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Why do you blog? [Apr. 11th, 2010|03:48 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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There was this episode of Dougie Houser, M.D. where he begged his dad for a laptop and his dad finally got him one on the condition that he use it to keep a journal. (This was before blogging obviously and I dare say before the internet was used by the masses as a mode of communication.)

I used to keep a pen an paper journal, but that was sporadic. I had to hide it if I wanted to keep it personal. I was always cryptic when I wrote and struggled to read my handwriting.

When I got my own computer, I thought about using it in a manner like described above, i.e. keep the journal on the machine. But then if something happens to the machine or the file, it's gone. If the machine is stolen, it's gone. There are ways to secure a machine, sure, and you can even password protect documents, but security can be circumvented and passwords can be cracked. In short, for those reasons, but more because of laziness, I never kept an electronic journal.

I hate social networking sites. I really, really do. I started a MySpace before the site was hugely popular and shut it down shortly thereafter. I got a Live Journal before I started blogging on Xanga. At the time, I used LJ to follow a few people I knew at college, but they didn't update regularly and I didn't get the point of blogging until over a year later.

I was on Face Book when it was colleges only and Facebook opened up to UAH. Soon after it went public, I stopped using mine and then shut it down. I think it was December 2008 when I opened my Facebook account again.

When I finally figured out what blogging was and how it worked, somehow it just made sense to me to journal things for others to read. If you look at my early posts, I was cryptic then too (probably still am to some degree) but I found that there is very little I don't mind the masses knowing. There's one thing I've thought about starting a second blog for on a different network, but that is to be totally anonymous when and if it ever happens.

I've never made a blog that's totally private. Someone has always been able to read it besides myself. There are only two entries I have made private after posting. I never delete a post unless it's a test post.

Now that I've told you, why do YOU blog?
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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2010-04-11 06:28 pm (UTC)
I hate paper journals because I can't write fast enough to keep up with my thoughts. I have to focus on my handwriting and it's frustrating.

That said, I started my lj (which I don't really think of as a "blog") because a friend of mine in a wedding community had one. I had no idea what it was, I wanted a place to record wedding thoughts and ideas. I wrote very little and probably would have ignored it altogether but about 4 months later, as I was graduating college, I found out a bunch of my close college friends were all on lj. So I started using it as a journal to keep them in the loop on my life as I moved 6 hours away.

A yearish later, I was selling on Etsy and people were promoting blogs as a good way to promote your shop. So I started one, on blogger this time...it seemed more bloggy and I didn't want to mix my personal lj posts with my business ones. Nor did I think my friends wanted to be spamed.

Three years later, I shut down my etsy shops, but wanted to keep my blogger blog. It seemed like the perfect spot for my 365 project, so I went with that. I'm still figuring out exactly what that blog is.

As far as purpose, my lj is my journal. It's a journal that I share with friends to keep them up to date on my life, share observations, get opinions, or just vent. It's the conversations I would have if I lived closer. I've made some very close friends that I've only met once or twice or never.

My blogger site is a place to write and share photos and share a side of myself I don't get to at work. It's a multidimensional space where I can talk about things I am passionate about, offer advice, be a little silly. It doesn't go much below surface level and things stay light and fluffy. There I have regular readers and followers but the friends I have that follow me there, I have not made through blogger.

Blogger is open to the world, lj is not.

ETA: Also, as a general rule, I don't tell people about my lj. MY blogger on the other hand, is in my email signature.

Edited at 2010-04-11 10:30 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2010-04-11 07:14 pm (UTC)
As a detailed legacy of my life - both the good and the bad, for my children.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-05-07 09:58 am (UTC)
One time you told the story of how you came by a Live Journal. The phrase I remember is, "drax0r was always typing on his computer. I asked him what he was doing. He said, 'updating my blog'."

I was searching my email for it, but I couldn't find it. Got a link?
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[User Picture]From: darkest_writer
2010-04-11 11:20 pm (UTC)
I blog because it fascinates me that people actually pay attention to my life. And because I love having a record of what I've done,and I had given up on keeping a paper journal because I always had to hide it, or my mom would read it.
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From: snapper521
2010-04-12 11:19 pm (UTC)
Want me to answer here or to write in my own blog on it? (my nails are wet so my punctuation may be worse than normal)

Answering here: Initially i blogged to get the "shit" out of my head so I could let it go. This has not changed. I still blog on that forte but generally speaking I keep those private when I post them. They are not for anyone else but me, for me to get closure on something. An example of this would be the break-up with Don; but honestly I haven't wanted to blog it because I am having a hard enough time coping as it is and to think about it enough to blog it would just compound the problem, or so I had thought. Anyway, that is why I haven't blogged many public posts on Don. Those that I have done on him, have been protected so only a handful of my trusted peeps could see them. (shrug)

I need to blog more. Shit is piling up in my head again and I'm not sure how to cope anymore but it is not as difficult to cope as it used to be. I feel that this change is due to 2 things:
1) My parents and I are talking a lot better and
2) My faith is more real than it ever has been in my life.
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From: snapper521
2010-04-12 11:22 pm (UTC)
Oh - and i have always kept a paper journal; the style of notebook changes but the contents remain similar. As I have become more confident in myself and have stopped doubting my personal value those notebooks have become more feminine and "me". Right now, I keep a journal of my life and a journal of the characteristics I would like to find in my future man; but that character journal was started with Don and has stalled for obvious reasons. Every now and again I'll add something else but this time I date it so I know it wasn't during Don time.
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2010-04-14 05:32 pm (UTC)
This I guy I know set up my account for me in 2006, he said there was a need for more interesting people online. I still haven't even changed the original password.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-04-14 05:33 pm (UTC)
d0nk3yd!ck$?
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[User Picture]From: celtmanx
2010-04-14 05:50 pm (UTC)
You can't handle the truth!!!
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[User Picture]From: dreamkatch
2010-04-16 09:14 am (UTC)
I really only do it to vent. Writing gets my feelings out, and then I don't have to think about them anymore! I also love being able to look back over the years and feel what I felt when I was going through something I may have already forgotten about.

My blog is pretty private. Only a select few can read any of the entries, and an even smaller group has access to the more private stuff. I do like getting the feedback, though. Sometimes an objective opinion on a situation can be very helpful. Sometimes it's just nice to hear a few words of encouragement, and sometimes I need to be put in my place!

I've had my livejournal since back in the days when you needed an invite to join the site. Over the years I joined various other sites (Facebook, twitter, etc), but they just sort of stagnate and I always come back to my LJ. I never did end up using facebook as a blog. They have that notes feature, but that's not the same. I love my LJ. One of these days I'll get around to utilizing one of those blog-printing services and have a hard copy created.
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From: blazindrive
2010-04-20 12:46 am (UTC)
because you told me to.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-04-20 12:57 am (UTC)
Do you enjoy it now that I'm not riding you to blog? Has it helped you vent in the past?
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From: blazindrive
2010-04-20 01:10 am (UTC)
I really don't like LJ & honestly, I'm only still here because of you.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-04-20 01:12 am (UTC)
I'm flattered.

I think that the best and worst part of LJ is ehowton.

Thanks for sticking around.

Hey, at least your blog here is more private than it was on Xanga.
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From: blazindrive
2010-04-20 01:13 am (UTC)
Don't be.

That's your lover, really.

You're welcome.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-04-20 01:14 am (UTC)
Fuck him. You should see what happened on Twitter today. I'll have to tell you about it sometime.
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From: blazindrive
2010-04-20 01:21 am (UTC)
Do that. tomorrow maybe.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-04-20 01:23 am (UTC)
Heh. I came close to pining you tonight, but I knew better.
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From: blazindrive
2010-04-20 01:38 am (UTC)
good choice.
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