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Why We Blog

(thinking of Jericho's last episode, last season, "Why We Fight")

Okay, this Blog 365 thing has made me a bit OCD about blogging since yesterday. :-P But I have a couple reasons why I write in my LiveJournal.

First, I am keeping a diary. It happens to be online. It's so that I have a picture in time of what is going on. I can look back and see what was happening "this time last year" or whenever.I have kept paper journals in the past, and typing is faster than writing by hand. I don't care if lovely fountain pens do make writing easier--it's still slower than typing. Soooo...why do I write a journal/diary where others can see it? We all hope to have a potential audience. With a paper/offline journal, we hope for an audience posthumously. Online, we can have one sooner. Seriously, everyone who keeps a diary secretly hopes for an audience sometime, whether s/he admits it or not.

Second, I sometimes actually wish tell people something that might be useful information (or it might be just to show off--I admit it, I do hope people will say, "Nice job!" when I complete a knitted or crocheted item or take an especially interesting photo) or ask questions, truly looking for/expecting interaction.

But I do not consider myself "self-publishing" or any source of great writing skill. I am probably one of those people who blogs because s/he can but maybe shouldn't be filling up the 'Net with excess verbiage. I have seen truly wonderful blogs, and this ain't it.

On my website, the combination of my CM's Diary plus the photos and graphics and information about fun things might actually amuse some or give them a sense of forgetting terrible things in the world for a while. That is part of my aim there. It's sort-of my home-away-from-home. And I hope a cozy stopover for anyone else passing through.

How about you? Why do you blog? Really?


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 5th, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
Oh! How weird, we all seem to be reflecting on this right now. I wrote an entry in my blog a couple of days ago, Blogito, Ergo Sum, which is a spin on Descartes' famous "cogito, ergo sum," or "I think, therefore I am":
... even when I wasn’t blogging, I was trying to blog: in Word, on loose papers, on receipts, on napkins, in random notebooks, on the title and back pages of books.

It isn’t the same. A lot of non-bloggers would nod and think they understood it: blogging needs an audience because blogging is exhibitionist. But it’s more than exhibitionism. Blogging is a creative outlet, a process of analysis, a return to the tradition of story telling, a return to community.

An entry in a paper journal is me thinking.
A column in a newspaper is me monologuing.
A blog post is me starting a conversation with hundreds of people all around the world. At once.
Jan. 5th, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)
I just read that entry of yours. I was overwhelmed. Still am. You are an amazing writer. Keep blogging! Wendy was right!
Jan. 5th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jan. 5th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. :-)
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