The LifeWriter’s Digest offered “Who is Writing Your Memoirs”, which inspired this next blogging challenge.
The same internal debate occurs as you writing your memoirs. You have many parts vying for authorship of your memoir, each insisting on setting the tone and theme of your story. Which part is going to prevail-are you going to let prevail? Will it be the hero? (“I survived against great odds!”) Or, the martyr? (“Life was really hard, and I just did my best!”) Or, perhaps it’s the saint? (“I just did the whole thing because I loved my family so much!”) Or, the slugger, the fighter of city hall? (“Nobody was going to tell me I couldn’t get my way!”)
Obviously, the martyr part will give a different slant to your story than will the hero part and perhaps the martyr might even choose completely different stories to write about than the hero. Which part you allow to be the narrative voice of your story will shape the message (theme) you ultimately make-and it’s completely up to you to decide! What is important is that you be conscious of choosing the narrative voice (the “who is telling this story”) that will most contribute to your story.
This week’s Blogging Challenge invites you to volunteer “who” is writing your blog.
Think about your blogging and writing style. Do you have a “personality”, a character or persona you take on when you blog? Is that character representative of your writing voice and style?
Are you blogging as the hero, standing upright and proud to share your opinion about your beliefs or political position? Or are you the educator, instructing others patiently on how to do what you teach? Or are you the anarchist, blogging wildly and freely without much focus, gathering tidbits from whatever you find, hoping someone finds value from your cluttered collection?
Are you blogging as a representative of your race, culture, sex, or sexual preference? Do you feel like you are representing a group as you blog or an individual? Or are you the nerd or geek, the techno-wiz who dazzles the blogosphere with techno-babble on your techno-topic?
Or is your blogging personality much more subtle? Are you a woman blogging anonymously, keeping your sex out of the blogosphere? Consciously or unconsciously? Are you blogging completely anonymously because you fear reprisals for your blogging positions and opinions?
Who and what is your online blogging persona? Is it different from who you really are in life? How? I’ve been asking “who the hell are you” for a while now. Here’s your chance to tell us. Who are you, the blogger, when you blog?
That’s the challenge. Share with us who you are when you blog, and be sure to include a link in the comment form to your blog so we can check out who you “really” are.
This is just one of a series of ongoing blogging challenges. So far, you’ve been challenged to to Tell Us a Story, Top 10 Keywords for Your Blog (which will play a very important role in an upcoming challenge, hint, hint!), Blog About What You Know, and Who Is Linking To You?. These Blogging Challenges come out about once a week to help jazz up your summer blogging schedule. Many of you will be participating in the Blogathon coming soon, so use these as a warm-up.
- Who The Hell Are You?
- Investigating the Connections Between Blogging Styles and Traffic Stats
- Judging Blogs by their Post Content Styles
- Blogging Yourself Into a Job: Is Your Blog Your Resume?
- Ripping the Blogging Mask Off to Find a Real Person
- Blog Writing: I lk yr blg
- Fortune Cookie Blogging
- Because Ignoring Reality Is The Next Best Thing To Changing It
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