Saturday, November 06, 2004

Writing and Blogging: Why?

Sometimes it feels like inspiration will never hit. Sometimes I wonder if blogging actually helps or hurts my writing. Sometimes I wish that I had the ability to craft a sentence that has the power to stand up to those of my colleagues. The blogosphere is an interesting place. I can’t say that I read a lot of blogs, but the ones that I do read are well written. One woman is an author, and her novel will be debut early next year. Another is the blog of my father, who got his degree in mass communication. I enjoy reading the technical blogs of programmers. I convinced an older gentleman, who used to be a sports-writer for the local paper to start blogging. Most recently, one of my best friends from back in high school has taken to blog writing. All of the aforementioned bloggers have a unique voice and whit about them. None of them are the same, but all of them know how to craft a line that reads well. Maybe if I keep this writing thing up long enough, I might figure out the strange art of writing.

Why is it that people are so compelled to sit in front of their computers and write blogs? My answer is that it is a method of self expression to the world. Never before in history has man been able to impart of his philosophies to the world so simply. The fact that in a few minutes, anyone with access to the internet could read my writings is truly a wonder. Perhaps the reason blogging is so popular is that it brings publishing power to the common man. Heaven knows I am not a writer, but here in my corner of the World Wide Web, I can be. Presumably it is the idea that I can pretend to know something that makes blogging so appealing. I don’t know who really reads this stuff, but in some little corner of my soul, I dream that lots of people read it, and that what I say is important – that probably has something to do with the idea that my siblings and I call “the family desire to fame.” Who wouldn’t want to feel important, and noticed? That is a deep thought, and one that I will attack at some later date. Regardless, blogging I think that blogging is good for the soul. It brings people together, allows one to vent, and allows one to be a star in their own universe.

I am going to credit this break from my usual banter about school to my friend Sam; you might want to drop by his little corner of the web by following this link. He has a wit about him, and not much gets past his careful eyes.

A thought from another hero, Fred Rodgers:“I must be an emotional archaeologist because I keep looking for the roots of things, particularly the roots of behavior and why I feel certain ways about certain things.”

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