Tuesday, December 20, 2005

This One Goes to Eleven

It has occurred to me, first as a dating person and then as a married person, that we all have different “settings.” This is obvious in many ways—“taking it slow” in a relationship means different things to different people, as does "good Italian food”—and completely surprising in others (e.g., one’s way of winding down before going to sleep, the desire for conversation or silence while cooking, etc.).

I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging and why it’s so appealing to write about my life and read other peoples’ writing about their lives. I’m sure part of it is linked to an inner exhibitionist/voyeur, but that’s not a strong enough force to explain it all.

With blogging, there is a rawness to the written word. Our posts aren’t generally tempered by an outside editor. Therefore, people whose settings may be a little more extreme than the norm can publish without going through the filter of someone else’s normal, professional settings. When you think about it, it’s really quite revolutionary. Even great historical diaries have gone through an editing process prior to publication, and have been filtered by others. This instant-self-publication medium makes blogging totally unique.

I don’t recall the source, but I’ve heard some variation of “May you live in exciting times” as an old curse. Perhaps exciting times aren’t all a curse.

Right now, I’m tempted to run this post by C.S., because I can’t think of a neat conclusion. I won’t, though, especially since I’ve just written about raw, unfiltered blogging. I’m doing this at the start of a busy day and don’t really have the time it would take to make it perfect. I like the idea of my writing’s rough edges being put out there, also, for your (hopeful) enjoyment.


Blogger Tink said...

I thought the conclusion was fitting. Amen to raw blogging! And of course to spell check. <--The one thing that makes having an editor obsolete.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous TB said...

I agree these are exciting times. Who would have thought that we would have the ability to connect with people we've never met and may never meet through the internet?
Blogging gives us the ability to cut through the preliminaries and get right to the meat of things. Don't like what someone says on their blog? Don't read it. Find someone who's a lot like you? Lurk around for awhile until you feel like introducing yourself and maybe you'll make a new friend. Raw blogging is what I like best about this medium. It gives me the ablility to explore my feelings and reactions in a way I can't always do in everyday life.
Thanks for putting this out there. And I can't find any rough edges.

4:41 PM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

I think about it this way: The Basking Shark swims with its mouth wide open. All things, large and small, are taken into it's giant maw. Some things get filtered out, but I have to think that a lot of it--even the tiny things--serve a small purpose.

Same goes for blogging. Some days you have a whole story to tell or an elaborate point to make. Some days you just see a man walking with a chicken on a leash, and you know you have to write a few sentences about that. Sometimes it's a picture.

It's all part of our intake. And it's all important and relevant.

1:01 AM  
Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

I used to have to pester my husband with my every waking thought. Now I have you guys. He's grateful.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Arabella said...

Thanks, Tink and TB!

Well said, Wordgirl!

Debbie, my husband feels the same way, I'm sure. :)

8:54 AM  

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