When I first heard about blogging, 1. I didn’t really know what it all meant and 2. I thought blogging would never be something I would do! A couple of years later, and here we are celebrating MY BLOG’S 1st birthday… Hmm never say never I guess. to be honest, blogging seemed like some strange form of narcissistic exposure at first. Why would people want to tell the world what they are doing/cooking/thinking every week? Do we really care? What a waste of time, do I really want the world to know me that well?
However when I was seeking a medium for my own purposes (food in case you haven’t guess by now) I discovered blogging really is the perfect way to go. I found that you can write in ways that would not work for print, it’s so immediate (you don’t have to wait for the next publication to come out, and one press of a button and your blog is published (with no editors breathing down you neck.) Plus it’s nice to have a creative outlet, writing to me helps to consolidate the constant mind chatter into something more productive perhaps…
“Writing is a form of therapy; Sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, escape the madness, the melancholia and the panic which is inherent in the human condition” Grahm Green. Here here Mr Green! Couldn’t have put it better myself.
The only thing I don’t like about blogs, is the word itself. It’s not a very sophisticated word for such an increasingly technical medium. I heard somewhere that the word ‘blog’ started by someone calling it a ‘weblog’ and then another separated ‘weblog’ into ‘we blog’ and voila! Blog it is… unfortunately.
After doing a little reading on it, I also learnt one can get themselves into quite a bit of strife for saying the wrong thing on their blog!
A little interesting bit of trivia from Wikipedia explains:
After expressing opinions in his personal blog about the state of the Sudanese armed forces, Jan Pronk, United Nations Special Representative for the Sudan, was given three days notice to leave Sudan.
Yes well, I will definitely stick to writing about food! Hopefully won’t do any time behind bars for it either – if I did, it would probably be worth it given the amount of fun I have had blogging over this past year (well maybe not but hey you get my drift?)
So if you could change the name ‘blog’ to something else, what would it be?