The blog of D Kai Wilson-Viola

Author, advocate, designer, mental health advocate and parent. 

The difference between writing for publication (traditionally) and blogging

The difference between writing for publication (traditionally) and blogging

One of the biggest discussions I’ve been involved in recently between some of my closer friends and some newbies alike, is what the difference between traditional publication and blogging actually is.
SO I thought I’d sum up what I’ve had explained, what I understand and how, if anything,  this changes your view on blogging.

Legally

Legally, once you’ve blogged something, it is considered published.  In the case of stories, or poems, this means that if your blog is public, you’ve just given away first rights.  If your blog isn’t public and it’s locked to a group of friends, your mileage may vary basically.  It’s pretty safe to assume that anything over 10 sets of eyeballs is first rights, that way, you’re erring on the side of caution.

(exception – you can *self publish* something in PDF format to distribute to a tight list of friends – no matter how big that list, they are your beta readers – most publishers find this perfectly acceptable, but are a lot more picky about groups and blogs).

Legally, as in publication, you can be sued for  libel, even if you’re telling the truth.  So it’s important to be as careful as possible when writing.

Personally

On a personal level, most blogs are supposed to be more conversational than other forms of publication, but it’s pretty blurry.  Blogs are now used to host articles from magazines, to newspapers – to teenage angst, to birth stories, to death stories, photos to diagrams and technical information.  All of this leads to lots of confusion.

How about professionally?

Professionally, blogs are designed to promote something, but as blogs are supposed to bring people to a level of personal contact not possible on a website, it’s important to understand and see how you can do that, and still remain professional – yet personable.  It’s difficult basically.

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Stats and an overview of one week into the 30 day Blogging challenge

Stats and an overview of one week into the 30 day Blogging challenge

So, we’re one week into the V7N blogging challenge. Are you taking part? Yeah? I’m collecting the commenter links and keeping them in my blogroll – holler at me and I’ll add you to the links.

Anyway – yep – the overview.
This blog gets just shy of 1k unique hits a month – even when empty. Keeping a four year old blog means that lots of my links are still in place, which means I’ve got lots of links coming in and 404ing (which is why I’ve deliberately designed my 404 page to immerse people into the blog).
I’ll be able to tell what the difference is at the end of the month, but right now, my counts are:
24 comments on 22 unique blogs
142 Unique views this week – 299 unique views overall.
14 unique comments and another 14/15 comments from me in response.

This blog, famously, doesn’t get many comments – it’s syndicated to Livejournal, where most of my close freinds start conversations on it, and I’ve always struggled with getting comments on any of my blogs. Bipolarbears is my most ‘popular’ blog for comments, but I’m still seeing a great increase here.
So if you’re hesitating on joining in, don’t – I’m already seeing a difference!

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