Looking at my past blogs, I was surprised to notice a common theme of frustration. While I definitely do not intend to complain and sound frustrated in my blog posts, it is interesting that I come off this way. Maybe blogging gives me insight into my own thoughts? Regardless, if you are in my new blog group and have been reading my blogs,know that I am not a frustrated person, I swear!! Beyond my frustration that is evidently apparent in my blogs, I noticed that my tone often switches from one that is formal to one that is very colloquial depending on the nature of the assignment. For example, when I blog about a reading or when I am answering a specific question, I tend to have a more formal tone. However when I use my blog to discuss something writing related on my mind, I tend to have a more informal, sarcastic tone. Because my tone so often changes, it is hard for me to establish a blog persona. Maybe that is something that I need to work on as a blogger…establishing a single tone that will allow readers to recognize my voice.
My favorite post was the post that I have written was about website layouts because I was able to look at websites that I visit so often from a new perspective – I was able to think about them in new ways. I really like blogging because through analyzing text or even just “venting,” taking 10-12 minutes to write my thoughts often allows me to challenge myself and think about things in a new light. While I really enjoy “venting” because I can analyze my own thoughts, it is these same posts that least like, because after re-reading them I feel that I come off as a bitter person. While after Tuesday’s class I see how these posts are beneficial (we were all able to discuss common problems with essay #2), when I write these I feel like I am just venting for the sake of producing a blog post – basically, I feel like I am whining and complaining and I really don’t mean to sound like this!