A reformed journalist, I am an enthusiastic blogomist/contributing editor on business and career for BlogHer since 2006.
Not long after I started my blog in 2004, I ran across someone who was calling himself a blogomist. Until that time I was still thinking of myself as a newspaper columnist who just happened to be writing on a blog.
I decided I would be a blogomist too and put it on my business card. As people scan my card, they usually chuckle when they come to my self-proclaimed title. When you have a blog called FunnyBusiness you want people to laugh at what you write.
When I returned from my first Blogher Conference, I wrote about this decision in Blogomist vs. Citizen Journalist.
As I was updating the card, I hesitated on what I should call myself. Am I a journalist? a columnist? A citizen journalist? Or, a Blogomist?
I chose blogomist. Not just because,as my friend John thought, I was playing off of the word bigamist --I reminded him that I chose blogomist much as a biology professional would call themselves a biologist.
The blogomist trend has not taken off. My guess is, like my friend John pointed out, it does sound an awful lot like bigamist and maybe a bit pretentious as well.
Pretentious or not, I still prefer to think of myself as a blogomist. There is a difference between job titles that end in "er" vs. those careers that end in "ist" or "ant."The ists and ants seem to signal advanced skills.
* teacher vs. learning specialist
* freelance writer vs. copy consultant
* manager vs. evangelist
* barber vs. hair stylist
* dietician vs. nutritionist
* doctor(technically not an "er" but it sounds like one,) vs. cardiologist
Long before Elana thought of herself as a blogomist she was journalist.
Elana Centor started her journalism career, after earning a B.J. Degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, as a reporter for WWBT-TV in Richmond, Virginia. During her five years in front of the camera, Elana covered the courts, city government, and consumer affairs. She won an Associated Press Award for a documentary on Drunken Driving.
Elana did not love being a TV Reporter.
Elana spent the next 20 years writing for business: speeches, presentations, brochures, videos, direct marketing packages —you name it, she’s written it. Along the way, she has received numerous awards including recognition from the New York Film and Television Festival and the Direct Marketing Association.
Working on the inside has given Elana an opportunity to observe the politics, policies and performance of corporate America. While she has always taken her work very seriously, she has, at times, been amused and quite frankly baffled by the inner workings of business.
Today, Elana continues to write and consult in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors.
She is the author of the “Web Wisdom” portion of the Marketing Workbook for Nonprofit Organizations, published by the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and is currently working on the Third Edition of the book which will have a major focus on social media. It is being published by Fieldstone Alliance and is scheduled for a fall 2009 release. Yikes! I better start writing.
I'll start with music in no particular order that I've been listening to this week: Randy Newman, Delbert McClinton, Sting, Annie Lenox, Josh Groban, Etta James, Diana Krall