What do we have here?,

published at 1:05am on 05/09/06

Over two years ago, I’d written to danah about starting a blog, which prompted a discussion about the difference between journals and blogs. Though there is probably some sort of etiquette surrounding the quoting of one’s self, I certainly do not know what it is, so I will now proceed to quote with reckless abandon.

For me, the desire to do a blog comes from wanting to write more globally. To write about the world, rather than my world. To be able to dash off thoguhts and let the world comment on my ideas. Comments are also much more of a blogging thing. The journal may have comments, but it is more of a one-way communication, from journaler to reader. Blogs are much more community-centric. “I write for you, and you write back” kind of feeling.

I feel like journalers write for themselves, with the audience as a byproduct (even if the journaler is writing with the clear understanding that there is an audience), and the blogger writes for the audience, with the understanding that there is a real person writing an entry.

This site has never been about blogging, and even now, it remains to be seen what will come of my use of this space, but I’ve missed writing, and I am worried that the form has been dictating the function, after a fashion, and I really do not like that. This will take some getting used to, but it should be fun.

Let’s play, shall we?

By the way, all of the old site content is still online, and will be forever and ever.

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