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What Does it Mean to Be a Blogger?

Last week, I hinted that this question has been bothering me for a while. The word “blog” is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and it’s safe to say the Internet has changed a lot over the past two decades. Having started as a personal web log, the blog quickly branched out into a plethora of different versions, from intimate digital diaries to a great variety of online magazines. Naturally, the word itself has gained a much wider meaning over time, encompassing micro-blogging, reporting and different kinds of social media activities.

 

Some final Instagram tips with Sabrina

 

This is my third week at the Summer Academy in the role of the Blogger in Residence. Ever since the beginning, I have repeatedly asked myself this very question - what does my title here mean and what does it imply? Through different conversations and disclosures, I’ve learned that people have a very different view on what a blog or blogger is. I myself have not formed a definitive opinion yet because blogging can be anything the blogger wants it to be. It can be personal or objective, critical or eulogistic overview of an event or a series of similar events, it can be a way to tell a story or even write a novel. Largely dictated by the subject, blogging is a broad concept and in search for some more clarity I’ve sat down with Sabrina Steinek of http://keenonmag.com/ and shared a few thoughts.

 

“Being a blogger means to be free and independent.  A blogger follows his or her passion and is passionate about writing and communicating. It means directing the attention of the public. And that is exciting, but sometimes also very challenging.

Most people think that blogging is just fun, and not a serious job.  And it’s true that blogging is a lot of fun. But if you decide to be a professional blogger and to live from it, then it is a really demanding job.” Thinking about my tricky question, Sabrina continued: “I keep asking myself if I am a blogger. And probably the correct answer is that - I am not a blogger. Maybe not anymore. I started my first blog during my studies at the University of Vienna, and I was blogging together with other editors for many years. But in summer of 2016, I stopped blogging and founded my online magazine „keen on“, cause I think it is time for a new type of arts journalism on the internet. Current online sites and blogs only use a small fraction of the opportunities the internet has to offer.”

 

With each issue of her magazine, Sabrina collaborates with a team of designers and artists in order to enable the reader to get the complete visual and artistic experience. And I remember first seeing keen on online, I was surprised and thrilled in a way because it does push the limits of online publishing.

 

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Today is the Open Day for the classes of Melissa Gordon and Lukas Pusch, and the blogging class has come to an end as well. Stay tuned for more Academy talks soon!

;)

 

Ana


 

04/08/17 17:14 Summer Academy 2017

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