Writing a Web Log

Entries on readings may also be found within, the kind I used to to do in university, keeping one journal of readings for each English literature class I would take, sometimes taking as many as five in a semester; but it would be what is usually expected in a journal of the conventional type. This blog, as other blogs of mine, is organized around what happened that day or what has been thought that day, or some critical observation of events from our contemporaneity . . . This daily-ness is what seems most generically distinctive of a blog, but it is not the only way to draw the categorical boundaries of my blog. Day in day in again, though, seems to be what a blog does, thus is? Words in strings, in phrases, in clauses, in sentences, in paragraphs, all about this accumulated daily  . . .
Blogs, though, are essentially public or partly public, that is, in a proscribed way. My journal is written without the idea that anyone is going to read it, although there might be an occasion when I imagine someone or ones might read my journals after I am dead. No one who keeps a journal–and keeping a journal is a behavior beyond the borders of the single notebook kept–no one who keeps a journal has adjusted fully to the idea that what he or she writes in on its pages within its covers is going to be read by a wide public.

Although a person does not write a journal for a wide public, there is no one who keeps a journal who imagines that his journal will remain a secret indefinitely, that no one will read what he has written after he is dead. You keep a journal over many notebooks over many years–however, the immediacy of the publishing or the publishing of the immediacy of a blog is what makes it unique among the genres of writing. I could publish poetry immediately, which makes a poetry blog or a blog that publishes poems a sort of poetry reading without the author’s audible voice. I could upload video of me reading my poems–and I do publish video content in the blog space, another way in which a blog differs from a journal. I could write a blog journal and keep it private until I die and then leave instructions for the blog to be published.

We do, though, have to agree that a Blog is a plastic genre, extremely pliant.

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