Friday, April 11, 2008

If they're going to read, we have to...

Then there is the writing. How many of you love that aspect of blogging, of web based interaction, be it intellectual interaction and creation og text with information and opinions, or actual interaction through blogging and commenting...we don't need to go into dating here, but social sites like facebook and myspace, as well as twitter and chat rooms...they all provide different venues for writing....

I also find that writing on line is functionally different than writing with paper and pen. My online writing is almost always for an audience, be it an email, blog, or work related. When I write on paper it is more private, though often inane as well.

There you have some Catalan verb conjugations if you feel like studying them...

I have one of these Moleskine notebooks which I love and carry with me most everywhere...it is hopelessly disorderly and also strangely orderly. There is a place I can write anything down, but it is purely chronological...which sometimes makes it tough to find...I also use it as a portable memory, I can make notes of things I see and want to remember, that strike me as fascination or interesting...



These are two pieces from the Etruscan exhibit I went to and blogged about, but CANNOT find...ah well, I should be less cryptic in my blog titles...

I have always wanted to journal, but usually fell out of the practice. Blogging somehow fills that, I think the audience keeps me on track, the feedback is also motivating. Facebook? Meh, I had a page. Boring. Twitter? I've checked it out, and there are some neat things being done with it, for instance politically active protesters in countries that are not, shall we say, open to that use it as a safety net...for instance they will twitter that they are going into the police station, and how long they expect to be there, so that people can start to act if they don't reappear. Pretty cool, no? Not exactly useful in my life though.

Chat rooms...again blech for me.

I also like the reflective nature of having to come up with a blog post each day, it forces me to look back at what I thought about rather than what I did...and then endeavour to write about it coherently.

Skype chat? It can be OK, but I am not that fond of staring at the screen while I wait for the other person to think and type...one of those moments you find with a computer, it is too short to do anything else, but too long to just stare at the d*mn screen, and they add up those moments.

I do use my little moleskin to journal comments that are more private than is appropriate with this venue...some are private enough though that they never hit the paper at all. Honestly though, I don't write much with a pen and paper if I were to count it up, I do draw a bit though....

Which is different again...



Can you tell I went to the Van Gogh Museum when I was in Amsterdam...which strangely I didn't blog about....looky here...




Woah, I shouldn't put mine up near his...totally intimidating, though I did draw mine in the hospital...sort of in the same theme with him, no?








The kids are listening to You tube while I type some Rihana and Yellow and more Rihana about her Umbrella, plus something about rehab

6 comments:

elPadawan said...

I do like this aspect of blogging. Most of the blogs I read get me thinking, about things I probably wouldn't think about usually. And I like the feedback as well ;).

And I agree, paper for me is more... personal and nowadays, when I use it, it's for work. To put down thoughts because writing with a pen on a screen is bad for all these pixels ;).

Beth said...

I love blogging, I love web based interaction, etc., but I would be lost without pen and paper. Writing my thoughts down (writing just about anything down) keeps me sane.

dawn said...

Another good post. I used to journal regularly before kids, then it got too much to sit before bed and write. I love to sit and type however. And I definitely like the feed back on what I write. I have a pen friend in Australia, since I was 9 and she said she preferred to get letters written by my hand as she could feel the mood in my writing. There is something personal about a hand written note, but truly as time goes on, I am feeling less that the type written is not as personal. I don't draw, so I don't put pencil to paper very often.

Terrie said...

Your post often inspire me to write more thoughtful posts on my own blog instead of just what I did today. I hope that trying to blog almost everyday will help me with the routine of keeping a ships journal when we are on the boat.
Terrie

Theresa said...

I like blogging much better than My Space, Twitter, etc. It makes you think about stuff and is more creative than just online chatting. But I have to admit that blogging isn't the most convenient way to take notes. A good old-fashioned notebook is much better for that.

oreneta said...

elPadawan, I have seen a pen that has no ink, but when you write it remembers the movements, you can then download it to your computer and it translates this into typed script and a document. SO COOL!!! A possible move towards using less paper....

Beth, there is something about writing, the physical act, that is theraputic, but I don't seem to be able to keep it up...

Dawn, I agree, I used to think that type written was impersonal, but I am getting more use to it. There is however, nothing quite like getting a hand written letter...

Terri, I love your posts about what you did today, cause I like to know what you did today, and I like your posts where your thinking more....as far as the log goes, some days were a little scant, some days there was more. There is nothing quite like legal obligation to keep you writing though...

I agree that blogging tends to be more thoughtful and creative, but I suspect that it also depends on who you are talking too as well....everyone I chat with it tends to be fairly to the point and not very intellectual. I have an imaginary world where great thoughts are flying by...maybe I am wrong.