the-stay-at-home-blogger

There are a lot of blogs with this moniker, sub-title, or some variant of the term in their description. And I remember hearing it in the early-2000’s: a “stay-at-home blogger” meant someone, anyone, who wanted to write (a blog) online, or/and start a small business, or just write for S&G’s – either for profit or for free – and not participate in a corporate setting while doing so. A form of “liberation” from the traditional approach to “if you want to be a writer, earn a degree and intern and get published and take such and such steps, etc.”nnIt, this liberation, is kind of what I saw “the blogger revolution” of the early-to-mid-2000’s as; people could be blogging about cooking, celebrity culture, music, technology, anything – but what they were *really* doing was writing “on the whim”, unprofessionally, non-traditionally, and having a very unique (and sometimes brilliant) tone to the writing while doing so. No rules or set of guidelines to abide by, yet still **break** those rules at the same time. A “my way or the highway” attitude to online writing.nnAll of it (that I saw) was independent, too – kind of like a Libertarian’s method of digital correspondence. No centralization, nor any (corporate) oversight in terms of who said what or how – and censorship was never even on anyone’s mind.nnWhat happened? The readership (not the blogs) got centralized – the *people* who *read* such blogs got herded into a social media sphere. Other things happened as well: blog networks formed (and then were bought/sold, ran out of business)- ad networks influenced what was said where, and how – people lost control, or jobs, or even direct ownership over their online platform(s) – and some of what was left just sort of withered away.nnSome (like me) kept going. I didn’t “*need*” to turn a weekly profit in order to continue to write. I made the decision at about 8 years old that when I got older, I would be a writer. And I made that *commitment* to the art/craft when I was 22 years old, just before firing up my first Weblog.nnBut it was a cultural hobby-turned-lifestyle that kinda got away from us. Or at least a type of mindset – that *anyone*, *anywhere* can start a publication and make a voice for themselves online with the power of the Internet.nnGreat times. Maybe they’ll come back? I’ll certainly be here if/when it does.

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