Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Could I blog for the establishment and become "professional"?
Okay, tomorrow is my 70th birthday, at around 6 AM.
As my audience numbers fall somewhat (compared to what they were during the crisis months of 2008, for instance), partly because of the success of “likeonomics” in social media, I do wonder, could I “join forces” with a larger party and practice “real” journalism.
I’ve said that I won’t wear other people’s uniforms or huckster other people’s causes, or (right now) give endorsements (disguised as news), I can indeed finding it a good thing to be affiliated with a Wikipedia, a CNN, a Huffington Post, maybe even a Washington Post Wonkblog. These outlets (and I know conservatives will disagree) do practice thorough journalism and cover the issues. (Anderson Cooper’s phrase “Keeping them Honest” has kindred meaning to “Do Ask Do Tell”, and, for that matter, “Connecting the Dots”.) The advantage of affiliation is stable infrastructure. You don’t have to “worry” as much about things breaking in your own stuff, especially during travel.
But the only way I would have a consistent approach to such an arrangement is to complete the work I’m in the middle of. All the components – the non-fiction, stories, novel, music, planned major video, and screenplays – matter. I have to stay in my own driver’s seat and not get distracted or diverted. I can’t be pestered about “numbers” (whether dollars or likes), or “popularity”.
People may ask, why can’t you give us the numbers (last post); is it because you don’t “like people” enough? This is a disturbing blowback. Do I enjoy just “helping someone” and having some sort of emotional interchange? I know the sense in which others experience and expect that. I was never welcome in those sorts of circumstances before, so I haven’t been very welcoming. That would leave me with subordination to the aims of others, to “fitting in” because I couldn’t learn to be socially competitive. That isn’t very acceptable to me.
Yet, I can imagine scenarios where I can do people some good, more personally. But they have to involve my own life pursuits – including chess, music, publishing.
One of the most important things I can do is to get my music organized (on Sibelius, and online) so that others could work with it if something “happens” to me suddenly.
But I’m at three score and ten.