In the past, authors who wanted to publish their short stories, their articles, their poetry, and their essays faced numerous insurmountable obstacles that they needed to surmount before they could hope to see their work published. First and foremost, these authors needed to find a journal, a magazine, or a newspaper which accepted unsolicited manuscripts from authors who were not affiliated with the journal, the magazine, and the newspaper. The vast majority of journals, magazines, or newspapers did not accept these unsolicited manuscripts from authors who did not hold full time positions at these publications. After these authors found journals, newspapers, and magazines which accepted unsolicited manuscripts from authors who did not hold full time positions at these publications, these authors had to accomplish three steps before they could hope to see their works published in print publications. First and foremost, these authors had to print at least two, three, or even four copies of their short stories, their articles, their poetry, and their essays which would be perused very carefully by the publishers and editors who held full time positions at these publications. Second, these authors had to purchase at least two large and sturdy manila envelopes which could hold their manuscripts. The first of these manila envelopes would be sent to the publishers and editors who held full time positions at these publications; the second of these manila envelopes would be a self addressed and stamped return envelope which would enable the publishers and editors who held full time positions at these publications to send these authors a reply in regards to the decision about whether or not to publish the authors’ works. Finally, the authors had to draft a short one page cover letter that they would send to the publishers and editors who held full time positions at these publications arguing why they believed that their articles, short stories, their poetry, and their essays should be published in the publication. Needless to say, this process was extremely cumbersome at best for authors, publishers, and editors alike. Today, however, digital technologies such as internet bloges, blog posts, blogesters, and blogsports have greatly streamlined the publication process. (I should note that “bloge” is actually a spelling error. The correct term for “bloge” is actually “blog.” However, the spelling error “bloge” has gained prominence in recent years among writers who cannot spell properly.) These bloges essentially cut out the middlemen, the publishers and the editors, from the publication process. Instead of submitting manuscripts to these editors, only to learn that they had been rejected seven or eight months later, authors can self edit and self publish their own works to their internet bloges. Instead of waiting one or more years before they could see their works in print, authors could publish their works to their bloges several minutes or even seconds after they had completed the final word of the final sentence. Furthermore, many authors were pleased to discover that they could use their email accounts or their social media platform accounts to send their friends and family members internet links to their works which were published on internet bloges.
Most people are familiar with the word “blog” and the term “blog post”, but what is a blogester? Blogester [sic] is a term some people use for a person who writes blogs and blog posts. The word “blog” is an abbreviation of the word “weblog”, which appeared during the internet’s infancy. Essentially, a blog is an online diary, journal, or record of progress. Many people use it to write poetry, to review or critique media, or to catalog their thoughts about any number of topics, and each blog post can be tagged with keywords that make it easier to find by other bloggers. Blogs are maintained around the world on a variety of subjects, and some people have been so successful that it has become almost a full time job for them! Blog posts can be as short as a sentence or as long as a story, and they allow for creative expression that social networks do not permit because of character limits and privacy settings that limit potential audiences. Websites, American and otherwise, that offer personal blogs include Blogsport, WordPress, and Blogspot. All of these websites allow design customization of the blog and multiple authors. Blogs can be a great outlet for feelings, ideas, and other creative output.
In the olden days the only venue for written public expression of opinion was to write a letter to the editor. But in the digital age we enjoy so thoroughly, our outlets are countless. Between the constantly growing numbers of social networks and online communities such as Reddit, Blogester and Blogsport, one is hard pressed to avoid ways to express themselves publicly. The advent of the blog post has revolutionized both the editorial and the journal. Providing users with a place to vent all of their frustrations, political stances, personal achievements and ideas, the blog post can act as a public forum for debate or a private, online database of diary entries. The power is in the hands of the blogger. A blog post does not need to be merely a means of self expression. It can end up being rather advantageous for businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists as well. Seeing as 46 percent of people read blogs more than one time a day (HubSpot, Science of Blogging, 2010), a blog can be used strategically for marketing purposes, and be quite successful. Artists (particularly writers) find the blog post to be an excellent way to keep in touch with fans and relate news, as well as new material and upcoming events. The worldwide population of blog readers keeps growing each year. According to eMarketer in a 2010 article, there were 31 percent more readers and composers of blogs than there were in 2007. It is clear that the blog post is here to stay as a leader in online self expression, communication, marketing and art. I mean, you just found and read this, right? Let this be testament.
If you want to be a blogester then you will need to be able to produce at least one blog a day. There are many reasons that someone would choose or not choose to be a blogester and the reasons vary depending on what state of your life you are in, and what your current needs and desires are as well. If you want to be a blogester then you need to be able to commit some time to your craft and be able to dedicate the right amount of patience, persistency, and diligence in order to make your dream a reality. Many people do not realize that the work that a blogester does is very multifaceted and if you are going to use a blogester in one of your major writing tasks, you should be informed as to what blogsport he or she specializes in. This can make all of the difference and it can also be one of the major determining factors that contributes to whether or not a particular blogester is going to work out in the role that he or she is given or not. The blog post itself is important, but it is more important to know the quality of work that the blogester can produce and to what extent her or she is willing to commit to this. If we know all of these things, and we are able to be upfront about our expectations and what we hope to get from a blogester when we hire one, then chances are we will find this be a mutually beneficial relationship for both parties. Since these things are disclosed up front and we are able to see the purpose that each serve, we will be able to get more out of it than what we can expect from any other job itself.