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Blogging on blogging

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The unfortunate but true fact is that the so called “blogosphere” is an oversaturated space. Aside from a handful of obscure topics, bloggers have touched on nearly every reasonable subject. The chances of creating a popular web log that can compete with any of the prime examples in its particular category are rare, especially if the author lacks exceptional writing skills and a bustling repertoire of fascinating life experiences to record. So, why is it then that we go about creating blogs? Why would someone like me, who knows the unlikeliness of producing a successful blog, still bother to translate his words into a series of pixels?

It’s not that I’m simply disillusioned and believe that my blog will make it to the top. I would like a healthy dose of popularity, but that is not what drives me to blog. What motivates me is getting my opinions, feelings, and beliefs out: translating the abstract, swirling nebulous forms of thought into the far more concrete structures of written language. For I find that I can better examine and process concepts when they are written.

There is, of course, another side of it altogether. Many people blog as a way to rid themselves of emotions that are bottled up within them. They may find it easier to go about said process through the written word rather than the spoken. This particular motivation does not concern me significantly though – I’m content keeping those feelings bottled up unhealthily inside…

To put it far more concisely, think of blogs as diaries or journals (which they obviously very much resemble.) One keeps their diary to themselves for the most part; a diary is not intended as public spectacles, and with that one is content.

Ha. Don’t let this deter you from continuing to read the work of my co-author and I, of course. I may be tempted to cry in a corner should you abandon this blog as a typical subject to read.

Your writer,

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Written by Nicholas

February 21, 2008 at 11:04 am