Blogging in Secret!

My Experience with Blogging

I actually have a personal blog, which I write for myself more than anyone else. Considering it’s password protected, and my husband is the only one with the password, I guess it truly is for myself. The first blog I ever had was in college before “blog” became a buzzword (does that make me sound old? I’m only 27!) and it was just called a “LJ” (short for Livejournal). My family and friends had my LJ URL and I updated while I was studying abroad in England. Fast forward to July 2010 – I started my blogger.com blog, which is what I still write in today. I write an average of one post a day – mostly about what’s going on in my life, nothing very exciting at all. The main reason I haven’t shared my blog with anyone is because it’s my space to be completely honest with how I feel, while not worrying about anyone else’s feelings. Apart from writing in my own blog, I follow several personal blogs, and blogs on natural food eating and DIY/home improvement blogs (how many times did I say “blog” in one sentence? ha!).

Reading Reflections

In Nardi’s article “Why we blog,” they state that in blogging, the reader gets a strong sense of the author, which could be why we’re drawn to them as humans. If you respect someone and view them as creditable, it’s no surprise that you’re likely to tune into their opinions on topics you’re interested in. Something else that struck me in that article was this: “Most bloggers are acutely aware of their readers…calibrating what they should and should not reveal.” I think this is precisely one of the big challenges of blogging. Authors have to censor themselves to some extent so not to alienate or offend their readers, who make the blog successful in the first place.

In Du and Wagner’s article about learning logs, it stated that web logs could be used instead of written papers to prove understanding and comprehension on the students part, which I think is a fantastic idea because it creates discussion between students and the professor instead of one-way communication that papers provide between the professor and the individual student. Plus, I think there are some very interesting and insightful disucssions that could pop up in a blogging environment that normally wouldn’t be brought to light in traditional circumstances.

Posted on September 15, 2011, in Metablogging, Social Media and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I really can relate to your observations both on a personal level and in conjunction with the readings. What has struck out at me the most relates to your reference to “Most bloggers are acutely aware of their readers…calibrating what they should and should not reveal.” I find this statement to be interesting on more than a surface level.

    So far in my courses this semseter I have found one interesting term reverberating throughout: Rhetoric. From your statement above, it seems that bloggers are also “guilty” of being acutely aware of rhetorical communications – either by finessing their posts to what they feel the reader wants to hear, or by being bold enough to pursuade the reader to see their point of view.

    Now the questions for me is: Which direction do I want to take as a blogger?

  2. Great post! Your nod to the readings coupled with your own experience blogging for both a public and now private audience is right on target! I’ve heard so much about the community that can develop in livejournal spaces, more than any other free-hosting site, but never had an account there. This bibliography might be of interest: http://www.tiara.org/lj_bib.html

  3. You’re exactly right with the Livejournal communities. I have a friend who still uses LJ (who has since she was 14 and is now 26) and has built a very large community of friends online – most that she hasn’t met in person and relies on them as if they are her real-life friends. For example, if she has a problem, she’ll right a journal entry on her blog and ask her web friends their opinion. I’ll definitely check out that bibliography because with sites like Blogger and Word Press, there seems to be less of that.

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