Portrait of the Artist as a Man
August 8, 2015

I am Torn

I’ve been looking at sending poetry for publication. Like to paper publications, publications that offer money or prizes. A number of the publications I like require that poems submitted be unpublished, of course, but that definition now includes publication to personal blogs.

Why do you even post to your blog?

I publish to my blog for a few reasons:

  1. It’s a mental final step” that says I’m done editing.
  2. I’d like feedback from readers.
  3. I like y’all to know I’m still alive.

To a degree I feel a mighty need, likely from over a decade of blogging, to get stuff out there regularly. I like writing; I find it satisfying, and knowing people are reading makes it doubly so. But the prospect of formal publication (and, dare I hope, payment?) is awfully tantalizing…

…even as the thought of not posting a poem so I can try to get it published in a more formal way is irksome…

Which also implies thati believe putting it on a blog is not formal publication.

Which is curious…

So.. I’m sort of at a loss.

To post or to publish?


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