Why The Wordsmiths Project Journal Is Not A Blog

Posted on April 20th, 2008 in Blogging,Ernest Lilley,Wordsmiths Project,Writing by Sally

The renown litblogger Michael Allen (aka “The Grumpy Old Bookman”) announced last year that he would be retiring from frequent 5-day-a-week blogging. He had calculated that since he had started the site back in March, 2004, he had probably written about 1,000,000 words in his blog. (See “Change of Policy“)

1,000,000 words!

In other words, if The Grumpy Old Bookman hadn’t been blogging every weekday for three years, he could have conceivably spent that time and creative energy writing several books or hundreds of articles – presumably with some financial remuneration associated with the endeavor.

For several months, I haven’t posted anything in The Wordsmiths Project Journal. Instead, I’ve done the following things:

  • Helped care for ill family members.
  • Completed and sent in my first ever grant application.
  • Received my first ever grant – from the Lackawanna County Council of the Arts – for another exhibit of The Wordsmiths Project.
  • Created and exhibited more of my fine art photo images (and made a nice number of sales).
  • Continued work on my fiction.
  • Trained our two year-old Golden Retriever – Watson – to be a therapy dog.
  • Took Watson on our first visit to an assisted living facility and loved the smiles he gave the residents.
  • Given various talks, lectures and seminars on The Wordsmiths Project, the publishing industry, writing as a career, photography, Photoshop, digital imaging and so forth.
  • Launched an Internet radio show – The Photo Gurus – with Daniel.
  • Helped Daniel and his staff at DigitalBenchmarks Lab, with various testing of imaging and photography hardware and software for clients, including my personal specialty of image quality analysis.
  • And, as always, written a number of articles on assignment.

When I started The Wordsmiths Project Journal, I made a conscious choice to call it a journal and not a blog. That’s because my plan was to write in it when I had something to say and when I had time to do it.

My friend Ernest Lilly – the editor of TechRevu and SFRevu – told me that it wouldn’t be my decision what it would be called. That would be up to the blogosphere. But I think that those of you who do read this Journal will agree that it isn’t a blog, for the simple reason that I don’t have the time or temperament to keep up regular entries. Besides, I have more articles and novels to write, and new pictures to create.

However, I do promise that I will continue to write, when I have something to say that I feel would be useful and entertaining for folks interested in the publishing world, writing and writers.

And, yes, I will be getting back to doing more portraits for The Wordsmiths Project, so I continue to welcome nominations.

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  1. Joan Price said,

    on August 30th, 2009 at 9:58 am EST

    I love your journal, and I wish all blogs were as thoughtful and well-written as yours — then you wouldn’t have to fret about what your journal is called by the blogosphere.

    I follow several blogs because of their content, and when they go off-topic, it just seems like blither to me and I don’t read any further. I follow blogs that offer targeted information and perspectives that intrigue/inform me — like yours!

    I used to blog irregularly, like you, “when I had something to say and when I had time to do it.” In the past months I’ve been blogging more often — I always have something to say! — and enjoying it tremendously. It may get in the way of the rest of my work, but it “is” my work in a significant way: my blog readers are my book audience, the media, and opportunities that would not have happened without my blog about sex and aging.

    Please continue to keep the high level of your journal that we have come to respect, enjoy, and follow. Your posts are worth waiting for.

    Joan Price

    Author of Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty (http://www.joanprice.com/BetterThanExpected.htm)

    Join us — we’re talking about ageless sexuality at http://www.betterthanieverexpected.blogspot.com

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