William, thank you for your thoughtful response. I don't normally take the time to respond to readers, but I thought it would be worthwhile to do so here.
I hadn't thought to use the word artisan. It's a much better word for what I meant to capture.
I didn't mean to say no one who is a blogger is an artist. Nor did I mean to say professional artists don't do paycheck or commissioned work. My point was that blogging as an activity is not de facto artistry.
I didn't mean to gatekeep. I can't tell you if what you produced is art or not. What I did mean to do was address this pattern I see on Medium sometimes where we bloggers sometimes take ourselves too seriously. We elevate ourselves to the status of tortured artists, talk about bleeding for our work, and get ourselves so worked up that some of us never manage to produce any posts at all.
It started to affect me. I didn't get all worked up about publishing when I first started, but after a year or two on Medium I began thinking of myself as a tortured writer. It didn't help me produce anything other than some content about being a tortured writer.
This content is a call for us to get over ourselves. We don't bleed for every article. We don't have to. Sometimes blogging is just blogging, and that's okay.