I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
The five finalists for The National Book Award were on Charlie Rose the other night, one of them mentioned the Joan Didion quote when Rose asked them day-in-the-life, what's it like to be a Book Award author questions.
Joan Didion writes to find out what she's thinking. This year I went to BloggerCon to find out why I'm blogging. I started blogging to decant and organize thoughts, and make room for more thinking. If people leave comments once in a blue moon, you can blog to find out is anybody thinking what I'm
thinking blogging? Before the election, many blogged not to detect thought, but to push it. They were not explicit of course ("you must start thinking what I'm blogging!")
2004 is the year that blogs became a little more formal. More blogs have a specific purpose, are more polished, have commercial-ish mission statements. More people read blogs, and google for yours. The non-A-list blogger once had the freedom of I-can-write-what-I'm-thinking sandbox like attitude, "I'll never meet the few people who read me". Like it or not b-list and c-list bloggers, somebody will read your blog as your resume. How do we adjust the sandbox attitude for 2005? Where can you safely blog just to find out what you're thinking?