First, read this: School uniforms don't have to cost so much @ Greater Greater Education
Like many bloggers, I am an amateur writer. Tiny bits of money from Endless Simmer aside, I've never been paid to write. I was a teacher, and now I am a mom. A mom who blogs, yes, but this blog is all my own, and because of the demand for content (from my mom), most posts just get a quick read through (if that) before I hit publish.
So, when I blithely submitted my first contribution to Greater Greater Education (sub-blog of Greater Greater Washington), it was a bit of an eye-opener. The GGE editor (kindly) wrote back that not only was my post not ready for publication, it was not even actually ready to be edited. It seems that my off-the-cuff style, perfect (ish) for this here blog, was not quite what they were looking for. I contacted some sources, had a few back-and-forths with the admin person about actually logging into the system, did a little teeny bit of html-ing. One major and ten or so minor rewrites later, the post was finally (finally!) done.
Here's what this experience has taught me: journalism is hard. I spent many hours on this tiny article. It's no wonder that the 10+ page New Yorker articles take months or years to write. Perhaps someday I might dip more than a toe in the pond of journalism, but for now, I will soak up the feeling of having completed something that was not so easy to do. At least for a few days, when it will be time get started on my next GGE article.
Bring it, I say.