This is it. Time to reflect on the experience of blogging.
To begin with, blogging for a class was a completely new concept for me. I wasn’t sure what to think at first. I was ready and willing to give it a shot; I wanted to be enthusiastic about it and put some really interesting posts up, but alas I fell victim to the worst writer’s block I’ve ever experienced in my life.
I think it has to do a lot with the open-endedness of writing for ones self and knowing that others will read. Usually I would embrace the opportunity, but for some reason I just couldn’t think of anything to say. It was and is very frustrating for someone like me. This semester was full of sooo much writing that I couldn’t make blogging a more enjoyable experience. Kind of similar to trying to read a novel in the middle of a semester full of Lit classes, it was hard to motivate myself to write for fun (although this is a major assignment). I had fun with what I did get to write, I was just hoping to get more into it on a personal level.
I did look at the potential post topics given to us, and thankfully they helped. I still have trouble trying to dive into this internet thing though. No matter what I said in my first post, it gives me the butterflies knowing that my writing is out there in the open water. I can see the dorsel fins circling every comma splice I unwittingly make. On the same note, it’s a great thing to be pushed into since, the reality is, if I want to continue to write I better get used to people reading my stuff.
I think my favorite post is the second one I did,growing, camping, and purple rain. It felt a lot like the personal essay in that it was direct experiences and observations coming from me. That was one post where I felt like I truly had something to say. Not that the rest of these posts don’t mean anything to me, because they all do, it’s just that it was easier for me to write that particular one.
In the first post, onomatopoeia, I used a lot of cynical humor to describe my intial thoughts on blogging. It comes pretty easy for me to be kind of cynical when writing, but at the same time I feel like I get stuck in that rythm and voice when I don’t always want to be. It kind of limits my reader’s expectations, whether those expectations be good or bad, and at the same time it seemed to limit my topics. It’s a downer, but it’s the truth man.
I’m still interested in getting to know this type of writing more. I would like to start with a fresh blog once the semester ends and my head clears out a bit. If I could’ve done this all over again for ENG 306 I definitly would’ve chosen a theme to stick with. I’m taking a Writing About Film course right now and I’m discovering how much I like to write movie reviews. That would’ve been a fun route to take for this type of medium.
It was also great to get some feedback. Most were very agreable and safe, but one in particular was very much the opposite. It was on the post Barack Obama and a Parking Ticket Walked into a Bar that one of my classmates tore my writing apart. And I couldn’t appreciate that more. Certain points that he came away with, after reading that post, were points that I had no intention of making. To me, that is a problem with my writing, not his reading. That was a big learning experience in itself. I’ve been meaning to go back and fix those parts that wrongly communicate what I was trying to say, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.
I really enjoyed reading other people’s blogs. I wish I had started it earlier in the semester, but it seems that, like me, everyone kind of hung back until the end. The range of ideas out there among fellow 306ers was great. If I could give any advice to future blog students it would be to check out what your classmates are doing. It’s a great way to get the gears moving for potential posts.