Surprise surprise, last night Jay Leno trashed bloggers on his show during the monologue. He said “Bloggers are people who have nothing better to do than blog because they are chained downstairs in their Mother’s basement.” That crack was penned by some arrogant “TV writer“, who obviously considers a blog some sort of joke. I think writing in any form is a kick-start to a writing career, and to put down bloggers is a low blow. ALL WRITERS ARE TAUGHT TO KEEP JOURNALS AND WRITE EVERY DAY, and that is what a blog is. However, a blog has a new dimension. It gives bloggers an opportunity to be noticed and read by hundreds of people.
I don’t pretend to know all about every blog out there. However, the ones that I have visited lately are extremely well formated and professional. If I wanted to say rude things about bloggers, it would be like putting down members of my family. The fellow bloggers I communicate with, have been very kind, and have encouraged me along the way. (You know who I’m talking about, & I love you guys for it.)
Before I started this blog, I had written a couple of un-published books, three screen plays and many short stories. I have submitted my work to various publishing firms, and received many rejection notices. I have also submitted and pitched ideas to HBO, Fox, and various Television shows. I have enough rejections to wall paper a large bathroom. For years, I just gave up writing and considered myself a loser. I found renewed hope by writing my blog, and my sincere wish is that you too, feel that way about yours. The writers that found success never gave up, even with people telling them they were not good writers. Here’s the thing, we NEVER start out doing great work. It comes with time and determination. It also helps to ignore harsh critics. If critics believed in themselves, they would be at home writing “The Great American Novel“, instead of whining about the work of others.
I remember hearing about J.K. Rowling who wrote the Harry Potter novels. Her work was submitted to every publishing house in England. One person after another rejected Harry Potter, they told her it was too wordy, and much too long. Then one day, someone picked up the book and actually read it, and came to the realization that Harry Potter was indeed a special book. (The rest, as they say, is history.)