My husband’s family are all into hobbies, railways, models, dolls, the lot. I mean really into it, they removed walls to put in more display cabinets. When I asked Keith what should I write about this week, he said, “Writing – the cheap hobby of the economic downturn.”
He was teasing but he’s right, it is a cheap hobby. Still, just like any other hobby, you can get carried away. It’s just so easy now.
You can micro blog through places like Twitter. There’s blogging like WordPress, forums, fiction groups that do tag team writing like ASR http://boi.alt-starfleet-rpg.org , ezines, Facebook and MySpace, wikis and a thousand other ways to get your words out there. It seems everyone can do it and a lot of us are. We are living in a world where people share information at an ever increasing rate. So where should we draw the line between a writer and someone that just types a lot?
You know, I don’t think there needs to be a line. Just like astronomy, some of the best finds are from avid amateurs.
Someone writing about their passion is always worth reading. Take my mother-in-law. Types away about dolls, writes the occasional article for her local doll club, tests out new crotchet patterns for doll clothes and puts them together with a few pictures. Amateur right?
World-wide author Marjory Fainges. She did so well out of it, now my father-in-law writes too. And you want to know what is really interesting? Marjory was published internationally by Kangaroo Press/ Simon & Schuster. When her Encyclopaedia of Australian Dolls went out of print, she chose to release it, not in hardcopy but on CD. Made at home, she can produce a CD version herself and post it around the world for a fraction of the cost and send people updates as she researches for the next edition. It is a constantly evolving reference that the doll world is greeting with open arms and open paypal accounts.
So when is she “professional”?
What is your passion? Maybe it’s worth writing about. And maybe your blog can go from hobby to career.