It's odd, you know, browing around the world of Real Bloggers. We potter around on our LiveJournal campus, safe in the knowledge that Brad and the crew are looking after our data for us, making sure there's enough bandwidth and cache and memory and all those things we are dimly aware of as being vital to our existence as a LJer. We write about our bad days, our good days, our relationships, our friends and family. We disgorge personal information, most of which we wouldn't trust to our own mothers - especially our own mothers, in some cases - but which we're happy for a 28 year old wannabe-student in California to read, safe in the knowledge that we've got filters to hide behind, friends lists to edit as circumstances change, the great big "delete" button to hit - but it's okay, cos even the delete button doesn't get rid of it all for good.
But the Real Bloggers, the ones who have graduated from LJ and moved on to the wide world web, don't have the technical safety net we have. Many of them are run off computers out of their own home. If their server goes down, woops. If their bandwidth gets eaten up, well that's their problem. But technical problems can be overcome, or avoided. But what would you, dear LJer, do without filters and friends lists? What would you do if you couldn't divulge your deepest, darkest secrets to your all-knowing, ever-listening journal? We are but amateur bloggers, because we write about ourselves, the easiest of materials. Whilst it take skill to express our emotions with eloquence, many rarely bother even with this.
So what do the Real Bloggers do without their privacy net? They, apparently, write creatively. To take from my list of blogging favourites at random:
Audi Man was the first blog I ever came across, thanks to the Guardian. He writes, roughtly, about his life in a way that is extremely funny, bringing to the fore micromoments of absurdity that we all encounter as we go about our day.
Scaryduck is another previous winner of the Guardian Best of British Blogging award, best known for his Scary Stories, Did You Know's..., and Horrorscopes.
Londonmark is the ultimate blogger. Although his writings are lengthy, the number of ongoing themes he has introduced to his blog is what makes it great. The quality of his writing is also regarded to help. Mark has such fantastic series as "Walking with Mark"; "The Lost Art of..."; "The A-Z of Mark" and others that involve writing from his perspective, but in a forced structure that becomes familiar yet stays interesting.
And it is in this vein that I would like to continue my LJ. Writing about myself, from my perspective, is easy. Writing about other things from my perspective, or about myself from another perspective, is more challenging.