After having re-read Andrew Sullivan’s “Why I Blog” and reflecting upon my own blog habits over the past few weeks, I have come to realize that both my blog posts and my thoughts about blogging have drastically changed. For starters, through the incorporation of multimedia (videos, pictures, memes, etc.), my blogs have become more personal and more exciting to both write and read. As far as my feelings towards blogging, I now enjoy it more because of the creativity and openness it allows.
What is nice about blogs, as Sullivan states, is that they allow for you to open yourself and your thoughts to the world while, at the same time, others may appreciate your work. The versatility of blogs and blogging allow bloggers an empty canvas for which to paint their own portrayal of the world and their thoughts of it.
In terms of how blogging differs from other types of writing that I’ve done, the nature of blogs is certainly shorter and to the point. In the various academic papers I’ve had to write here at the university, I have never been afforded the opportunity to incorporate multimedia or an informal voice into my writing—blogs, however, allow me to do this. For my paper 2 assignment, I am taking a satiric essay and converting it into a satiric research paper. I am on the fence as to whether I want to continue with this piece or not because I am concerned that it will get rather lengthy and that perhaps a shorter work will be easier/more enjoyable to re-purpose. Time will tell as writing, amongst other things, is a process.