First and foremost, I’m a writer. A writer is someone who writes, which can be for a living or out of mere curiousity or love for the craft. An author is a published writer. By being “published,” you can either be published traditionally or self-published.
Second, I’m a columnist. A columnist is someone who writes articles for a regular column in a newspaper or magazine. I’m a columnist in traditional sense, meaning I contribute to regular columns of print publications. I’m also a columnist who contribute to Web-only publications.
A blogger is oftentimes considered a “columnist” too, if he or she writes for a publication’s blog. For instance, if you blog for The New York Times or The Washington Post, you deserve to be called a “columnist.” However, if you write for your own blog, then you’re a “blogger” full stop.
Third, I’m an editor. An editor is someone who assigns, reviews, acquires, and eventually, publishes an article or the manuscript of a book for public consumption. An editor sometimes must work as a copyeditor, which is a grammarian and a “catcher” of writing mistakes. A copyeditor’s job is more technical, while an editor’s job is more of running the whole show of publishing.
Fourth, I’m a publisher. A publisher is someone who makes decisions on publishing calendar, topics to publish, manuscripts to acquire, and the overall strategic planning to ensure that a publication would be profitable. A publisher directs the show.
Fifth, I’m an “infopreneur,” which is short for “information entrepreneur.” An infopreneur creates business goals and works toward achieving those goals. An infopreneur funds the show and ensures that the business model and the revenue model are in alignment in making profits. An infopreneur also manages the corporation and looks for external funding whenever necessary. An infopreneur is both the owner and the spirit of a publication business.
This blog is a chronicle of my journey as an author, a columnist, an editor, a publisher, and an infopreneur.