As a new writer of a blog I am still uncertain about finding my voice in this particular genre. I am used to the more formal academic writing, and English is my second language. Yet I decided to write a blog in English since I wrote my PhD is in English Literature and spent most of my adult life in the US. Also since Israel is a small country, I felt it was “safer” to write in English in an American site. As I already put all my academic material in Red Room I decided to go ahead and write a blog here too.
One of my favorite authors, the British writer Margaret Forster wrote at least two epistolary novels. The first one Private Papers (1986) deals with documentation, reality and our memory. A mother writes about her family history and her daughters, enraged by her selective memory, add their recollections of what has “actually” occurred. This novel, especially if considered in the context of the 1980s, is quite revolutionary.
Her second book Diary of an Ordinary Woman 1914-1995 (2003) is a fictional diary In a way it is similar Brooke Magnanti ‘s Belle de jour blog.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_de_Jour_(writer) what The Belle de Jour
In the two works the end result is fictional but they are based on authentic material. Forster created a fictional diary of an independent woman, she writes about her life in between the wars, about her work during the 2nd World war and her involvement in the women movement.
For my birthday my oldest daughter got me two books about blog writing. It was actually quite amusing; my younger daughter specifically asked me if I wanted such books for my birthday and I said no. And then, without asking, my other daughter got them for me. This is what I love about America, if you want to do something, learn all you can first, and then go ahead and just do it.
Yet, after reading the books I am even more puzzled. I am wondering at the reasons why people choose to write in this genre, is it because of the freedom it allows. And do they regard blogging as an end by itself or is it a means to a much larger project. How does one create a community with the readers and with fellow writers? Could there be such a community? I guess I will have to figure out the answers as I go along, but will be grateful for your insightful shortcuts.