May 4th, 2006

topics for discussion

Last week while hanging out with judaicdiablo and John, the topic of blogs and journals briefly came up for some reason. While Brandon repeated his disdain for blogs, John made a comment that I thought was pretty funny: he said to me, "I don't know why you write the stuff that you do in your journal. I read it, but I don't know why you write it."

I thought about that a few times over the past week. My initial reaction was of course he doesn't know: it's my personal journal, I write about my personal concerns, it's only meant to make sense to me. I don't expect him or anyone else to know why I write this stuff. But on second thought, surely most of my concerns are not that particular to me: affording a home, staying financially afloat, finding a companion, enjoying music - these must be fairly common and easily understood. And again, very simply, it's a personal journal, so it's about my concerns, that must be easy to understand. What could he mean that he didn't know why I wrote the stuff that I do?

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find out what he meant. The conversation went off in a different direction, and when I asked him about it last night, he didn't remember saying any such thing. Still, it raised the interesting question, why keep a journal online? What makes me choose to discuss some topics and not others?

Unfortunately, it's pretty late and I need to get to bed. Or maybe that's fortunately, since it'll keep this post shorter than usual. I'll have to answer the question later. Of course, if any of you want to comment on why you keep a journal and why you choose the topics that you do, please feel free to.