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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-07-11 04:50
Subject: [personal] Luffing the sails a little bit
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Tags:blog, cancer, child, health, personal, publishing, writing
I've been talking a lot about politics on the blog lately, and I find I have a lot more to say. However, it's not actually my intention for this to be an exclusively, or even largely, political blog, so I'm luffing the sails a little bit on those topics, until at least next week. Don't worry, my ranty self will be back. I'm keeping track of the topics I want to cover. Never fear.

Which leads to a larger musing about the editorial voice of my blog. (Or really, anyone's blog.) Basically, this is a blog of Stuff Jay Likes to Talk About. I don't sell ads, I don't have sponsors, no one pays me for this. So you see here a largely untrammeled partial view into my interests, including but not limited to:
  • Parenting and [info]the_child

  • Writing

  • Cancer

  • Photography

  • Politics

  • Science

  • Travel

  • Weird stuff

  • Food (including, specifically, cheese)

  • Movies

Not to mention a ton of other things.

Mostly I blog to entertain myself. I figure if I'm not entertaining myself, I sure as heck aren't entertaining you. This is what I tell writers who ask me if they should blog: "Only if you want to, and only if it's fun." Otherwise, why the heck are you doing it? Nobody wants to read someone else painfully putting themselves through their paces. That's just as true of blogging as it is of fiction.

Obviously, not all of my blogging is fun. My cancer journey surely has not been. But if not fun or entertaining, it's still something important for me to talk about.

I generally don't talk about my emotional frustrations, or the times when [info]the_child is being a total pill, or the irritating aspects of my publishing career. If I do mention those things, it's usually to make a specific point, and I very much keep business confidentiality and personal privacy in mind. That's part of being a professional. Likewise, I self-censor on topics of race and social justice because the cost of speaking up has grown too high. Which I hate, but I only have so much time and energy.

I blog because I like to talk about stuff. Enough of you read this blog to make the discussion interesting for me, but I'd probably still be blogging even if I were only talking to myself. This helps me organize my thoughts and make sense of my world.

Why do you blog? Or conversely, why don't you blog? Do you have an editorial voice?

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Rafe
User: etcet
Date: 2012-07-11 12:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I blog because my ego is such that I think other people's lives will be improved by reading what I have to say, or I may be obtaining some benefit (processing, theraputic, archival, braggadocio, political, what have you) from recording thoughts, observations, and the like for digital posterity.

I don't know if I have a voice so much as a lot of filler between expressions of the word "fuck." *grin*
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A wandering fellow on the long road
User: tsarina
Date: 2012-07-11 14:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I blog, because it was the only way to keep a record. I had a terrible habit of burning my diaries every few years. Pushing a delete key is not nearly the same - there's not that vicious cathartic sense of relief to it. So I never bother and now I have a records of twelve years of my life I wouldn't have had before.

There are certainly many pretentious cringe worth entries in there. But so it goes. It's always been personal. Though I have to admit it was also my only way to talk to people for a long time. I drew a lot of support and love from these digits and that kept me going.
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a_cubed
User: a_cubed
Date: 2012-07-11 14:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I started blogging because I was going through depression that had been partly triggered by moving away from my previous circle of friends and ending up in another part of the UK 8yeah, yeah, in the US a hundred years is a lng time, in the UK a hundred miles is a long distance) and was feeling rather cut off in the new place. I have been trying to write more lately because I then moved to Japan in 2010 and I think I'm even more cut of from my old friends in Scotland without doing so. I think my blog is not so much an authorial voice as it is pretty close to how I speak and write otherwise: I write a great deal as an academic, just not (much) fiction :-).
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dionysus1999
User: dionysus1999
Date: 2012-07-11 14:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Been blogging for many years. It's morphed from a way to keep friends appraised of my life to a more personal and less complete record of thoughts and opinions. These days it's mostly pics of cute animals and political rants.

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mevennen
User: mevennen
Date: 2012-07-11 15:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I blog because of the books, but I do edit a lot. I generally try to post stuff that's amusing or thought provoking. All the posts about the weirder stuff and the shop are true, but I tend not to post about my emotional state, or my relationship.
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The NewroticGirl
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2012-07-11 16:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm trying to come back after a year or so of blogging hiatus.

I blog because it helps me (mentally) to write things out -- it gets them out from bouncing around in circles in my head, it lets me "say" things without actually having them come out of my mouth. I blog for the interaction, the connection, the shared stories and experiences.

But I cut myself off from all that because of a whole lot of mental junk surrounding my legal issues. Since that whole awful business started, I've been censoring myself more and more. Partly out of fear of a repeat experience, or making the situation worse. So I share less and less that's personal, and then feel more and more isolated from my online community, and then share less, and then feel worse, and on and on and on.

So I'm trying to come back because I miss my online community, but I edit what I say so heavily that I feel like it's nonsense, or meaningless. Or I just post dog pictures because hey, everybody likes dog pictures, right? :/
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Sue Burke
User: mount_oregano
Date: 2012-07-11 16:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I blog about things I think other people might find interesting.

However, since high school, I've keep an off-line dead-tree diary in which I write anything I want, name names, gloat, whine, and write without self-censor. And I like that and find it helpful and useful.

But I figure anything I put on the Internet is public. I choose the face I want to present to the world. I want to be interesting.
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Lisa Costello
User: radiantlisa
Date: 2012-07-11 18:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I stopped blogging because I was depressed, but have been thinking about starting up again. I never was sure I had anything worthwhile to say, and that's kind of slowing me down ...
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Tom
User: voidampersand
Date: 2012-07-11 20:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I blog because fandom is a participatory culture. It goes way back to the days of APAs and mimeo'd zines. I cherish my long-distance friends (and the ones nearby that I don't see enough) and try to share alike. Not that I blog very much. I'm not a writer. And I don't blog at all about my work, for several reasons that I will not go into here, even though it is where I spend most of my time and energy. But that still leaves travel and cooking and books and so on.
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mmegaera
User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-07-11 22:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have kept a personal paper journal for most of the last 35+ years (there were a couple of periods of several years when I didn't), so the catharsis thing lives there.

I tend to write a blog post for one of three reasons:

1) I need the AKICOLJ effect to a question I can't find the answer to elsewhere. So far it hasn't failed me.

2) I have a list of things I enjoy sharing with others: travel, cats, needlework, and gardening, mostly.

3) I really need to kvetch about something. Any sympathy gained is basically icing on the cake.
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