Saturday, May 5, 2012

Blogging Birds of A Feather + Happy Birthday Jim

     As I browse around the blogosphere, I am struck by the uniqueness of everyone's writing style, not to mention the variety of topics.
     Some writers use a direct no nonsense method.  Others offer a more flowery style filled with imaginative metaphors and similes.  While still other blogs take on a conversational tone.   These are just a few examples of the various writing techniques I have observed.  There are, I am sure,  many more.
     I curiously wonder if the author’s speaking style is the same as his or her writing style.
     I thought about the way I speak versus the way I write.  I am a slow thoughtful speaker, hesitating while I try to choose just the right word or phrase.  I frequently have to remind Ross,  “Please do not  finish my sentences."
     I would classify my writing style as concise and direct.  You know probably along the lines of “Just the facts, ma'am, just the facts.”  My speaking voice is even toned.  But when I am agitated, I frequently sputter like a hose with a clogged nozzle.  (Hey how did that simile sneak in there?)
     I recently read a novel by a popular author.  By the end of the book I felt bloated and over fed by too many trips to the "all you can eat" metaphor buffet. (Okay, I’ll stop now, it’s just not my style.)
     When I first started blogging I remember reading a post in which the author made it known that she did not care to read other’s blogs. The reason was because she just was not interested in what Mary’s newest recipe was or where Peggy spent her day or what Sam had to say about high gas prices.  Funny thing this person had a large following.
      While my blog surfing has expanded my interests,  I can usually quickly tell if a new blog will become a regular haunt or just a one night stand.  I can’t explain exactly what attracts me, or for that matter turns me off.  Perhaps I just instinctively gather a sense of like mindedness or the discovery of a kindred spirit.   Or maybe I am just curious about what Mary, Peggy, and Sam have been up to lately.

Happy Birthday, Jim.  I am holding happy thoughts and hopeful wishes for a good year for you.

I have created a page for Anna's Diary.  It can be found under the Tab titled Anna's Diary.
I have posted all of the entries to date there, starting with January 1, 1929.

Here is today’s entry from Anna’s Diary:
Sun. May 5, 1929
Went to 360 for dinner.  Edythe phoned.  Came over to 829.  Mrs Poole and Lorraine visited and drove them home.  Went to Edythe’s and then to Mt. Prospect with Jean and Edythe & Clarence.


  1. I know exactly what you mean about being instantly attracted to a blog. And I do find it interesting getting a peak into other people's lives!

  2. I find it interesting that you mention writing styles in blogging. I was just thinking about that the other day. I suppose that on my blog I'm more of a "conversational" type of a write in that I tend to write how I would speak (to a certain extent). I don't do that with my academic writing (not that I do much of that anymore). I suppose it depends on the context or my intended audience. With that said, I spent a lot of time over the last couple weeks reading tons of different blogs, all connected to knitting and I only added a couple to my reading list, though I read perhaps hundreds more. I don't have any set criteria for my decisions except that the blog would have had to somehow speak to me in a way that I could connect with.

    My reading list is entirely too long anyway so perhaps it's a good thing that I didn't add many more blogs...

  3. I read and enjoy a wide variety of styles, but when it comes to blogs especially, I think what's being said is almost as important as how it is said. Unlike the blogger in your example, I find those little details of people's lives to be fascinating for the most part.