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  • 8th Jan, 2006 at 6:06 PM

On Wednesday night, I almost stood up love2heart for dinner! This is because I was exceedingly forgetful, and was sitting in the restaurant waiting for her to show up. Meanwhile, she was waiting at the subway station, like we had agreed upon. When I realised what had happened, I ran over there where she was still waiting. Boy, am I scatterbrained!

As we were walking to Taqueria la Nacion, which served us a very tasty meal, we started talking about weblogging and LiveJournal. I mentioned that I tried to write interesting things for people to read and she noted, "so you write for an audience."

Hmm... I guess I do.


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8th Jan, 2006 23:12 (UTC)
I do too, I like sharing little peices of me.

If I wrote for myself I probably wouldn't publish it to the web.

Then again, there are times where I just want to document a time in my life, in order to look back at it in the future, not really thinking to hard on what others are going to think of it.
9th Jan, 2006 03:42 (UTC)
I agree with your sentiment. That was one of the reasons why my first weblog completely failed. I couldn't think of interesting things to write for an audience, so I didn't.

Sometimes I wish that I could have a totally anonymous journal for my private thoughts, but if I had one, I certainly wouldn't put it online.
9th Jan, 2006 16:04 (UTC)
Heh, I have various little black and red books which I've been using to keep my neurotic thoughts since I was 16. Very little is held back, consequently there is very little of universal merit inside them. As a purely personal journal though, it is interesting to watch how I've grown and developed through the years. The content/context is somewhat distorted by the fact that I generally wrote in those books when I was distressed about something-or-other in the world, but there is a subtle but definite shift from adolescence to adulthood contained in those pages. I suppose if I keep writing, I'll notice myself changing from an idealistic young adult into a crotchety middle-ager. :)
8th Jan, 2006 23:15 (UTC)
"so you write for an audience."

I do too. I know lots of people that journal for just themselves, but it's all about the feedback and discussion and thought-provokingness for me.
9th Jan, 2006 03:04 (UTC)
One could argue that writing for yourself is still writing for an audience, namely, yourself in the future. However, this would be a silly argument.
9th Jan, 2006 03:54 (UTC)
I'd like to point out that the majority of us are rather silly people.
9th Jan, 2006 03:53 (UTC)
I think that the feedback is something that I like, but my entries do not garner the same volume of discussion that yours do.

My guiding principle, so far, has been to write diary entries that I myself would want to read. That seems to have worked pretty well so far, so perhaps a lively forum will develop some day?
9th Jan, 2006 15:43 (UTC)
I think it's worth noting that 'interesting' is more a reflection of how you express things rather than what you express. I'm convinced that the most banal existence could be made into a gripping saga by the right individual (but would it then be banal? what a paradox)

Very rarely am I able to express things up to my standards, so my entries generally come when (1) I'm not thinking very much about what I'm posting (the results here are predictable) or (2) I find, somewhere, the inspiration to write something that meets my standards (very rare). I wish I could have the (2) moments more often.. I suppose the key here is to just keep on writing.

I remember talking about this sort of thing with apenwarr one time, and he thought there needed to be writing classes for people writing personal weblogs. :) A bit over the top perhaps, but he does have a point.

9th Jan, 2006 19:31 (UTC)
I highly recommend that you write more. Play a bit with your words and don't worry so much; it's a journal and it's yours to play with. I find that the more I write, the easier it becomes to write better and to write less.

I wouldn't mind classes for people writing weblogs, as long as people don't start doing critical analyses. That would miss the point by miles.
9th Jan, 2006 05:07 (UTC)
I tend to write for an audience too. The audience varies from post to post (for example, stuff I'm up to is for those in London or Waterloo, and technical stuff is more the NITI crowd)

But I've also found that I tend to mostly post for an undirected audience... i.e. it's not really all that important to me who reads it or when, but I want to get a thought out there, without annoying everyone immediately around me (who may be too busy to care at the moment). It's an asynchronous way of dealing with random thoughts that spring to mind, and I feel that's probably the best way to deal with those sort of things.

I also make posts for myself, but those are mostly limited to a private post every month or two, summarizing things that have happened and thoughts/conclusions I have about those events. A lot of that information is never posted (friends-locked or otherwise), although there's a handful of people I'll discuss those things with (one-on-one, in person or some other real-time mechanism).
9th Jan, 2006 19:52 (UTC)

My tendency is to write posts that are similar in scope: I don't care who is reading, but I am aware that anyone could be reading.
27th Aug, 2008 22:35 (UTC)
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