Friday, July 1, 2016

Can you call Blogging as the new form of Web Journalism?

I call myself a web journalist. In fact, even the Government of India has classified me as a freelance journalist and allows me to earn foreign currency through PayPal.

A blog also known “web blog” is a new generation medium for writing opinionated articles on trends.

While real time offline journalists publish their journals in newspapers, we, the bloggers publish our stories in our own blogs that are open to view by all. However, I would not consider all types of bloggers as a web journalist. Only personal bloggers who blog about anything and everything that kindles their opinions and interests are called web journalists. Bloggers who blog about a specific subject are classified as niche blogger.

Example: Nirmala Santhakumar

A blogger can maintain his personal blog as well as a niche blog simultaneously. At such instances, the personal blog can be termed as a journalistic blog.

Invariably, blog posts contain relevant images and videos too and here’s where they stand out from offline news. Blogging literally means sharing a comment of life through the internet ; a timeless exhibit of creativity and style.      
The popularity of the blogs is such that a reader can visualize what the author has published creatively. What a blogger needs is a witty mind, a desire to share ideas, and a bit of knowledge to toggle into the internet. I would also add the ability to search for most relevant and attractive images and sometimes videos too to support his blog post.

As a blogger since 2006, I have evolved into a full-time blogger and during these last ten years, I never went out of the way to impress any publishing or Internet marketing companies so that they hire my web journalistic skills. Nevertheless, I am still sought out by several blog marketing companies and individual business brands to report about their clients’ or their websites in my blog.

Ghost Blogging
A few times, I composed a blog post based on a specific request and let the customer publish it elsewhere taking full authorship credit. Yeah, I do ghost blogging too.

As of now I think the blogging fever has hit the Indian freelancers quite squarely and they blog with a certain fervent that is rarely seen among bloggers from other parts of the world.

In addition, bloggers are more outspoken than the newspaper journalists and I would say blogs on matters of global importance command wider readership than offline journals. Reader can instantly interact with the author of a blog post through comments that can go viral.

People who are into blogging are artistic on their own sense, carefully choosing words that would best describe their emotions, views, sentiments, wishes and hopes.

I would say personal bloggers are truly carrying on the art of blogging that was originally meant for. Blogs were originally meant for personal use. Like a journal, people can write their daily adventures, sentiments, and whatever ideas they want to express online.

Long ago I discovered that most people who use the Internet, first scan through the search results of their query and then begin to read word by word after narrowing their findings by gauging the content , attracted mainly through the headline of the content. Similar to newspapers, a blog post's most attractive factor is its headline/subject line. If the headline is not compulsive, that blog post is ignored, irrespective of the content it carries.

As they say, blogging is the contemporary term of creative and commercial web journalism.

ps; Image is linked to the source.

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