Friday, March 15, 2013

A Snob's Confession





I made a disturbing discovery about myself today. I guess I am a bit of a PRINT vs ONLINE snob. 

I value online writing very much, it's what I do. 

But today in the mail I found the latest family-themed magazine from Focus on the Family, which I receive because I have contributed a short devotional to it. I excitedly thumbed through it and I WAS NOT THERE! I was pretty sure they told me I would be in the March issue of their print version.

I went online and put my name in the search box of their website and there I was in two versions on their website several months ago. 

I was disappointed. 

And that quick feeling of disappointment revealed the truth. I value print over online publication don't I? I did not think it mattered to me at all, I prided myself on writing for online readers. It is not about the money either way. I was paid very well for this short little devotional for families on the go. It was supposed to be something a family could do in the car or at a meal time. 

Obviously there is still some old school in me that considers a paper version of my writing to be more important than an online version. 

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7 comments:

  1. I can understand that! I recently edited what I thought was an ebook, but instead it is a hardcopy book and immediately it seemed more significant!

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  2. It's all good. Just keep writing and praise the Lord for the opportunities to be His vessel, whether in print or online. You are a blessing, and we are so proud of what God is doing! Proud in a good way.

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  3. I wonder if that's a more difficult thing for those of us who grew up on printed media? Perhaps because we did, we automatically equate that with "real" publication. Plus, I think there's something about a print copy we can hold up and show someone else. But how wonderful that something you wrote is blessing families. :)

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  4. Oh you are cute and honest, but it is all good. You may reach more people in the online mag than in the print. When I compare sales of my books and then how many might read an article of mine in a magazine, wow, the mag might reach thousands more people. I do like physical copies more, something I can hold.

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  5. Well, Hey, Congrats anyway! It's not easy to write those succinct devos, either, so hats off to you. (But I know what you mean.)

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  6. this is so interesting! maybe this is why i'm not intimidated writing on my blog, but i'm terrified about trying to write a book.

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  7. Congrats on your devotion being published, Susie. It's great no matter how it's printed.

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