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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.

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parkbenchzine
May. 5th, 2006 12:19 pm (UTC)
livejournal = modern day email circle of death
no? We just use Livejourn al instead of our old form circle of death. the topics are the same, some of the people are the same... and we don't get flooded with emails in our inbox. Our circle of friends has scattered across the globe, and instead of trying to use snail mail, or even email, with CC to everyone... we have this forum / blog. We can;'t simply get together / go to Boston Beer Works and discuss things... or hang out at applebees until they kick us out... or even hang in your parents living room. I look at it simply that way. You tell / ask your friends opinions. They offer them. in most cases you've got a circle of friends that offer opinions without hesitation and / or any regard for the feelings of others. : ) and I don't think you'd want it any other way. saying that, you write the things you do, cause... we don't hang out in person all the time, due to the miles bewtween us... I do refrain from some subjects in my journal, but thats cause I'm an over protective DA-DA and others don't need to know everything about Morgan.

I'm pleased you are writing. remember when we were printing the bench, I said write, write anything... and it was too hard for you to write anything. many of the things you've written about would make fine columns.. well, now you're doing it... and I'll probably have to copy your live journal content to the bench site when I settle on a CMS. : ) next project for me, DRUPAL. anyone have have advice on it?
(Anonymous)
May. 7th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
Re: livejournal = modern day email circle of death
Well, I don't think of LiveJournal as the good ol' email circle of doom/death. That flood of email in the inbox is a crucial part of the old circle. :-) I do understand what you're saying, I just feel the format's not that similar. If we had a forum, that'd be a lot more like it.

I'm glad you like my writing. I don't know that I'd want all my journal duplicated on the 'Bench site, but definitely the concert reports would go. As for DRUPAL, I have no idea what that is.
philaros
May. 9th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re: livejournal = modern day email circle of death
Anonymous again! Seriously, I don't know what the deal is. I think I was back on my old machine when I made this reply... oh and I guess the deal is that if I shut the machine down, which I have been, then it doesn't save my logged in state. Now it makes sense.
(Anonymous)
May. 5th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
I keep a blog to fan my fame.
--Brad the Gorilla
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