Many people have embraced Newsvine and it's brothers in the world of so called citizen journalism. Even more have embraced the medium of blogging. Some however are still conscious of writing, be it online or in print. Why these people consider themselves less inept than others can be confusing to those used to these mediums, but they are there none the less.
One of the reasons is obviously the work of it. Should a story, column or entry be noticed and appreciated people call out for more. With a weight on their shoulders and a wage to earn these people simply consider writing continually a chore, a time they cannot afford. Yet more people blame the time it takes to write a single good article in the first place, or the time it takes a good writer to be noticed in this over-populated landscape.
The issue of time also extends to timing. With so many stories being so quickly embraced, rehashed and out right slaughtered by the over popular news and blog websites in such a short space of time, being in the leading pack is quite truly a challenge. With far less resources than the traditional media there is always a question of how exactly to break news which isn't readily available until broken else where; a challenge which will always plague the citizen journalist.
Traditional media writers and broadcasters generally don't have a great sense of language or ability to write in a compelling way. The reason for this has always been excused as a balance, a lack of bias in their reporting which in reality is rarely to be found. Good stories are often biased, but stories, in the literal sense of the word are supposed to be aren't they? Citizen journalists are forever struggling with being told they are biased (viz. flaming) for writing in a passionate or intriguing mannor. Alternatively they are taunted and told they have no ability with their language and should simply not bother to write as absurdly generic material. Meanwhile the traditional media continue in their old vein untouched.
This feedback is the straw that broke the camels back for many of the "would-be but don't" of amateur reporters. With literally hundreds of comments regularly flogging blogs with little to no reach outside of that single post, or even with the more mainstream of the sites not owned by "the man" it comes down to being out right afraid. This isn't a small thing either; they should be afraid. Regardless of the embarrassment factor there is also the lives of these people to think of. While they are being mocked and humiliated for having written a text their own style, they face a grave consequence as employers and colleagues find out. Be it that such people are destroyed for having written something vaguely relating to their business, or that they are simply not tolerated for having written anything which got them personal negative press it's not something corporations look on with ease.
The trouble with writing online is not then just that people are lazy, but also that they see the many barriers to entry. As we begin to break such barriers down, as society grows toward the idealism of being able to participate in life however one sees fit once more it will begin to grow easier for those who simply don't feel they can. Perhaps we should think about the strains of the few who decide to brave the cold, those who do write outside of their jobs and cut a little slack to those who appear to have more than enough sometimes.