For the blogging basics sheet, it was pretty straightforward, but I was surprised by how silly I found somethings to be. For instance blogging etiquette to tag another blogger. And then the need to update your blog more than 3 times a week to get a good amount of bloggers. I guess I’m just really confused, and maybe a little behind with this whole thing, but how do people have that much to say to other people? I understand the travel blogs because they are updating with new trips they have taken, but even then I find it hard to want to read everything about people’s thoughts. I want to get myself out into the blogging world because I know that our world is changing quickly, but I am finding it hard to think of anything that I could write about every night for other people to read and look at.
In Sullivan’s piece, he brings up this idea of “web-log” again and I can see that he feels blogging has become a great modern avenue of writing. Although I don’t like the idea of sharing personal information on the internet, I really liked his comparison to a ship’s log and how you “have the curious sense of moving backward in time as you move forward in pages”. I think this is a really unique way to look at this style of writing that is so much different from reading a book as he describes. The more I read his work, the more of a proponent of blogging I became. His words on immediate writing or writing out loud that requires no other thoughts other than just expression intrigues me. I had only ever thought of this kind of writing for myself alone in my journal and I am curious what it would be like to share this kind of writing that I create.
Although this idea of free writing and writing out loud is very appealing, the idea of sharing thoughts and then hearing negative feedback is something that I find a little scary about blogging. Perhaps by starting my own blog, I will be able to develop a little thicker of skin.