Are all golf bloggers professional writers is a tough question. I came across a quote by Richard Bach that sent my head in a tailspin! I am a professional writer by occupation, but I was not clear if blogging about golf would be considered professional writing. Additionally, I wondered if golf bloggers are writers or authors or if there is a difference.
For those who do not know, Richard Bach is an American writer who wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull. It is one of his many his famous books. He suggests from his quote that persistent writing on topics like golf lead writers to be considered professional.
Professional writing is a specific style that is a little more formal than for entertainment and allows the reader to make an informed decision about a specific topic. Now, the definition focuses on the workplace, but I would suggest that if any blogger has written an equipment review, course review or offered slightly more than an opinion on a specific golf topic, this would be considered professional writing.
Also, I researched the distinction between being a writer and an author. Not to bore you with all the details, I would consider most golf bloggers writers for sure. If done properly, we touch the author category, but primarily golf bloggers, because of their content, would be considered writers. If we are regularly being paid to write or have been paid to write a single article, I would consider these bloggers as being professional.
In the big scheme of things, the reason for today’s diatribe is rooted in the possible evolution of our golf blogs. In my case, I mostly write about what inspires me for the day. From time to time I include professional writing when offer reviews on courses and equipment. As I”feed the golf beast” (originally said to me by Rick Williams who writes about golf and food) by writing almost daily (to date 85 days in a row) I wonder if there is more to be done with The Grateful Golfer? Do I need to do more? These and many more questions keep bouncing around in my head.
For now, I will stay the course as a writer, sometimes professional writer, and rarely an author. Why change what is working I guess.
Do you consider yourself a writer, professional writer or author? Does it matter?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!