During every Writing 220 class, we have exchanged our ideas and thoughts with one another. By doing so, we have pushed each other to become better writers and better thinkers. We do in class what Andrew Sullivan believes is done on the web through blogs. He believes that a blogger is a part of a huge conversation. By taking part in that conversation, the blogger’s ideas are shaped and informed. Conversely, the blogger also has the power to shape and inform his readers.
Whether it’s through blogs or in class, I wanted to join the minor to participate in this intellectual cycle. In the minor, I hope to offer some insight to my peers while having my own ideas shaped by them. So far, I feel like I am accomplishing this goal by working closely with my classmates and writing personally meaningful pieces.
Sullivan views writing blogs as a thrill. While Didion and Orwell allude to the drudgery and pressure of writing, Sullivan talks about the energy and stimulation that comes from the immediacy of blogging. There is much less at stake in blogging because there is more room for error. According to Sullivan, blogging is about putting yourself out there and letting your immediate emotions and thoughts flow onto the page. Perhaps the instant nature of blogging is less strenuous, but less rewarding in the end because it is less strenuous. Didion and Orwell both seem to struggle with their pieces, constantly searching for the right words to communicate their messages. Although less pleasurable, maybe the struggle makes the end product more rewarding. Everyone writes for different reasons, and blogging seems to satisfy some writers much more than others.