Journal of Alan Howard
Thursday - 21st February 2002 -
Blogs and bloggers
I've been enjoying seeing a lovely Japanese lady (Wakana).
She hasn't been in NZ long, so English is still a little
difficult for her. While I'm enjoying spending time with
her and getting to know her, I'm also enjoying learning a lot
about Japanese customs and traditions.
There's a new trend on the internet - weblogs. Or 'blogs'
for short. There's an entire world I just stumbled upon a
couple days ago. Bloggers spend a lot of time blogging
every day, working on their blogs. Sheesh! I was
concerned that maybe I had become a blogger without even
realising it, but to my relief I eventually found out that I was
still the 'writer of an online journal'. Phew!
Apparently blogs are written about external events in the life
of a blogger. For example, they write about the kinds of
sandwiches they had for lunch, and how much time they spent at
the gym, and about their shopping lists, etc etc.
Online journalists, on the other hand, write about what happens
inside their mind, rather than what they had for lunch.
They talk about how something affected them emotionally, and use
it to help them grow in some manner. They write to explore
the depths of their souls, while bloggers write to apparently be
noticed by others. Blogs last only months, it seems, while
online journals last years.
I am SO happy I'm not a blogger.
I think the term is stupid.
I'm looking at exploring the depths of my soul for many, many
years. This is a journey of my life and who I am. I
am not Alan Howard - that is just a name to help identify me to
others. Nor am I this journal.
I am the consciousness that is aware.