The Dykewrite assignment for the week was to write about the trend in blogging from a personal perspective. Would we bloggers still write if the trend died? Would we still be online diarists even if we had no audience? Would only those blogs with literary merit survive?
Here’s what I think. If the trend died, I think only those inclined to write or keep a journal would continue. I’m mostly here because I’m a lemming. I followed Tracy and a bunch of funny girls down the hole. It’s not like I didn’t have the idea or inclination previously, I just didn’t have the time and the waters weren’t tested by anyone I ‘knew.’ I never wrote consistently before I started blogging and I still feel like I don’t. The last six months is probably a record for me. I enjoy it a lot, but it’s still more about having the time than being in the mood to do it. There’s always stuff to get off my chest.
Honestly, the feedback is a huge motivator. I feel like I’ve made friends with real people in the process, and in this ocean of online posers that’s huge. Still, chances are I’d give up blogging if most everyone else did. To me, blogging is as much about reading as it is writing. If no one else that I liked to read continued to write I probably wouldn’t write either. At least, not online. I do think that if there were no feedback systems and there were no chance of our anonymity being breached that a lot of writers would worry less about offending people. Many bloggers worry about safeguarding identity and how much we reveal online. And no one likes a troll in their comments.
I’ve always been a writer, though. Not the kind of writer you think of when you hear the word writer. I’ve never been inclined to write fiction or poetry. The bulk of my writing has been sporadic journaling, letter writing and business writing. It’s all analytical to me anyway. If I’m not writing about some business process, I’m writing about some event or situation in my life that I either want a record of or feel need to analyze further by mucking about in the details. It’s sometimes easier for me to express feelings or high emotion in writing but I don’t do it too often. I do love the physical act of writing, the mechanics of it. I loved having a special pen and fine paper or a journal book. Now, I love writing with the computer. I type well enough that I can get what’s in my head out fairly quickly. I prefer the keyboard to the pen because I can self-edit as I write.
One reason I’ve liked blogging is because I feel it’s improved my writing skills. Sometimes when I go back later and read something I’ve written, I’ll think “that’s not half bad.” For the most part I just think I’m average, skill-wise. There are many who are better writers and many who are worse. So, I don’t believe that only those with literary merit would survive because it’s not just about skill. Really, it’s about ambition isn’t it?