Yesterday & today I discovered some old college buddies’ blogs over on xanga. I love Blogs!!! It is impossible to stay in touch with everyone, but blogging allows us to be at least updated about what’s going on in old friends/relatives/loved ones’ lives.
Perhaps it could be argued that blogs are so impersonal.
Perhaps it could be argued that reading blogs is being nosey.
Perhaps it could be argued (this being the best argument of all) that blogging is replacing real community and friendship with psuedo-community. You don’t have to be all in. You can just blog or comment or read when you want. You can choose to check out of the community and be “virtually” un-noticed for any amount of time you want. There is no true commitment required, unlike face-to-face friendships.
At the same time, to blog, is to be allowed to say and express what you really think and feel. If you talk to someone in person, they are obligated to listen. If people want to read your blog, great, there is no obligation. They can comment only if they choose too, no obligation to give a response. No fake “um-hm.”
Perhaps this fuels an environment for more honesty.