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.