Some writers are snobs. Legitimacy, they claim, can only be gotten from a publication you can hold in your hands. These writers snub the ever-growing world of electronic publishing. Are they right to do so? Aren't E-zine's different after all?
First, we're not talking about a private blog for your thoughts where anything you want seen can and will be without an editor.* We're talking about the same machine as print journals when it comes to editorship, an audience, and even possible compensation. Writers have to go through the same process of submitting and waiting (except with easy and cost-effective E-mail). It isn't a "free admission" type of publishing.
Online publications can also provide your biography/resume with same type of credits/clips as print can. Clips are more impressive online or off when they have a large readership so that hasn't changed any.
But, as briefly mentioned, E-zines are easier in some ways. You don't have to print out pages to submit, run to get more stamps, wait an extra week for your mail to arrive when the verdict on your submission is already in, etc. Many E-zines have their whole issue free to read so you have great literature to read (and then hopefully support) without ordering a sample copy to learn what they accept. The time it saves can be used on writing more.
Questions or comments? Let me hear from you!
*Some blogs have great writing on them regardless of being a personal blog and some blogs are regarded AS E-zines in a sense as they seek out work from writers.