6:00 PM, the sun is setting, I am at the writer's nook (bedroom desk), and just thinking of some words to sling throughout the evening. No clue what any of those words will be, yet, but some ish will come to me soon enough. But in the meantime, I start water for coffee, and I sort of realize that what I "do" with my writing (or at least journaling), is for the most part just the polar opposite of what other people do with online written content. Where most people "save" or "build up" or "treat sacred" their words and concepts, I just hammer out everything in a real time format. I don't claim either way is the "right" way (it's whatever suits the person's fancy), but, I tend to feel I do things this way, because I simply have a lot to say, and this is a format which I can say it "correctly", and that amounts to a lot of journal entries.

But I never considered words sacred, anyway. When I had the first bloggo in 2002, I just wrote like four or five entries per night, or every other night, and then linked them via AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), as well as the Newgrounds.com General forum. No stats or metrics or ads to speak of, just a bunch of stuff I wrote and hopefully someone derived some benefit from reading them. Then I stopped writing for a long while, and then returned in 2006 with a "professional" (ad-driven) blog, and the pace of entries continued - four to five entries per night, every night, seven days a week. All revolving around "gossip" and tabloid content. And then after a while, the money (both ad-driven and employer-based) dried up, blogs became less significant, social media became where all the eyeballs were (and are), and me and everyone I knew in that space more or less moved on. Either way, entries continued to happen, and I just transitioned over to Tumblr and hammered text there as often as I felt (which was daily).

So, the blog landscape (and profitability from it) certainly changed with time, but I didn't change, at all. But the words written, and the "sacred" nature of those words remained largely unchanged, also. They are what they are, and it is what it is. Having a well-crafted, longform, photo-filled blog post of any form or frequency is not in any way an indicator of how many views it gets, or money that could be made from it. Putting together a professional piece is nice, fun, and a good excersize, but it doesn't have a lot of "weight" on the WWW in 2022 (and quite some years before it).

So that leads me to believe that whatever is left to "do" with writing online in 2022, is to be an open writer. Write because it's a thing you want to do. Write to become a writer. If journalism or writing books is your thing, do that instead, or also. But in regards to just online (unsolicited, unpaid) publishing, the only way to do it is through some journal, or old school "blog", or perhaps a public-facing ongoing story (or series of them), or whatever the case. No one really "makes a name for themselves", or "goes viral", or anything like that through writing a blog (and perhaps never did). If that's the intention one has, there are other outlets to do something like that.

At least this is how I see things. Could be wrong.

back soon