by Robert L. Gisel
Recently I have noticed some very active blogger discussions of blogging just for fun or for income, or both. It is actually quite amazing when you look at it, now with the advent of the Internet, how many would be writers there are now.
It is a creative art and perhaps the easiest one to engage in. If you can hold a conversation and work a keyboard, albeit with two fingers like me, then you can write.
It it an art form though and unless the ramifications of that are grasped one will find himself sooner or later with serious issues about out what one is doing. All art forms require the technical skills of the medium in order to communicate message. Without message it is just so much graffiti. Without skill one will not communicate.
In writing, that skill is craftsmanship. Without that, or real promise of it, you won't get an editor or producer and you won't sell your works. That would be fine if you only write just to communicate to friends or family or just for fun but not where you expect visitors to your blog or site and you want the traffic to grow and build interest or income. You can attract the traffic or drive it away.
Internet writing is still learning ground for me. Communication is not. On the Internet the whole trick is couched in how to find a communication line. There are a lot of blogs on blogging and all the ramifications of that bearing in the direction of the burning question, how to make money at it. I tend to be impatient with this. I want to go 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.