So here I am again, blogging about blogging. I just finished another blog for different class I am in about Visuality and New Media and I am in one of those modes where I am so relieved to be done. A blog post about how iTunes has changed it’s “self-interpretation” through it’s multiple interfaces just wasn’t that fun to write. Compared to that “blog” assignment that had strict guidelines, a super specific prompt, and even a word limit, writing for this blog almost seems therapeutic.
After re-reading Andrew Sullivan’s blog after becoming such an “expert” blogger in the past couple weeks, I definitely think I took some different points from it this time I didn’t notice last time. I had never blogged before in my life before this class so when I read the Sullivan piece the first time I liked his ideas, but I didn’t really understand them, nor did I relate to them. Now I do.
He states, “ For bloggers, the deadline is always now. Blogging is therefore to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.” I completely agree. When I am blogging, I feel as if I am just writing down my thoughts, and don’t have to worry as much about what I am saying as I do for other classes. I guess this is mainly thanks to the gamification grid, but also it is because of the freedom of blogging. I find this ironic from my initial views of blogging because at first I thought I would be nervous writing for blogs because anyone could read it, but now I find that I feel less worried. I guess Sullivan epitomizes this in a way when he states: “To blog is therefore to let go of your writing in a way, to hold it at arm’s length, open it to scrutiny, allow it to float in the ether for a while.”
It’s funny though that I get this sense of freedom and therapy from this blogging but another assignment I have that is titled “blogging” is so the opposite. I guess the genres of blogging can differ as much as blogging can from other forms of writing. Yet as for the repurposing project, I am hoping that I will get the sense of freedom and enjoyment I get from writing these blog entries in that piece as well.