The Power of Blogging
Working on my essay for my writing class. I can't think of what to write. Any ideas? Please comment with some (appropriate!) suggestions.
Sunday, October 03, 2004
Still don't have any good ideas for that essay. Btw, all your suggestions sucked; you guys really let me down...j/k =)... Anyway, I think I might write about diaries. But it seems to boring. Whatever, I will try it out and see how it goes.
Monday, October 04, 2004
Essay on dairies is not going very well.
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
I give up on diaries. They are too boring. I need a new topic. What can I possible write about? I cannot find anything worth ...view middle of the document...
Eventually, everyone would stop updating, and blogs would become extinct. Instead, there is an ever-growing, devoted following of hardcore updating-daily bloggers.
Few people know how blogging really started, and even fewer know why it is as popular as it is. Could it be that blogging is not just a fad? Can it in fact be purposeful? Why do people blog? Why do people read other people's blogs?
Some people keep blogs to hone their writing skills. Even though blogs are meant to be spontaneous, with writing comes reflection. In order to write about your life, you have to think about it and about how to tell others about it. Nowadays, most people do not reflect on their lives very much. We are so busy and lost in what we are doing that we rarely sit down and think about what we are doing. Putting words down on the blog forces us to observe our lives from an outside perspective. It gives us a chance to explore what we feel and how we think. By blogging, we can briefly escape from the present and see ourselves situated in the grander scheme of things. Day-to-day events, however major they seem, are swept away by the flow of time.
On the other hand, recording the events in our life also allows us to revisit and relive the past. Each entry captures a moment in time, along with the associated emotions. Moreover, our past experience also guides us toward the future.
But nothing I have said thus far distinguishes a blog from a diary.
Self-Therapy and Venting
As human beings, we are social animals, and one of our primary needs is to have people listen. Blogging serves as a vent, but unlike a diary, it is one that others will read. We can pour our emotion onto the web; we can rant, because we cannot do it in real life. Often, when we want to say something in real life, we cannot find the right people to talk to or the right way to say it. For instance, if you are a teenager, you don't trust anyone--not parents, not teachers, and sometimes not even your friends.
The blog allows us to say things that are socially awkward or unacceptable, which we normally would avoid saying in face-to-face conversations. In the blog, we assume a different voice. It is the part of us that we normally suppress and hide away. Like our own Mr. Hyde, it may be ugly, but it is just as real as we are.
Thoughts with too much emotion are usually better suited for blogs than for conversation, since emotion can be more controlled in writing. These emotions usually tend to be negative (anger, worry, sorrow, etc.), because these are the ones we cannot easily express to others in person. Blogging allows us to confess these secrets and negative emotions, which we have to suppress in our daily life. It is a lot easier to confess on a blog than face-to-face with someone. Our guilt is absolved and our burdens are relieved once we let it out. The fun part is that we don't have to be as responsible for...