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To Blog or Not to Blog?

Written By: emmeline on December 3, 2008 4 Comments

I just had an hour-long conversation about blogging, the Internet, and the maladjustment with our smallness in this vast world and our subsequent desire to write and to be read.  For those of you who know me from classes, I’m sure you won’t believe me, but I pretty much talked non-stop for almost an hour on topics I can’t get myself to say more than three words about in a graduate seminar setting.

The title of this post is more than a trite allusion to our favorite angst-ridden Dane.  It speaks to the conflicted, on-again-off-again relationship I have had with blogging for going on eight years.

I once had a personal “teacher-musing-on-life-for-her-students-to-read” blog – one in which I pondered the deeper questions of life (ranging from “Who really did let the dogs out?” to “Why do we envy the people closest to us?”) and had a small but faithful readership of people I knew.  As a life-long wannabe writer, I confess I enjoyed having an audience, and it was more than a little addicting.

At the same time, as a high school teacher, I associated blogs (diaryland, livejournal, xanga, and the like) with pastel polka dot patterns and posts about “oh-my-gosh-can-you-believe-what-she-wore-to-the-prom.”  I never told any of my “real life friends” that I had a blog.  My justification was that I was writing to a very select audience I knew personally, and that I wasn’t painstakingly detailing the minutiae of my life, so it wasn’t really a blog anyway!

It is with some embarrassment that I recognize this paradoxical snobbery as part of the reason I have hesitated to post here on FIT.  Not because I think FIT is like a teeny-bopper blog, but precisely because it isn’t.  Here on FIT I can’t just write whatever I want and have a guaranteed “fan base” that’s going to laugh at my witticism of the day! I’ve been a semi-faithful reader (I prefer this term to “lurker,” don’t you?!) and have wanted to post here for over a year now.  I don’t know if I was waiting for the blog-muse to inspire me with something amazingly earth-shattering to impress upon the readers of FIT, but since that day’s not coming any time soon, I decided I should just finally jump in and blog.  So…(jump!)

Consider yourselves forewarned: I’m fairly certain I’ll get hooked on blogging; I’ve already got my next three posts in mind!

Signing off (for now)…

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4 Responses to “To Blog or Not to Blog?”

  1. Usree Bhattacharya on: 4 December 2008 at 12:22 am

    [I can vouch for the talking part…she did! She did!] I am very glad you made the leap-er, jump. Welcome to FIT…great start! Looking forward to your next one…and the one after that…and…

  2. hemilykim on: 4 December 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Oh dear, Usree, I didn’t realize that you’d already written a blog post with the very same title. Strange. It wasn’t intentional!

  3. Usree Bhattacharya on: 4 December 2008 at 4:05 pm

    You know what, I didn’t even notice! 🙂 It’s fine!

  4. daveski on: 5 December 2008 at 11:11 am

    Glad to see this post! And, you know, we could probably put a few pastel polka dots onto the front page for good measure. 🙂

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