Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Blogger Is Also An Editor

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A blogger is a writer. We all know that. But a blogger is also an editor. I have to make this point because some bloggers feel they are cheating when they have a lot of links and a lot of video clips to go with their blog posts. You are not cheating, you are being an editor. It is perfectly okay to once in a while put out blog posts that are all links, or that are all video clips, no original writing whatsoever. You are telling your readers these are news articles or blog posts I read, these are videos I watched, and I recommend them to you. Actually, I would be suspicious if your blog posts are all original writing. If there are no links, at least a few links, I am going to ask, so what is the context? And images and videos add to the aesthetics. The best videos on the topic at hand I would say are indispensable. A video is worth 10,000 words, or more. YouTube makes it easy. The video code takes so little space. You don't have to worry about bandwidth issues. You embed. That does not make it cheap, that makes it user friendly.

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