OK, I’m starting a web log

With some trepidation, I have decided to start a web log.  I am not ready to say that I am going to start blogging.  I don’t even like the word blogging.  I don’t think it’s an actual word.  It sounds too much like flogging, which is a word I DO like, but that’s a different topic.  I remember when a student told me she was required to blog for another class, and I had to have her repeat the word several times, then tell me what the hell she was talking about.  Web – log.  I feel more comfortable saying I am starting a web log.  Those are actual words.

My reasons for this web log are what you might expect:  I want to establish a regular writing habit, with readers, even though this fills me with anxiety.  I want to force myself to write, and use my laptop for something more productive than checking Facebook, playing computer games, checking email, posting photos to Facebook–you get the idea.

I am trying to finish a book I started during my (lovely, wonderful, blissful, those were the days) sabbatical in the spring of 2009.  I will post excerpts from the book here, along with other assorted writings.  Most will be nonfiction.  Which gets me to another term I do not particularly care for:  creative nonfiction.  I’m told that’s what I write.  Sigh.

I care a lot about words, and don’t always want to go along with the new meanings they acquire as the world lurches forward.  I resisted getting a computer back in the 80’s, then resisted email, then Facebook.  Now I am hooked on all of them.  So maybe the words blogging and creative nonfiction will become less irritating to me.  I can’t quite embrace them, but I acknowledge their utility.

A note on the word flogging:  it is a good word.  It is onomatopoetic.  It is also a bit humorous, at least to me, as a word, though not as a concept, unless you envision some Monty Pythonesque mode of flogging.  But the word blogging sounds like something inactive, something that has already been flogged into a state of inertia.  Or something dead.

Nevertheless, I am starting a web log.  This is my first entry.  Perhaps I can use the word blog as a verb in the next one.

P.S. The title aliceinwritingland was taken, so I opted for aliceinbloggingland.  Please read ironically.

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I am starting a blog in order to establish a regular writing habit, with readers. Enjoy!
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6 Responses to OK, I’m starting a web log

  1. shellpup225 says:

    Best of luck with your blog. I will let you know when I get back to work on mine.

  2. flogging, really? that’s a gustatory comment!

  3. Nan says:

    Congrats, Alice! I’m very happy you decided to do this – no matter what it’s called.

  4. josna says:

    Good for you for taking the plunge, Allie! I’ll look forward to your posts. I too care about words and using them correctly and with precision. BTW (not to flog a dead horse but)—in English idiom “flogging” means selling.) Curious about your book, too, if you ever want to talk about it. No need to feel anxious about having readers. Soon you’ll be addicted, both to writing and to hearing from your readers; and (if you’re anything like me) you’ll have to drag yourself away from your (we)blog in order to grade papers; or more likely, will escape into your blog in order to avoid grading papers.

  5. LenaB says:

    It’s about time! Looking forward to reading your writing regularly!

  6. Anka Z says:

    Ooooooooo… Excited for you! Eagerly awaiting…..

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