I was just reading from The Curious Writer for an upcoming composition class, and something suddenly occurred to me. Now, being an English professor, this would be a good time to include the direct quote, but unfortunately, I left my book at the office...so I'm relying off of memory and will paraphrase.
What Bruce Ballenger argues is that he views public and private writing in different ways. His more private writing is done in journals, and as a result, he doesn't feel as self conscious about what he is saying, how he is saying it, etc. And this got me thinking about blogging. Doesn't blogging blur the lines between the private and the public? And if it does, how do you maneuver through this? I find that I turn to the blog in the same way as I would a journal. I want to write about what I am personally thinking inside one moment in time, but in that space, I also realize that these thoughts will be made public for others to read. I want the mutual correspondence and collaborative feedback, but there is also this impending fear and doubt whether or not the words are polished enough to appear in this forum.
So, I'm curious...do you experience these dilemmas as a blogger as well?