For the last couple of hours, I have been reading posts in a clients’ forum. Many of you will know of whom I am referring. Those that don’t, keep reading anyway, because, well, just keep reading. 🙂
Anyhoo…today I’m reading such nuggets of wisdom like:
“The Internet is dead for writers. There is no longer money to be made writing on the Internet.”
“Blogs are dead. You can’t make money writing on or for a blog.”
“Content mills are dead. You won’t be able to make money writing for content mills.”
And from a previous day, “Generalists are dead. You can’t make money as a generalist writer.”
So, what, I’m supposed to pick a topic and go door-to-door and ask to write about it for the business? Are you saying I HAVE to return to print media?
Oh, wait — “Print media is dying. Soon you won’t be able to make money writing for print publications.
Do you all know how utterly idiotic you sound? You are basically saying that soon SOON…a writer will not be able to make a living…ANYWHERE, ANYHOW.
C’mon folks, enough with the doom and gloom. As long as there are people who need to say things, but don’t know how to say them, writers will have work.
As long as things need to be sold, writers will have work.
As long as people continue to read, writers will have work.
(OK — so that last one if kinda iffy, but I still stand by the statement, for now.)
But my point is, just because the genre is changing and just because the format is evolving, this does not mean writers are going to go the way of the dinosaur. Sure, there will be businesses who decide they can “do it better, since, really, how hard can writing be? I did get a B- in English in high school after all,”…
But the savvy business owner quickly comes to his senses and hires a professional to fix what he created.
Now, yes, this does mean that as writers, you might have to develop a new skill set, but hey, researching and learning new things and writing about them is a large part of what you do as a writer anyway, so this truly should not be a daunting task.
Especially if you’re…*gasp* a generalist. (Or a generalist with a specialist bent.)
So, folks, don’t put down your pens or close your word processing software just yet. We aren’t going anywhere!