Definition: Me

"So just email me the text you want for your business cards and we'll get started on some designs for you to choose from." That's Marlynn Schotland, a.k.a @designmama, talking. I fell in love with another bloggy boot camp conference attendee's business cards, decided I needed a new look, and asked Marlynn to design some cards for me when I saw what she had to offer at the conference. I'm going to the National Latino Writer's Conference in less than a week and am shooting for being as memorable as I can be.

I fire off an email, thinking I'm so done with this and move on to my Table of Contents for my book. I'm way busy right now trying to get it done before I leave so I can not look like a jackass should an agent actually ask me for my proposal at the conference. I don't get very far when I realize I only asked Marlynn to include name, phone, and email on my cards. I should email her back and ask her to add my blog address. So I do. Email sent and head right back in the TOC.

Wait! I didn't put "writer/blogger" under my name. I start a new email and decide to send Twitter BFF Juliette a google talk message first.

"Biz cards: Under name do I put "writer/blogger" or just one or the other?"

She writes back quickly and says the same thing The Husband told me five minutes earlier when I asked him. "Writer. Bloggers just write blogs. Don't pigeon-hole yourself."

I might have magazine articles, newspaper clips, essays, poetry, and children's books in the works that all say "by Pauline M. Campos" in files at home, but just listening to Juliette and The Husband isn't that easy. A huge part of who I am is on this site. Shouldn't I acknowledge it on my business card? Juliette tells me not to be an idiot. So I look up definitions.

Writer:

A person who writes, or produces literary work en.wiktionary.org/wiki/writer

writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)

a person who is able to write and has written something

wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

*writing - the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"

*writing - the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect); "the writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"

*writing - (usually plural) the collected work of an author; "the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings"

*writing - letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language; "he turned the paper over so the writing wouldn't show"; "the doctor's writing was illegible"

*writing - the activity of putting something in written form; "she did the thinking while he did the writing"

wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

Blogger:

a person who keeps and updates a blog wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

A blog (a contraction of the term "web log")[1] is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloggers

I choose writer. Because that's what I do. I include the Aspiring Mama URL because that's one of the places I do it.