In case there’s anyone out there that doesn’t know the difference between a reporter and a blogger, I’m going to fill you in right now. Reporters are supposed to be professional journalists who hopefully have a degree in journalism from an accredited college or university, and who are supposed to report the news without any bias or slant. Bloggers, on the other hand, include any Joe or Jane Citizen with an opinion or two, and a website on which to publish them. Reporters usually get paid for their work. Most bloggers would probably like to get paid, but unless a blogger gets lucky and is discovered by a media outlet that’s willing to pay them for their opinions, a blogger’s paycheck consists of someone patting them on the shoulder and saying, “Great column!” Lastly, a non-biased report of the news by a professional reporter is called an “article.” An opinion piece, either by an editor, a columnist, a pundit, or a blogger, is simply called a “column” or a “blog.”
I hope we’re clear on the difference between fact and opinion. Raise your hand if you’re still not sure.
Which brings me to the point of this particular column. As you all know by now, I am a blogger. Even though I do a lot of dirt digging, research and investigation, when I write a column, most of the time I’m giving you my opinion. Of course, when I have facts that can be substantiated, I will give you all the details. Then I’ll write my opinion about the dirt I dig up. I’ll also try to entertain you while doing so. Continue reading