I’m with Anna Wintour (as commented upon by Jen Bekman at Personism): I was never wild about the word ‘blog.’ Carolyn Zick and I talked about the word quite a bit when she came on the air. I held on to the word (and the practice of) ‘diary’ for many reasons, but just the sound of the word was one of them.
Another major reason: it’s something I did longer than most, now in my 134th notebook and 38th year, and so I felt a certain ownership. Ownership feels good. When I saw all these various online journals and then blogs exploding, I cheered on in one way (for I certainly read a lot of them) while I was strangely alienated in another. I guess this is because I loved to write in a way that I do not see often out there. But does that matter? Probably not.
Over the years, pals began journals after finding out about mine. Then they reveled in the practice – but few kept at it. It has its own rigor. Even the attitude towards my own online journaling changed over time as more people embraced it by following suite. One person told me they did not like reading my writings in Lovelake - it felt invasive I guess (though they never said why). But guess what? They keep a blog now!
Some people really detest blogs, refuse to read them (no matter who is writing them) and feel the blog gives credence to those whose opinions are not very carefully considered. Actually, I’m OK with all of that, because I saw the reverse for so long: same opinion at you, all the time, same lone critic/ reporter and paper or magazine, forming the taste of a town and their opinions are not always without bias (or with education) anyway.
The digital age is transforming everything. Just to hear Phil Bard talk about what an exciting time we were in for photography, all due to the digital format, made me rethink the art of the journal. Photography may have been ever-changing since its conception, but the diary has been pretty much the same for hundreds of years - until now. And all along, I read historical journals. No wonder I get so unnerved sometimes – by what is written by others online and also by what I try to share. After all, I still have the beloved personal, private practice in paper, where I can tell it all.
They said that the Internet would make the world smaller, but I found that it also made your own backyard so much more accessible and somehow more important. Entire events are driven by an email or a blog. But I could only keep up on what everyone was saying for so long! Stepping back will also be stepping forward, as I arrange a way, via the radio, to talk to those not in my backyard.