Anyone can write something just for themselves. If you publish your writing, it's available to others. For a writer, to publish is about the best thing there is.

Like a lot of words, publish is used in a few ways. When a writer publishes six articles, six pieces of his or her writing have been accepted for publication in books or magazines. When a company publishes an article or book, it actually prints it up and sells it to the public. If you write a blog, you can also say that you publish your writing. Or, a teacher can publish a magazine of student writing just for her class.

Definitions of publish
  1. verb
    prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
    publish a magazine or newspaper”
    synonyms: bring out, issue, put out, release
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    supervise the publication of
    type of:
    air, bare, publicise, publicize
    make public
  2. verb
    put into print
    “The newspaper published the news of the royal couple's divorce”
    synonyms: print
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    publish again
    publish in a gazette
    type of:
    create, make, produce
    create or manufacture a man-made product
  3. verb
    have (one's written work) issued for publication
    “She published 25 books during her long career”
    synonyms: write
    compose, indite, pen, write
    produce a literary work
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    type of:
    create verbally
    create with or from words
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