At the start of this course, I was a little unsure about blogging. A lot unsure about blogging actually. I had never tried it before and I was not used to writing in a less formal tone. Nevertheless, I have become more comfortable with it and even turn to it sometimes to help me sort out my thoughts. As I mention in my recent post about my re-purposing project, blogging as turned into my stream of consciousness. I can toss ideas out into the blogging world and all of you lovely people can choose to comment and maybe help me refine my ideas! I have much more appreciation for the blogging process and it has helped me to approach my writing in general (not just blogging) in a more reflective, constructive way.
Sullivan’s piece on blogging has more significance for me now that I am forced to blog regularly. As I said, I appreciate the process much more now, and re-reading what he wrote even gave me new ideas on how to approach my future blog posts (I can give credit to Sullivan for reminding me that adding hyperlinks – see the hyperlink I added above – to blog posts is one of the powers of blogging). I am refreshed with the ideas that I can incorporate into my blog posts, many of which I have forgotten about/not made use of (i.e. pictures, videos, etc.).
A part of Sullivan’s piece caught my eye as I went back through it and that is the distinction between a “writer” and a “blogger”. The two are different largely because of the different approach they take to writing. A writer is assumed to have thought long and hard before writing, whereas a blogger does just the opposite. I think that this is interesting…can’t a blogger be a writer and vice versa? Maybe the two realms – writing and blogging – can be separated (for example, when Sullivan says, “The triumphalist notion that blogging should somehow replace traditional writing is as foolish as it is pernicious.”), but can you really separate a writer from a blogger? Just a thought as I re-read the essay…
In light of my re-purposing project of creating a travel essay, I will take a cue from Sullivan’s thoughts on blogging by infusing my personality into the piece. If I don’t do this, I think that my re-purposing will turn out dry and uninteresting – to both myself and any reader.
Blogging is definitely a different form of writing that what I have done in the past, but I think that there are valuable take aways from it.