In Sullivan’s article “Why I Blog”, he goes into great detail about what blogging actually is. Yes blogging is a form of journalism, but it’s not the same journalism one would find in a magazine or a newspaper. Blogging is an opportunity to share one’s thoughts and feelings about a subject without the worries of editing or public opinion that may come along with other forms of writing journalism or novel writing. I really liked the way that he illustrated blogging; describing it as an artform of some sort, saying:
It is the spontaneous expression of instant thought—impermanent beyond even the ephemera of daily journalism. It is accountable in immediate and unavoidable ways to readers and other bloggers….Unlike any single piece of print journalism, its borders are extremely porous and its truth inherently transitory.
I completely agree with Sullivan because I also see blogging as an immediate expression of instant thought that cannot be found in other forms of writing. Before blogging came about, the closest form of it that existed was journal or diary writing, but those types of writings were not usually exposed to the public like blogging is today. Very much like journal writing, blogging allows the writer to express his/her feelings in a stream of consciousness sort of way that is so organic in comparison to writing a novel or news article for example. Writing in this form takes away most boundaries, and allows the writer to express his/her immediate feelings about what is happening in that immediate moment without having to wait for more information to write about. Blogging does not require the immense amount of research or credible sources that other forms of writing requires. Instead, blogging requires something to write about and one’s feelings/thoughts on that topic. In fact, bloggers:
have scant opportunity to collect [their] thoughts, to wait until events have settled and a clear pattern emerges. [They] blog now—as news reaches us, as facts emerge…a blog is not so much daily writing as hourly writing. And with that level of timeliness, the provisionality of every word is even more pressing—and the risk of error or the thrill of prescience that much greater.
To Sullivan, blogging is a thrilling form of journalism that allows one to write without being required to repeatedly edit and add various sources to a piece of writing to make it credible and trustworthy. Sullivan claims that the thrill lies within the pressure of writing a cohesive, knowledge-filled piece that will appeal to his readers. To me, the pressure of blogging is just the fact that a blogger, such as Sullivan, tries to write pieces that appeal to his readers in a way that would make them want to continue to come back and read his blogs again. I find that blogging has much less pressure associated with it than other forms or journalism because as the writer, you know what your readers want and expect from you; you just have to find a way to fulfill that desire in an immediate and knowledgable manner. Writing in the 21st century has most definitely evolved from the typical journalist writing a column for the daily newspaper.