thing, that’s all it takes. And then you’ll be a writer for the rest of your life.

Don’t blog. Write!

There are bloggers, and there are writers.

What’s the difference, you ask?

Bloggers are casual about writing. They see themselves as something different. Think of the difference between a professional boxer and someone who just likes to pick up fights in bars.

To a blogger, words are the necessary tool in order to share their ideas. A means to an end. Yes, all bloggers know that words are important, but…

They don’t write. They blog.

While writers write. They sit at their desks, block out the world, and they focus on their words and only on their words. Writers approach a blank page with the kind of ritualistic awe that priests of every religion have approached holy artifacts for thousands of years.

Writers don’t edit as they go, don’t break out of their state to watch funny cat videos on Facebook.

First, they write. That’s what writers do. They write. Everything else comes after that; editing, adding links, videos, pictures.

You write your first draft with your heart. You punch the damn keys.

Don’t think, just write!

That’s the spirit. Funny how inspiration is supposed to come to us from who knows where, when it’s always been within us. Deep within us. Hidden away in the most secret drawers of our hearts.

Do you blog, or do you write?

Be honest with yourself.

Do you remember the last time you wrote? Remember how you felt?

Try writing. Believe me, it’s a lot better than blogging.

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35 thoughts on “Don’t Blog. Write!

  1. Agreed. Even if a blog’s content doesn’t appeal to me, I still read it just to see if the author is a true writer or not. I’ve been surprised by the amount of skill that’s displayed by lifestyle or fashion blogs that I generally dislike. I like seeing that hidden artistry peek from behind disagreeable content. I can always pick out a writer among the bloggers. You’re definitely a talented writer yourself!

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    • Thank you for the compliment. I do that as well. I read everything I can find and holds my interest for more than five seconds. Some people are great storytellers, so even if they are presenting some clothes or whatever, they still make it interesting. That’s what great writing is. You hypnotize people into reading what they normally wouldn’t.

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      • Exactly! It separates the writers from the bloggers but sometimes, bloggers are really just underappreciated writers. I follow the 50 page rule with literature. If I’m not hooked 50 pages in, I won’t continue. Similarly with blogs, if you don’t impress me quickly, I dismiss it. I’ve been shocked to see some of the talent here. It warms my heart to know that language hasn’t yet devolved to 280 characters or less and thoughts can be concisely formulated. I swear, I felt like the last protester chained to the Last Great American Redwood Tree. I simply didn’t see the rest of the forest!

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        • Language doesn’t devolve. It just changes fast. Sometimes it feels as if too fast. And there will always be great writers, because that’s what saves a lot of people from themselves. That is never going away.

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          • I’m talking about a more Orwellian version of English that I fear as a poet. Mostly due to my bias towards the Romantics and their more archaic English usage. I hope you’re right. Come Hell or High Water, writing has always saved me. You’re a very great writer so that gives me a strong inclination that you’re right. Writing is here to stay for good and for the better. Lovely time, my friend!

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  2. I think I’m neither a blogger nor a writer. I don’t blog regularly and I write only when I need to say something. Yet, I have published a book of poetry and a memoir is soon to be published. So what am I? ;)

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  3. I mean that is so true. I am writer and trying to start a blog. But I guess I always have this concept that being a blogger is so much more and then I am just a writer. I guess I have to admit to myself and work on it..
    Thanks that was really inspirational…

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    • The idea is to do your best when writing. Doesn’t matter what it is, you just do your very best.

      Also, what did I say about using “just?” You’re not just a writer. You’re a writer. THE WRITER.

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  4. Great food for thought. Not wanting to call yourself a writer could be because you don’t want to live up to the standards. If you’re “just” a writer, then it takes away that pressure. However, it could also be because you have some respect for that word and don’t want to use it lightly. Writer.

    Writer entails so much more, but where is the line to draw between respect and fear? Only the writer knows…

    Thanks, Christian :)

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    • Yeah, but you’re giving yourself permission to fail. Even to put half the effort you’d normally put into something.

      There’s this idea ever since psychology became popular that you should not attach your ego to certain traits or whatever. Do not be outcome dependent.

      The funny thing is that the most successful people do exactly the opposite: of course they attach their egos to what they’re doing, of course it’s important to do the best they can. What they do is who they are. Their work is their life.

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  5. Yes, agreed!

    On the other hand, restraining from calling yourself a writer doesn’t necessarily have to be connected to mediocre writing. It could be that your working towards that goal of becoming a writer. So, that pushes you to write with passion and to create great content in efforts to be a writer. Giving another perspective that’s all. :)

    Now, you have me thinking. Do I consider myself a writer or a blogger? Or something else? You my friend are a writer!

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  6. Great advice Cristian! As for myself, I will say that I am a bit of both. I’ve written hundred of poems, quotes and other things over the past eight years. My wife has been telling me to write a book, that will come. My schedule is crazy busy, I mean crazy. Between jobs and the other things that fill my days; the blogging is a way for me to reach others my passion, the book isn’t too far off.

    Thanks for the post!

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    • Hi Warren,

      Thank you for your compliment.

      I think that we make the time we need when we feel something is important enough. No matter how little time one has, if one really wants to do something, he’ll do it.

      Either find a way or make one.

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        • There’s this myth of the “work-life balance.” This puts pressure on us to take time off, to go on vacations, to chill, to sit on a couch and watch stupid TV shows…

          There is no such thing as “work-life balance.” Your work is your life.

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  7. Why not be both ? Life isn’t always about either/or. It can be about also/and. Being a blogger and a writer. There is an idealized, romantic notion that “writer” is a title more worthy than “blogger”. Truth is, it’s one and the same. It’s not how we use words that changes. It’s the platform we share onto. Bloggers share on a blog and no other form of written art. Does that make them lesser writers for it ? No. Giving ourselves titles to prove ourselves we are something will not make us something. Actions speaks louder than words. Writers write. People who write for a living, no matter on what type of platform, are writers. Does it mean all kind of writing are the same quality? No. But it definitely means people are trying. After that, their popularity isn’t up to them but to the readers. Some readers like easy readings. Others prefer well thought out texts. Both have their place in this world and no one has power over this, only the power to keep creating content (except those with the power of marketing, but that’s another story).

    Good post, great for reflexion!

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