Blogging vs Writing
Is blogging the same as writing? Here is an interesting discussion:
Blogging is an activity that is so distinct from the experience of writing that it should be called something else altogether. One does not write a blog post except in the sense that one “writes” a shopping list or a business plan . . … The short answer is that blogging is a social activity, while writing is, properly speaking, a use of one’s solitude. There is nothing solitary about blogging.
Thing is, any kind of writing is deeply social because it is all about language, and language is a tool of communication. This is why I move so easily between scholarship and blogging. It’s all the same process of trying to get your ideas across to other people. Whether those people are present throughout the process in the form of students who discuss these ideas in your class, colleagues who question them during conferences, friends who roll their eyes when you start going on and on about the nation-state yet again, or blog readers who do all of these things and more is not very important. Writing doesn’t happen in isolation from the world. Writing is about engaging with the world.
A scholar who is writing a monograph engages with all the scholars who came before her and got her to this starting point. A novelist draws on a lifetime of reading texts created by other people and interacting with other people. Whether there is somebody in the room when the writing occurs doesn’t change the nature of the activity. Writing is still about creating a bridge between one’s mind, one’s inner life, one’s store of thoughts and feelings and everybody else.
If Cervantes got up after writing a little bit of his Quixote and rushed to read this small new paragraph to whomever was living in his house at the time, asking “So? What do you think? Does it make any sense?” and receiving feedback and arguing about it, would that make him any less the great Cervantes we all admire? I’m obviously not saying I’m “just like” Cervantes because I write. I’m saying that procedure isn’t important. Writing is writing.