Andrew Sullivan’s “Why I Blog”

Andrew Sullivan’s article titled “Why I blog” was a really good article with a lot of great points. To begin with, Sullivan starts off with explaining what the word “blog” actually means: “The word blog is a conflation of two words: Web and log. It contains in its four letters a concise and accurate self-description: it is a log of thoughts and writing posted publicly on the World Wide Web” (Page 1). He then goes on to explain how he started blogging in the first place, which I found to be pretty interesting. What is neat about blogging is that bloggers are able to express themselves through writing in many different ways. Bloggers essentially have great opportunities to be able to collect their thoughts and as Sullivan states being able to wait until events have occurred. With this being said, I believe that Sullivan means that a lot of bloggers like discussing about current events especially the ones that are  discussed in news reports. This is where societies are able to go on the blog and comment their own personal thoughts as well. Everybody has their own opinion. This is where the blogger and the reader are able to connect. During his article, Sullivan gives concrete examples of his own blogs that he chose to write about. One of the blogs that I picked up on was on the topic of “9/11” and how it played out in real time for him. Blogging makes the publisher, or consumer feeling free and Sullivan makes it clear. He states, “To blog is therefore to let go of your writing in a way, to hold it at arm’s length, open it to scrutiny, allow it to float in the ether for a while, and to let others, as Montaigne did, pivot you toward relative truth” (Page 3) (Well in fact, Blogging is free writing in a very public area) The publisher is able to write about whatever they choose which I feel like is an essential feature of blogging. Sullivan does a marvelous job explaining why people blog in the first place. A main reason is to express feelings.It’s always nice to express your thoughts and feelings that I have. Sullivan states, “A good blog is your own private Wikipedia”. I wonder what Sullivan means by that? Wikipedia is a site where it is largely open to editing. I’m assuming that he means that bloggers have a way of correcting their posts whenever they choose. For someone who checks in on their blog frequently, their able to create and make a better blog. But didn’t he say in the beginning of the article that editing wasn’t possible? I may have confused myself…

Other than that,

Yeah, a very long, but good article !



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