A blog that I find valuable is actually by a friend of mine. She started it when she was abroad in Australia, a common thing to do when college students study abroad, but a few aspects of this blog stand out to me. Firstly, I admire her forward honesty as a writer and a person. This is something I struggle with. I find my writing persona and everyday personality tend not to line up neatly so when I write, I am hesitant to share it with people I interact with everyday at risk of creating a sense of confusion in their view of me. The author of this blog whole-heartedly shares her experiences as a traveler, a student, a young adult and many other identities. This level of honesty is something I certainly admire and strive to have in my writing as I begin to bridge the gap in my identities as a writer and person.
Another thing this blog has done is surpass it’s expected purpose. While she created the blog to chronicle her abroad experience, she took it past this experience and continues to post about her experiences and growth in college. This is a concept I’d like to directly apply to this class. I would like to take experiences such as writing in this specific blog or a paper for this Gateway course or minor past just the stringent academic boundaries and truly create unique content. By exceeding norms and expectations, especially within writing, I can truly grow, learn and share, as this blog does.
The rhetorical situation of this blog is also a key factor in it’s value. The blog is aimed at her peers. Again, this is admirable because those reading her blog are the quickest to make judgments on her so to share these inner most revelations with this audience is brave in my opinion. In that bravery lies it’s exigence. The author’s directness and truthful recounts of her emotions and experiences inspires others, such as me, to dare to share their writing. It is essential for young people to trust and encourage each other with their inner most passions and writing. This blog is a perfect example of artistic prose courageously shared with the world and unapologetically showcasing the growth of a talented young writer.
This is a link to the music that the author of this blog listens to. I think music is another very personal aspect of somebody’s taste and to share it with an audience is an interesting, daring choice. It’s also an interesting example of a way to share using new multimedia platforms.