After a few weeks of regular blogging, I am not sure if my style has really changed all that much. I don’t necessarily think that this is a bad thing, as my understanding of this form of writing is still essentially the same as it was at the commencement of this class. While Andrew Sullivan’s provided me with the challenges of blogging, mainly the high octane nature of the art, it really didn’t cause me to reevaluate the reasons as to why I blog. Although, the more that I invest into blogging, the more I respect those who are able to do this for a living. Obviously I respect the tremendous amount of work that goes into constantly finding the latest story, but the level of scrutiny that bloggers are constantly under is borderline ridiculous. As a blogger, one must be comfortable and confident enough in their product to withstand the constant onslaught of negative commentary that inherently comes along with a post. Even more astonishing is that these bloggers must actually consider these comments and respond to them. As Sullivan says, ignoring errors or mistakes will inevitably lead to readers abandoning the site and moving on to a competitor.
In my opinion, the biggest difference between blogging and more traditional forms of writing is this aforementioned ability to accept and respond to criticism on a constant basis. This seems especially difficult because the more one considers other people’s thoughts and adjusts accordingly, the less personal their writing will ultimately seem. It is also without a doubt a sore point with writers as there is always a sense of egoism in one’s work, as George Orwell mentioned.
I think that the main reason that these challenges are not seen in other forms of writing, is because the audience is generally much smaller. The essay that I have chosen to repurpose can be considered academic, and one that was really directed solely at convincing my GSI of my argument. There were many specific details that were not included in my work, because I knew she had extensive background knowledge on the subject. So, the biggest challenge that I face will be to able to provide the necessary background information without either making the reader feel unintelligent or bore them to death. I will also attempt to write this in a manner where individuals who are not necessarily interested in politics, will be intrigued with my argument. All of these are somewhat daunting tasks, but I think that if I am successful, my skills as a writer will be much more well rounded, subsequently giving me more confidence.