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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Blogging, facebooking, twittering- Real Writing or Not?

I happened upon my former Skirt! Magazine colleague Kelly Love Johnson's blog about what constitutes "real" writing, or not. I've not succumbed to twittering and don't waste time worrying with my facebook account (though it is fun to see what everyone's up to!). But blogging? Her comment about blogging vs. working on an essay for publication in Actual Print- worth consideration.

I guess I'm especially thinking about this today since my turn was up at the Southern Writers' blog where I'm surrounded by some very accomplished writers and would hate to look like a poor stepsister! So I spend a lot of time on those blog entries, which are often as long as an essay and heaven forbid if I left a typo-- or worse-- in that esteemed company.

So. What do you think? Leave me a comment, anonymous or not:
What makes writing legitimate these days?


Lee Stokes Hilton said...

I think any writing qualifies as real writing if it has the potential to stimulate your thinking. The only writing I've ever thought of as "fake" writing is the stuff I do for corporate jobs. Its only purpose is to promote the company or one of their products, so there's nothing stimulating about it. But blogging, twittering, even Facebook comments call on a certain level of creativity. Keep it up, girl.

Lisa J. Michaels said...

Thanks so much Augusta for leading me to Kelly's blog. What fun! I laughed out loud and then added her to my favorites. She really hit struck a chord with me.

I'm with you, I'm avoiding the whole twitter craze, as it seems so "highschool" passing notes in class! I didn't have time for it then, and I certainly don't now. There are enough distractions as it is to keep writers from writing!