Chances are that, if you have not waded through the process of agent, publisher, editor, and chain bookstore, you will answer the question “No”, even if you have been writing for years. Why is this? Because we have been taught for our entire lives that being a writer consists of this process. I have read many books on writing, and while the advice they offer on craft and discipline can be incredible, they also taught me this pattern of “How to be a writer”.
Over a decade of writing constantly and not getting paid and not getting read.
I believed it, and I’ll bet that there are plenty of people out there who still believe it. But it’s not true.
This blog has a thesis, a purpose, and a goal.
There is something amazing happening. Social media, social bookmarking, mashups, lifestreams, blogs, microblogs…these new technologies are leading to a new kind of existence and a new kind of world. In that world publishing companies and advertising agencies will not decide who’s voice gets heard or which writers become successful. No longer will your words sit on a slushpile in some editor’s office only to be lost in the shuffle. In this new world, so long as you can make yourself heard, the real world full of real people will be able to judge your work for themselves.
But you must make yourself heard.
My goal is to bring together a combination of different resources and ideas that will help writers and content producers in the new media learn how to leverage the new internet technologies that are sometimes called “Web 2.0“, “Web 3.0” “semantic web” or various names starting with the word “social”. I just call them “cyberculture”, because that’s what it is: a culture with its own structure, language, economy, and rules.
Profile services like Facebook, microblogging sites like Plurk, blogs interconnected by trackback links and networks, lifestream services like FriendFeed, mashup applications, and all the other music, video, picture, and communication services that are springing up present an entirely new way to write, create content, and promote oneself.
I will settle for nothing else than a modern renaissance. No, really. I’m serious. Every other golden age in culture came about because of a sudden shift in the ability for people to interact in new ways. Entire schools of thought were founded because a few interesting people have been lucky enough to be able to communicate. What more can we do with ability for literally all of the interesting minds interested in a certain subject to communicate, to create, and to have it read?
- Social Media for Writers (goodenuf2publish.wordpress.com)
- Mark Zuckerberg is a Better Writer Than Paul Ceglia (webpronews.com)
- The first inky fingered scribblings… (inkstaineddreams.wordpress.com)