Dervla Murphy was (and is) one of the most acclaimed travel writers of our time. Her work has even influenced Paul Theroux, the editor of several Best American Travel Writing anthologies.
And she believes that blogging is doing the opposite of what people say it does.
She recalls a time in Jaffa. She was staying in a hostel, with the typical backpacking crowd fell in with her and other “white hair” people like herself.
Where she remembered this common space as a place of conversation, of shared experiences and addresses and contact information, writers of our age would remember this: free wifi.
She says that although blogging supposedly “opens up the world” to people, she really just sees writers and bloggers digitally maintain their original space while displacing themselves only physically.
Of course, this is from a writer who is already well-versed in publishing. She has agents and publishers at her disposal after decades of hard work.
But if she had to do it all over again, she says she would take the traditional route.