Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Journal 3/12: Let me take half an hour now and throw this up. I finally decided this need to go up because of this post by Bigwig at Silflay Hraka on blogging. He's right. So here's my take:
...I sit up these nights thinking, and, you know, I have interesting thoughts and I have a weblog, but in the brain-to-keyboard transition, something happens. I've been typing for years and most of it is schoolwork. Since I don't draft on paper anymore, most of the time, I self-edit when I type. That's fine for papers but usually it means that I can't write more than a paragraph or two unless it's a cold, unfeeling piece, like an academic analysis of Joe Millionaire or AU Basketball. I've never been good with personal thoughts anyway.... And I suppose that's the first problem my blog has. I don't want anyone knowing my real personal thoughts. I mean, who knows who's going to read that stuff? There's so much personal stuff on other blogs and it amazes me that people can put that stuff out there for personal consumption. But I guess if you have an audience and know your main readers, you can throw that out there and be OK with it.
Which is the second problem I have with blogging. Who's my audience? The first thing you're taught in school when writing an essay is: Write for your audience. Yeah, big help. Most of my audience Googled here for this or that reality show. It's a Catch-22, I suppose. You can't write well unless you know your audience and you can't get an audience unless you write well. I'm so concerned with the little things -- blogrolls, link exchanges, color schemes -- that I've ignored original content, which as I said, I struggle with because of the nature of the medium and my own writing style.
Something's been bugging me for a week, and I'm going to try to Whittle my thoughts into something coherent. I hope...
JH 1:51 AM