(Oh! I hope this title does not earn me spam out the wazoo!!)
After reading Cathys comment, I started thinking about the amateur versus the professional, what makes the amateur write in a blog over time, what makes the professional? Do they have the same dedication, does earning money with something make you less passionate about it? (good question for the phd student) and then i read jennies HUMlab post about amateurs as lovers,
He talked about innovation and how innovation can be found in the interplay between art and media. He also mentioned the dichotomy professional and amateur and how these terms are beeing challenged by a new group, pro-amateurs, a hybridisation where innovation easily can be found. Further, he explained the meaning of the term amateur deriving from the latins amator translated as lover. Amateurs, Brown claimed, are searching new ways, experimenting and challenging simply because they love doing it. – jennie of humlab
searching new ways, experimenting and challenging simply because they love doing it. to me, this describes a blogger, someone who is passionate (usually about a particular topic) and shares his or her passion with an audience. the size of the audience or the size of the reward is inconsequentialit is the act of blogging itself – not least the benefits of working though a problem, receiving feedback, and connecting with other amateurs (lovers) is a reward in itself (to get a bit cliche).
To cathy, The person who responded was referring to someone who was not paid to write about something she loved doing. Blogging, to her, was a work of heart. To her, journalism was professional writing, and everything else amateur.
Somehow, being an amateur all of a sudden feels great.