Monday, May 26, 2008

Blogging New York style

The New York Times Magazine featured a story yesterday on blogging. Now, in general, most blogs--especially mine--struggle to be interesting, but writing about blogging--that that can be a snore-fest. A self-indulgent treatment of self-indulgence?

Still, the article raised some interesting questions about the motivation for blogging. The author cast the "will to blog" very dramatically in writing:

"The will to blog is a complicated thing, somewhere between inspiration and compulsion. It can feel almost like a biological impulse. You see something, or an idea occurs to you, and you have to share it with the Internet as soon as possible. What I didn’t realize was that those ideas and that urgency — and the sense of self-importance that made me think anyone would be interested in hearing what went on in my head — could just disappear."

Her blogging reads like a cross between reality TV and Entertainment Tonight with a little bit of Sex and the City thrown in. Somehow in a big city like New York, small, personal details become important and interesting in a way I don't experience out here in the rural-burgs of NE CT.

At this point it would be logical for me to figure out my motivations for blogging and how I would characterize the blog, but... blogging about blogging is usually boring, and I would certainly not be an exception.

Thanks David for the link.

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