What makes a blogger? Why does anyone even begin the process? And in the course of blogging, does something happen to transform the original purpose or intent?
The inspiration for this post came from my very first boyfriend, Ted (who took me, chauffered by my Mother, to my first dance in 8th grade) who became a scientist and for some strange reason is following my blog all these many years later. Thank you Ted for making me think about why I blog, and how the effort has changed over the past few years and become more and more liberating and a more enjoyable endeavor.
The inspiration came from an article Ted found by a Professor of Chemistry, who began her blog with strictly scientific meanderings. Over time, the blog changed and changed again. The article is so worthwhile reading because it explains what happens in the process and how a blog morphs along with the blogger. Read this wonderful article called Catalysts , by Michelle Francl, Professor of Chemistry on the Clowes Fund for Science and Public Policy at Bryn Mawr College, for deeper insight into a blogger’s transformation.
But, Ms. Francl’s article has inspired me to assess the changes in my own blogging efforts. Having produced three different blogs in the past two years (The Virginia Shopper, Technicolor Day Dreams, and Virginia Views), I can now wander, not only through the Virginia countryside, but stretch my writing skills and play with primitive attempts at photography. Will my purpose and approach morph again in time? Probably. But for now I am among the happy bloggers of the world, following others who I deem the best, and being followed by actual family and friends, and by lovely people I have never met but who feel like family and friends. And, I am convinced that bloggers, no matter how erudite or technical or scientifically bent, undergo similar transformations which ultimately become liberating.