Thursday, December 28, 2006

A Blogging Personality

I am currently reading through old blog posts and realising how much more open I was back then. I think it stemmed partly from the fact that for the first 4 months or so, I only received 1 or 2 comments, and that led me to believe that no one was reading my blog. Consequently, I wrote with a lot less inhibitions. Although I had sent the link out to so many friends when I left Boston, it seemed that no one was bothering to read it (and at the time, I didn't know how to check who was viewing my blog).

I wrote a lot more about feminism, about my dreams and ambitions, my personality - topics I haven't blogged about it a while. Maybe it's just a reflection of the things going on at the moment or the issues on my mind. I think there's probably a time factor too. I am probably less likely to start a detailed write-up on a subject if I don't have the time to write it as well as I would like. Perhaps there's also the realisation that this stuff is on the Internet, afterall!

Well, it's an interesting thing for me to note, nonetheless. I wonder how my personality comes across through my writing - or if it does. I wonder if other people find themselves increasingly more comfortable with expressing themselves to potentially thousands of people out there or if the gradual realisation of the magnitude of their audience slowly freezes them up?

At least, I'm glad that I'm still blogging. I wasn't sure it would last.

6 comments:

songreach said...

You come accross as very warm and open minded through your posts.

I don't consider myself a serious blogger but I have both the urge to "hoard" some posts and publicize some...either way I think I like where I stand so far..I'm saying this to buttress your conclusion on the possibility to be a bit more guarded when one realizes he/she might have a larger audience.

Pilgrimage to Self said...

I have read your blog almost from day one and you have what I call an 'intelligent' blog. There is nothing really frivolous about it and that's what appeals to me. It's very grown up, for want of a better expression, but not in a mundane boring way. It gives me a lot of pleasure to read it at the same time it makes me think. Not many blogs do that.

I used to feel the same way about having comments on my blog. Why was nobody reading it?? but I got over that, relaxed and just wrote without giving much thought to whether or not anyone was reading and viola, people started to leave more comments. I think being conscious about whether or not anyone will read a post really comes across in one's writing and then the whole post just becomes contrived and 'by force', y'know? People like what's real, not just putting up fluffy posts for the sake of wanting to blog about something.

That said, a personal post here and there always makes for riveting reading.

Happy New Year in advance girl!

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Ore said...

songreach, I know what you mean about horading some posts. I type some up and then decide that I can't share them, so I don't. If I'm unsure about a post, I write it and leave it for a few days to see how I feel. But, yes, I'm definitely not one of those bloggers who can tell all. If I wanted to do that, I'd blog anonymously, but even then I still don't think I could do it.

Thanks for your words, Pilgrimage! It's wierd. When I started blogging, it was purely a way to keep in touch with friends but evolved into something more. Now, a lot of times as I'm blogging or planning a blog, I think about how the post will fit into the culture of my blog. That's why I started wondering about blogging personalities.

I guess sometimes the personality of a blog can be so different from that of its owner, but since mine has my first name, it's tended to be a lot like my personality.

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

How do you find out who reads your blog? oh your blog is fantastic by the way... i think this is probably my frist time here.. but it def wont be my last time... keep it up.. happy new year...

Ore said...

Hi Overwhelmed Naija Babe, thanks for the compliments.

Do you see the icon at the bottom of the home page? It leads to http://www.sitemeter.com/ and that tells me who has been checking out my blog.