Who am I as a blogger?

What is my blogging persona?

This question is way too ambiguous to even get into with any real depth but I’m going to try really hard and give that answer that everyone hates: it depends!

In some forums, like this one, I am very self-contemplative. I like to go over the small aspects of my everyday experiences and pick them apart to understand them. I am introspective and take great lengths and energy to understand myself in the context of others. I began the semester thinking that everything that I write about should be important and influential; that I accomplish nothing unless I try to change the world.

Blogging in this class, in a very informal setting has made me much more comfortable with breaking out of my self-important haze. It has made me understand that I don’t have to me the most interesting person with the most interesting ideas talking to the world at this moment. I just have to be true to myself and what I want out of my writing. If I want to write about the world, but blogging shows me that I don’t have to confine myself to any one area.

This means that as a blogger, I’m free from the confines of serious writing. I still love to talk about social justice, and I would argue that the blog is totally an appropriate place for that, but it is so much more versatile than other forms of writing.

Blogging Style

My blogging style started off very academic. I would treat each post as a class assignment, spending a couple hours writing and editing each post to make them perfect. It was hard to get past the idea that people I didn’t know very well would be reading all of my posts and that blogging counted as part of my grade.

But as the semester went on my blogging became less formal. I try to write as if I’m speaking, and try to make my posts like the start of a conversation. I tend to use this blog to ask a lot of questions. I like connecting with others about class assignments and thoughts about writing, and all the feedback I’ve received has been very helpful!

My blogging persona has changed a lot, and I’d like to keep working on it after this semester. I want to keep working on sharing things that are not class-related. I love reading what you all have posted about writing in general and all the random, awesome things you’ve found on the internet or in life. I still hope to become more of a “blogger,” not just someone who blogs for a class.

Myself as a Blogger

As someone who has had to blog for other classes in the past, I thought that I knew everything that I needed to know about this platform and type of writing.  Because there was no direction given to the ways that blogs should be written in my previous classes, I felt like blogging was just a boring old way to keep track of your thoughts on different issues and communicate with others in your class.  The thoughts that I had posted were never addressed or responded to — the entire process seemed quite uninteresting and not useful in a class setting.

However, I can tell that my thoughts on this have changed by the way that I now take the time to think more critically about what I plan on writing and making this interesting and engaging for the greater audience I am reaching.  I think that because of the time that we spent in this class reading different blog posts and studying the ways that blogging can be fun and make a difference were crucial to my growing appreciation for blogging.  Especially in terms of the perspectives that we read about in the blog carnival, I have continued to search for blog posts that catch my attention and showcase a writer’s inherent abilities and distinct voice as a strength.  While it still might not be the most easy or enjoyable use of my time, I can at least recognize now the effort that goes into creating and maintaining a blog and blogging persona that feels natural and true.

As for myself as a blogger, I will have to see whether or not I will continue to blog in the future — be it for future classes, jobs, or just for fun.  The thought of creating a blog seems a little less scary now, but I’m still not sure if I would really be able to ever be super comfortable sharing so often in this public medium.  This is something that I am still working on — becoming more comfortable with the idea of being viewed or criticized by others.  But as an essential part of blogging, I realize that this will always happen no matter what the situation.  It’s just a matter of time… let’s see where the interesting things that I’ve learned throughout this class will take me!

Blogging Persona

At the very beginning of the semester, I was brand new to blogging.  It was something I had never done before, and I was admittedly skeptical about whether or not I would enjoy it.  I have said earlier that I am much more used to doing formal writing, so at first, I was unsure what sort of writing style to use in my blogs.  I didn’t know how personal I should be or how structured my blogs had to be.  As I continued to post, however, things became much easier and I began to feel much more comfortable sharing with my peers.  That whole idea of directly sharing with so many other students was also very new to me, and I didn’t know what to think about it at the beginning.  This was the first time I that I knew when I clicked “Publish” my writing would be on display for so many others to see.  This definitely made me nervous and even more unsure of what kind of writing my blogs should consist of.

I think it really helped me to read other students’ blogs, as well as their comments on my own blogs.  It helped me realize that the whole blogging world, at least as far as I’m concerned, is all about communication.  I saw how other students loved to share what they were going through on a certain subject, even if they were struggling.  This notion really hit home when I read some comments from students offering me suggestions for my own issues.  Now, I see blogging not as a tedious task, but as something that could be very helpful and even sometimes therapeutic.  For some reason, I find it much easier to write about what I’m struggling with than to talk about it.  This blog gives me the perfect forum to do so, and even provides me with potential aid in the form of my fellow students

A Whole New World

I’m a Disney fanatic. So when thinking about how my thoughts on blogging have changed throughout this semester, Aladdin popped into my head and now I have the song “A Whole New World” stuck in my head. I’m hoping you’ve all seen Aladdin, but if not, just try to roll with me on this one…

Magic Carpet Ride

In the beginning, I completely wrote it off. When I found out about the blog I was so annoyed and all I thought was that blogging is not for me. Just like Jasmine completely wrote off Prince Ali as just another pompous, pretty boy, I felt like blogging would never capture my attention.

After my first post, I became slightly obsessed with finding little things that made me not want to do it so that I could fuel my hate fire. I thought, “this is stupid because I can’t insert videos.” Or, “nobody is really reading this so why does it matter?” Everything I wrote followed a certain prescriptive style that I had invented to get through each post. Just like Jasmine obsessed over getting Prince Ali out of the palace, I kept looking for a way out.

But just in the midst of my obsession, I saw something in blogging that reflected a joy I had once known. Blogging reminded me of the journals I had kept in middle school that contained free writes and poetry that simply filled my life with something new and adventurous that I hadn’t had before. [Here’s that magical moment] “Is it safe?” “Sure! Do you trust me?” And then Jasmine realizes she’s met Prince Ali before as Aladdin and it clicks and she grabs his hand and the carpet takes off.

And now it’s all been “a dazzling place I never knew” since then. I really enjoy the blog and what’s more is I really enjoy reading other people’s posts more than anything. I think this new way of keeping up with each other is one of the great things that has come with this generation of technological rhetoric. I think my style has stayed very similar, reflecting the emotional and personal touches that I loved about my middle school days, but with an added depth.

Since the song is now stuck in your head as well, here’s the link to the YouTube video. You’re welcome.

 

Hey! Who blogged the toilet?

Blogging is uncomfortable.

Writing words that will be seen by people other than my Comm 101 GSI is uncomfortable. Having the freedom to write whatever you want for blog assignments is uncomfortable. The word “blog “makes me feel as uncomfortable as the word “moist”.

Seriously, imagine your 2nd grade teacher saying the word “moist”.

Imagine me in 2nd grade?

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Another thing that makes me feel uncomfortable is the disgrace that is every one of my blog posts in the month of September. A critical evaluation of Curzan’s perspective on something (which I didn’t reread because I fell asleep before I finished the title) was terrible.

While my more recent posts don’t always make sense, they are at least more interesting. My persona as a blogger has evolved from the nervous kid sitting in the corner and only raising her hand because of participation to the annoying girl in the front row that has no problem correcting the teacher. Blogging is still uncomfortable, just in a different way. Here! Read my thoughts!

putting on my bloggerpants

I think what scared me the most about blogging at the beginning of the semester was the freedom. Even though every week we’re given guidelines and suggestions, when it comes time to sit down on my WordPress dashboard I usually end up doing the whole “write a word, no that sounds dumb, write a sentence, ehhh” dance. I tend to want to jump around and address all different topics related to the prompt, or change my mind all over the place, and I’ve found it’s a lot easier to control these tendencies over longer, more academic pieces than for these blogs. So this class has definitely taught me the importance of being succinct yet comprehensive over just a few paragraphs. (Though I’m not sure my rambling tendencies will ever go away)

I’d also never really written in the kind of conversational tone I associate with blogging before this class, and especially early in the semester found myself self-conscious writing directly to my classmates (in retrospect, none of you are scary at all). I’ve grown a lot more comfortable blogging, and I think I’ve started to get the hang of the balance between super formality and super personal. I still haven’t gotten the hang of blogging with images (my instinct right now is to post a picture of pants to elude to the title of this post. I have since talked myself out of that idea), so that’s something to work on.

I’ve noticed that throughout the semester as a class we’ve collectively become more comfortable with blogging and each other’s styles, and I know that’s definitely helped me benefit from the blog beyond our required posts and comments. thanks guys!

 

Blogger Style

I think that I’ve learned a lot about blogging this semester from having to do it nearly every week. I definitely still have a lot of work to do in my perspective of blogging, as most the time I forget that there is an audience out there reading my posts and it’s not just a personal diary.

I have however become more comfortable with blogging about a variety of topics. In the past, I had only blogged on things specific to me and what was on my mind. However, through this class I gained experience in blogging on subjects that connected to other people. I learned how to think about what the other bloggers in my community would be saying on the subject and how we can engage together.

Generally, I used to write my blog as if I was just talking to myself. And while I still do struggle with getting out of my off-hand, simple tone, I do spend much more time thinking about what I’m writing, how I’m writing it and the people that will be reading it.

The Different Types of Blogs

Being a person that very frequently browses blogs and even keeps her own, I can say that blogs differ incredibly based on where you look for them. As an avid Tumblr user, I’m exposed to hundreds of blogs every day, though Tumblr blogs tend to be a bit different than the traditional blog you may search for online. An example of a more traditional blog that I follow would be the blog of my favorite writer, Patrick Rothfuss.

Pat writes mostly for his readers in order to keep them updated on his writing, his projects, and his life in general. With his purpose being keeping his readers updated, the audience is clearly defined as anyone interested in his writing or various other projects. On the blog, it is common for Pat to recount his experiences at signings and conventions as well as to announce tour dates. On a more personal level he also frequently shares amusing stories about his young son as well as any fanmail or art that catches his eye.

While that probably isn’t the most interesting subject for those of you that have never heard of the man, I think it’s important to make a distinction between his type of more formal blog as opposed to the ones you would find on sites like Tumblr. While Pat’s posts are usually pretty wordy and give useful information about his life and work, the majority of the blogs I follow tend to be less informational and a lot more personal. Tumblr is designed in a way that encourages photos and videos to be posted, so that when there are text posts on blogs, they tend to be very short. While those bloggers with large followings would probably tend to write more and have a clear audience, blogs on Tumblr tend to be places to express the self rather than to cater to a certain group of people.

Those that steer clear of blogs or blogging sites might be surprised or interested in the fact that even within blogging itself reside different types of blogs and bloggers, ranging from incredibly informal personal blogs to blogs that cater to a specific audience or even those that are solely created as a diary for the blogger themselves. It will be interesting to see the evolution of blogging in the future and whether it continues on a track to become more and more informal and personal.

Learning About Simple Things in a Complex Way

Right now, I don’t want to learn about simple things in a complex way, and most people don’t, as the reading, “The Big Picture” decided. I  think that there is merit in hiding simple ideas in complex thought, however, I also think I am lazy and have to do other things like think about complex ideas in an oversimplified way (Physiology 201).

Do you think that there is value in obstructing simple concepts? I think so. Take “Street Haunting” by Virginia Woolf. Her prose is complex, marbled with description and difficult language, and the events are so strange that the reader is not really sure if and when they are happening. In analyzing the beautiful prose and the construction of the story, a reader can find simple concepts. Cheezy as it is, someone could effectively argue, “it’s about the journey” or “experiences are better than material possessions,” etc. But if Virginia Woolf just wrote those things on a poster and attached a sunrise or other picture that always seems to be on inspirational posters, her work would no longer be beautiful (in my opinion). The beauty of her work, I think, is the covering up of simple concepts with beautiful language and a story, and making the concepts available to the reader only if they wish to see them.

I admire and enjoy simple concepts explained well in complicated ways, but I don’t want to have to see any of that sort of writing right now.

Thoughts?