This week, continuing her discussion on bl, Dr. Tanya has asked our opinion on this quote;
“The Internet destroyed most of the barriers to publication. The cost of being a publisher dropped to almost zero with two interesting immediate results: anybody can publish, and more importantly, you can publish whatever you want.”
Internet, and more relevantly, the freedom to create your own website and post your content on it, was what broke the barrier to publishing. And it is true that anyone who wants to, can publish their thoughts, stories or research on the internet.
As far as blogging is concerned, I pay for the privilege to publish my blog. It’s not that I cannot blog for free but paying for a site ensures that WordPress won’t delete my site if they so feel inclined. It also means that they won’t put any corny or gruesome ads on my blog posts.
Another way we use internet to publish our content is via ebooks. Since I haven’t done this yet, I’m not very cognizant with it’s details but I’m sure it doesn’t cost the money it does to publish a real paper book.
So yes, I agree that having the facility of self-publishing our content on the web, has to some degree made it free( cheaper) for ordinary people. But whoever uses this freedom should keep in mind that their content should be well-edited and free of errors. There are too many books and posts that lose their impact because they haven’t been edited properly.
Written for Blogging Insights NF# 32, hosted by Tanya