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Downfall of Blogging

I have been writing since I was about 11. I have been blogging for about 5 years of that, starting on LiveJournal and later moving onto Myspace before I finally made it to my own site. (Hint: You are here). Being on the debate and mock trial teams have fine-tuned my ability to devise an argument in less than 5 minutes, and the skill of making words work to fit MY agenda. I’ve written countless college papers from the criminal justice system to affirmative action to gay rights and the impact of the financial crisis in SE Asia on our economy. I can skim through articles to get the pieces I want and throw together a B+ paper in under two hours.

When I had to take a break from school, I thought that blogging was a good way to keep my writing going. I will say, right from the start, that I have no regrets about blogging. In fact, blogging helped me find my unique voice and helped me organize my thoughts but just like with everything else that comes too easy, blogging has had some negative impacts that I am noticing.

Blogging requires no thought…or rather, it is a purge of my thoughts. It’s my opinions, my feelings, my rants and raves. It’s my own twisted sense of humor put on a platter for my audience who is not required to even finish my blog all the way.

Blogging exclusively without writing articles has made me lose my journalistic edge. It’s a disturbing realization when a potential employer asks for a writing sample and I have to dig to find my college papers that have been sitting untouched. Reading through my college papers, I see potential but I don’t see the voice of who I am now.

With that startling realization, I’ve decided to work toward bringing the voice that I found through blogging to my article and the issues I want to advocate. I am a very opinionated person…I always have been and there is a lot that I have to say. I am a writer, I am an activist, I am a debater…and then I am a blogger.

So now my goal is to enter journalistic competitions until I am back in school in January. When I want to apply for freelance jobs or when I am asked for a writing sample from a potential employer, I will have a portfolio fit to represent the writer I truly am and the potential of the writer I will become with more experience.

How has the blogging experience changed who you are as a writer? Do you consider yourself a writer or a blogger?

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  • WickedCourtni October 27, 2008, 4:08 pm

    Blogging became my therapy. From Blogging it turned to writing… meaning I have always “written”… but Blogging turned on my creative faucet and it also gave me the confidence to step out of the box and try new things… to push the envelope on my opinions. To really not care if mine differed from yours or whoevers.

    I wouldnt go back. I love both blogging and writing.

  • Leccie October 27, 2008, 4:28 pm

    I am a writer, first and foremost, and an artist. I “blog” on Myspace in various ways. I post up creative writing, a poem, a new piece of art or if I’m feeling bored I will post something to make people laugh or engage with me for 5 minutes out of their day. I find blogging is too tempting when anger takes hold of me… it is too easy to purge it all in public in order to seek some validation for your feelings.

    Blogging has made me lazy with my writing. My punctuation etc has gone down the pan… and the three little dots, elipsis, are way too tempting to use ALL the time lol.

    I agree with you that blogging has its ups and downs, but such is life. I want to be published eventually, so I am currently rereading my copy of eats, shoots and leaves. Or is that eats shoots and leaves? ha ha

    Great blog babe

    xxx

  • Stone Bryson October 27, 2008, 11:10 pm

    I am a poet. Period. Everything else – the novel, the radio show, the photography, AND the blogging… all secondary. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy those other things – especially the writing endeavors – but the poetry it what truly matters to me.

    That noted, the blogging itself has not really effected my writing style. Now, I am using my website’s blog not only as a way to chronicle the stories I want to remember, but also as a way to collect ideas for the radio show – saves me a little work on Tuesdays! πŸ™‚

    Enjoyed this one, my friend…

  • simply scott October 28, 2008, 5:56 am

    I started blogging after my divorce about five years ago. Other than professional writing, it was the only writing I had ever really done as an adult. Well, it’s gone well and expanded to some poetry, a knack for short stories and now an ongoing novel. I am also in the same conundrum as you though; I have very few pieces that have a serious journalistic feel. Everything, other than my fiction, is “bloggy”.

  • simply scott October 28, 2008, 1:01 pm

    well, admittely i have never been a journalist, but i am a professional writer and teacher, so i write a lot of technical things, including curriculum. that said, i would like to freelance, write for various publications, finish this and many more novels, publish my short stories, a book of poetry (a la shel silverstein) and maybe one day start writing music. i figure i have another 40 years to go to become a remembered American author. πŸ™‚ what’s significant about the way i write is that it’s more editorial and face-to-face with the reader, my stylish and more engaging than just reporting some facts. thus i have a hard time finding a spot on these endless pro writing websites that don’t want that ‘bloggy’ feel. my writing appeals to people because i connect with them on an emotional level, and i don’t know how i could ever get away from that.

  • yvonne October 28, 2008, 2:49 pm

    I am not a writer. I not even a blogger, though some considered me that. I stopped blogging regularly last year. I now blog about once every 3 or four months.

    I find blogging very therapeutic. My latest blogs have been about the death of my dogs, and my dad’s alzheimer. I have also blogged about hating my mom (which a lot of people surprisingly related to that) and also about my multiple sclerosis.

    Yes, it’s like group therapy for me.

    Nice website, BTW!

  • Ron October 29, 2008, 12:49 am

    Depends. I think given more time, I’d consider myself a writer. I love the story blogs. I think of blogging as stream of consciousness and I don’t know that I’m that spontaneous.

    I used to want to write. In fact my favorite course at a tech college was “reading and writing short stories”. I felt like it was a great instrument to affect people.

    Buy Yvonne’s right. Blogging with the reader interaction is really good for the soul too.

    xo

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