If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em

I have a very good friend, a writer and editor, who lost her job some time ago. Everywhere she tried to interview they asked the same thing, “Can you show us your blog? How familiar are you with social media?” Well my friend, being an avid lover of the printed page, decided to ignore these clues, insisting that she wouldn’t contribute to the death of the printed page and more tangible forms of communication.

That was last year.  Imagine my surprise when, just last night, I opened my Facebook account to find a friend request from none other than “said friend,”  who simply gave up and started to move into the new technological age, as so many of us have.  After accepting her friend request, she confided that she realized it was time to find newer, more popular means of marketing herself and “getting out there.”

Now, of course, I’ll have to encourage her to blog, too.

2 thoughts on “If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em

  1. Laura Buonarobo

    This was a very interesting blog. I had no idea all this connected in this manner. Great job and I look forward to reading more.

    1. Val

      I agree…while I think there is nothing more satisfying than a good old fashioned paper page-turner (at least for we 40-plus folks), your friend really needs to get out there if she is going to compete and survive in today’s market. Another challenge for writers and editors today, I think, is finding that coveted place on the readers’ monitor/tablet/smart phone everyday — readers who now have to weed through an explosive collection of junk produced by laypeople who fancy themselves professional writers. The Internet has really put a new spin on the “Marketplace of Ideas.”

      Nice post. Keep ’em coming! 🙂


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