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To Blog or Not to Blog?

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 13, 2008 1 Comment

Prof. Kern’s provocative post on blogging got me thinking…why is it that I blog? Why do I find the medium so inviting, such a great FIT for my intellectually and emotionally expressive needs? Why is it that when I haven’t blogged in a while, I feel an unsettling vacuum within, as if I have a “missed call” I need to get to? Like an “unread email” that’s waiting in my inbox, that I know I need to attend to, want to attend to, that is calling out to me? Like an item tantalizingly not crossed off my to-do list? Why is it that blogging, an expressive activity I have only indulged in for the past year, has become so very internalized?

I think there’s something very empowering about the dissolution, the dissolving, of the public and the private that blogs represent. Blogging is a kind of public introspection, private musings on a pubic platform, where strangers can suck in your innermost thoughts laid bare. In opening up my somewhat raw, unprocessed thoughts for public consumption, what else changes apart from the targeted audience (for even when you write for yourself, you write for an audience-albeit an audience of one)? Is blogging heralding the death of the personal, private, closed-for-others’-eyes journal? Have we moved on from an era of deep self-introspection with limited circulation of our thoughts, to opening them up to any and every prying or curious eye? If they are intended for others, as journals traditionally weren’t, are blogs, then, very different from journals or diaries? Why do I find it so addictive, intellectually and emotionally, to give (cyber)space to these half-formed thoughts swirling around in my head? Why is it almost a compulsion to so religiously document my experiences, mundane or everyday as they may be, on blogs? Why does my experience, as manifested in a blog post, have to be so publicly available, searchable, accessible to random strangers (though a couple of not-so-random friends also happen to frequent my blog)? Well, until I chance upon the answers, here are some more unformed nuggets for your consumption. Enjoy?

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One Response to “To Blog or Not to Blog?”

  1. daveski on: 13 November 2008 at 7:13 pm

    One thing I think is interesting in blogs is how a single post can point so many directions. I feel like when we’re blogging, it’s more like surfing, riding a wave, much more than the expression “surfing the internet” indicates. Because you never know if you’re going to stay on the board, if all the hyperlinks and references, and people you imagine *might* read your post, are going to pull your post apart in a hundred directions. But still…there it is. 🙂

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