Saturday, April 05, 2008

Blogging about Blogging

Let's get philosophical: why do we blog?

Rather, why do I blog? Because I have things to say, and I'm not too shy that I can't put it up here for anyone to see. (and if I am too shy, I don't put it up here.) I've had things to say for a long time. I have been writing stuff and putting it on the internet since high school, although much of that is lost. I like getting feedback on the ideas that I put into electronic text.

I must admit that I have lots of fun reading what other people say about what we write. I love getting comments. Blogging, for me, wouldn't be as fun if I knew that only family members ever read it. This is not to say that my sole reason for posting is to illicit comments, but it makes it more fun. Blogs allow us to interact with other similarly minded people that we would otherwise not be able to. Or not similarly minded people too, like our resident nemesis Sara, whom we appreciate comments from, although we may vehemently disagree on a great many thing. Such comments keep us on our toes and force us to clarify, and plug any gaping holes in our arguments and tirades.

Blogging also provides a way to get personal without getting too personal. It's a strange medium, really. What we say on here is not the most personal that we get, but parts of it are more personal than we usually get in more usual and casual settings, like random "hi-how-are-you-i'm-fine" church fellowship. Now, invite us over for dinner (please?), and you might get the more personal tidbits, or you might not, depending on where conversations go.

That's why I blog; why do you blog?

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3 have poured out their souls in electronic text:

  • Ginny

    Why do I blog? I have NO idea! LOL! I might have to think about that one... I used to send out e-mail letters once a week to all my family, but then it seemed like it would be easier to do it with a blog. The funny thing is that most of my family do NOT look at my blog at all. I guess I am not as interesting as I thought. ;-) I do love comments and I have "met" many nifty people. Now, whether everyone is honest about who they are is another story. I have no reason to believe that most of the people whose blogs I frequent are not genuine, though.

    You're right. It is a strange thing, this bloggy world....


  • Birdie

    I blog for two reasons: 1 It's a fun and interesting way to meet and interact with people and 2 a computer is much larger and harder for the children to run off with than a diary. ;)

  • Ewokgirl

    I blog because I like to talk and write. Plus, it's the easiest way to let friends and family know what we've been up to. It also gives me an outlet for writing about my strange life. Let's just say, I never expected married life to include traipsing behind a bunch of Star Wars stormtroopers.