what to get the writer for christmas

December 23, 2012


christmas_presentWriting is —

One of the few professions linked directly to screaming ads at Christmas time. Or at least that is a definite impression I get. “What to get the writer on your Christmas list!” You don’t see that with a lot of other professions. “Say, got a coal miner on your list? How about this nifty new pick axe?” “Got a pilot on your list? How about an altimeter?” “Here is the perfect gift for that nurse on your list, support hose!” I do not see those ads. And this may be the result of me just hanging out more places “writer” than places “coal miner/pilot/nurse.” But I suspect not.

I am not sure what this says. But I have suspicions. See, the other area that has big screaming advertisements directed specifically at an activity is –


“What to get the rock climber on your list!” “What to get the knitter on your list!” “What go get the cyclist on your list!” You see lots of ads directed at buying people specific gifts for their hobbies. And I find this a little concerning. The implication being, perhaps, that writing is still being considered a hobby and not an actual profession?

I’m not sure I like that.


*By the way if anyone is wondering what to get this writer for Christmas, she could really go for a case of Stag’s Leap merlot. I know! Not even writing related! Crazy, right?

*If you simply must get a writer something writing related? A MacBook Air is always a nice choice or, barring anything quite so nifty? Give a gift certificate. Writing IS a profession and a writer can write off purchases made on a gift certificate.



6 Responses to “what to get the writer for christmas”

  1. Writers like regular presents. We just write the best thank you notes once we get them! ;)

  2. Kym Kemp said

    While people with other kinds of jobs actually can afford hobbies, writers need the basic tools of their trades as gifts in order to survive…On the other hand, this just could be me and my creeping awareness that it is time I asked for a raise.

  3. Max said

    Kym, in addition to asking for a raise, you should consider selling advertising on Red Headed Blackbelt. Lots of people tune in to that blog it addresses a very specific and local demographic. You could have a sponsors page separate from the main page, “please visit our sponsors.” And for more, you could run a widget block down the side that people could place advertising in so it just ran down the side of the page in a side bar and did not interfere with main content but was there for people to check out. Find out what the local papers are charging for ads, that is a good place to start in estimating what local businesses are paying for advertising. You built up a real solid following there, you should let it buy your writing supplies so you can save present time for sparkley things.

  4. ballgame said

    By the way if anyone is wondering what to get this writer for Christmas, she could really go for a case of Stag’s Leap merlot. I know! Not even writing related! Crazy, right?

    Alcohol isn’t “writing related”?? Are you SURE you’re a writer, Max?

  5. Max said

    Try not to confuse the non-writers, Ballgame, we are just getting them thinking outside of pens and dorky coffee cups what do you want here a set back?

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