The Allure of the Published Word???I don't get it.
Okay, let me take a step back and at least provide some context so you know what the hell leads me to make such a contradictory and vague statement.
Christine Warren (The Fly Fish Chick) wrote a pretty damn good multi-segment blog post the other day. Please read it HERE, it's worth the click through...just come back after you're done, okay...
Based on the amount of comments at the end of the post (and the familiar names making them), it's pretty clear many of you read it too. That said, for those that didn't...a brief recap.
The first half was a pretty humorous look (through an intentionally sarcastic lens) at the many struggles to get her articles accepted and ultimately "published" by those finicky editors that work at print magazines.
The second half, is an example of one of the stonewalled articles, published in all its "I don't need no editor's approval" glory. A good blog post on it's own, albeit somewhat overshadowed by the dramatic intro.
While it appears Christine has finally channeled her inner Willie Nelson and found peace with virtually publishing the article to her own blog as opposed to seeking the acceptance that a high gloss printed page provides, what stuck out to me was how many of the reader/blogger comments echoed similar sentiments toward their personal interactions with magazines - those of neglect, rejection, frustration, and denial...many with a dash of saltiness for good measure.
So I'm just curious. As a fly fishing blogger that has really never even tried to get anything published (it's tough to embed awful YouTube videos in paper), what's the draw to magazines, books, etc...for you folks?
|Put me in coach...|
Don't misinterpret my ask. I'm not trying to make it arrogantly sound like I think I'm superior because I don't care about the literal printed word.
What do you want out of it - Is it a need for self validation? Is it a quest for a more tangible fame? Is it the desire to fill the void of bathroom-friendly, portable reading material? Is it money, groupies, and blow? (If so, I might give it a shot). I'd love to know, because as with most things that people clearly more intellectual than I participate in, and as I said to open...
I don't get it.