I've never been much for blogging or for religiously keeping a journal, but since this is an assigned project I might as well get over it and embrace the concept with open arms. My teacher in high school tried to get me to write everyday (as it was assigned) and it stuck for a while, but it’s just not something I write down.
I think it has to do with the idea that my personal thoughts are on record for everyone to see. Sure, sometimes there isn't anything incriminating going through my head, but other times I find myself thinking about something and pausing to ask, “Did that really just come from me?” I also made myself a promise that I wouldn't blog. I didn't want to be one of those people who constantly wrote out what they were doing. I really don’t think the world needs to know when I cook dinner and what I decided to do. The only reason I have Facebook is to communicate with people.
And even then I find myself questioning all the people on my friend’s list and what they are posting. Take this one friend for example. I don’t need to know the details of her fight and make-up with her boyfriend. I don't need to see a new picture of her every few minutes. It's crossing into the line into the "TMI" category.
In the end I suppose none of it really matters. People are people. They act the way they want and choose to do what they think will make them happy.
It’s as a good friend once stated to me: “What happens here, goes on Facebook.”
Because I recently looked at the assignment criteria (thank you syllabus), it has come to my attention that the goal of every blog is to write at least 500 words. Am I panicking? Yes, I think I am. So to fill this requirement, I decided it would be in my best interest, or at least my grade’s, to go back and expand on this blog. How will I do this, you ask?
To be perfectly honest, I have no idea.
But I am determined to fill this word count. So, since this is an assignment, let me explain what I tend to get out of this.
It is my hope that I will be able to continue this blog after my class ends. I suppose that’s the purpose, but it’s a good goal nonetheless. My second wish is that, by the time class is over, I will be comfortable (or a little more comfortable than I am now) with my thoughts being posted all over the World Wide Web for everyone to see.
It doesn’t seem like a big step, but as a friend of mine pointed out, it’s hard for someone who keeps everything bottled up to let people in. It’s scary enough to think about what I think about, but the possibility that someone else will read it?
Institutionalization sounds better and better all the time.