On Blogging

imagesSo I’ve been at this blogging gig for five months now and am loving it. I carve out time to write each night and, with my husband in business school and either studying or at class, I have plenty of time.

Writing for me has always been therapeutic. But now, instead of journaling in my personal journal (which I used to do religiously every day), I find myself putting more of my thoughts here on my blog than in my journal which is both scary and thrilling at the same time.

Scary in that I realize information is a gift and don’t want to overshare anything about my family or friends. And thrilling in that people log on, Google me, and want to read my thoughts … however irrational they may be.

Wednesday night, Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post was on the Daily Show, plugging her new book, The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging.

Her first rule is to blog about something you’re passionate about. For me, I’m passionate about nutrition and fitness and psychotherapy. Hence, my blog was born. I have Rule #1 covered. (I’ll need to buy the book for the other “rules”).

Anyway, she spent much of the segment trying convince host Jon Stewart to blog on the HuffPost, but he wouldn’t budge in his anti-blogging stance.

She said she bets there are plenty of things Jon is passionate about (he joked, “eggplant”), and he countered that he talks about his passions on his show. He argues he has a half-hour TV show and jams all his best thoughts into it … so a blog would just be useless to him; who’d want to hear all the “crap I leave out of the show?”

Touché.

According to Huffington, the beauty of blogging is that is is just that: imperfect and unfiltered; a first-draft. It’s raw. Visceral. Immediate. Unedited. (Well…)

Think of all the things someone as snarky and brilliant and adorable as Jon Stewart could come up with if he had a blog of his own?! I’d read it every day, personally and I know most of my friends would, too.

(I have such a crush on Jon! Saw him a couple years ago at George Washington University and he was funny as ever … but short!! Way short!)

Anyway, I just thought I’d share this interesting segment with you, since this is a blog and all.

How about you? Would you read a blog by Jon Stewart, or do you think some people’s thoughts are best left segmented, as in a TV show?

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13 thoughts on “On Blogging

  1. I heart Jon, and would read any damn thing he wrote.

    That being said, I take issue with Huffington’s assertion that blogging should be imperfect and unfiltered. I feel that the best blogs (and the ones I keep coming back to) are the ones that are well-thought-out, well-written, and well-(self)-edited.

    In a realm where content is king, why wouldn’t you put out your very best? What else would keep people coming back for more?

  2. 🙂

    I don’t think she meant it literally — some bloggers have editors; I agree no one wants crappy content but I think her point was, he’s so well-spoken, why not translate the humor to a blog.

  3. I saw that episode yesterday! I thought it was really cool, since I’m new to the blogging world and all. I would definitely read Jon Stewart’s blog, I think his sense of humor would make up for any lack of interesting material…haha I used to have such a crush on him too!

  4. I think you are discovering the true journey of blogging, it will blow you away. Others out there who have not started, try it. Hide it and have it for yourself. Blog under a fake name (I did for over a year until I was outed at work).

    This sounds dramatic, but blogging is a self discovery journey of sorts. All types of ideas and thoughts arise, and you are forced to find your boundaries on privacy, and once its out there- its out there!

    The number #1 thing I have learned from blogging now for over 2 1/2 years, is I do it for the interaction. Writing without receiving feedback is meaningless to me. As a blogger, you can retract your comments, apologize if you offend, or defend your position like a pitbull. It is so damn fun.

    Melissa: I am glad you are able to carve out time! As a mom of two, I have to steal time to blog…but its worth it!

    Keep plugging along, you are a natural!
    -mamaV
    XOXO

  5. Thanks so much, MamaV –as always, your words mean a ton. You’re so right that it’s a journey of self-discovery; even where I was mentally a month ago is so different than where I am now.

    Like you, I love the feedback.

    LOL — we don’t have kiddies yet so I do have more time than I will with them!

    And thank you … I love to write and I’m glad it shows!

  6. Blogging is wonderful – keeps my writing skills somewhat honed and my thoughts sorted. Today I accidentally deleted a blog about my dissertation that I’d labored over all summer and fall…But I think it was maybe just a cue to begin some therapeutic, anonymous blogging. Here goes nothing!

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