I never thought I would be doing this.
Back in 2006 when my daughter was born, the blogging phenomenon was already going strong. And I definitely thought I had a handle on it, that I understood what it was about even if it seemed not to make sense for me personally. I was a professional writer, after all. Why would I want to give my work away for nothing when I had labored for years to get to a point where I could get paid for it? For people who weren’t professional writers, the chance to be able to put their words and thoughts out there publicly on the internet, to have a platform (to use the kidnapped word now attached to that idea), was exciting.
What I didn’t understand at the time was how being able to “self-publish” was part of a larger societal and cultural transformation that would lead…
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