When I first told people I started a blog, most of them reacted strangely, as if I’ve made a poor life choice. “Why don’t you just write on your diary?”, someone asked me the other day.
Today, I went to see my doctor, and he asked me how I’ve been. I excitedly told him I started a new passion project, blogging. I told him about the things I’ve written about so far, like my relationship with Otherness and why I don’t regret majoring in Psychology. He looked at me with concern.
I then realized that people who are not blog readers don’t know that blogging has evolved significantly in the past decade. It’s not like it used to be. It’s different now.
You see, back in the olden days, blogs served as personal diaries. When I created my first blog on Xanga in the mid-2000s, all I did was rant, like I was writing on my diary. To my defence, I was a kid, not even a teen. I wasn’t mature enough to understand that there are repercussions to posting online.
Then, in my teens, I moved on to Tumblr. Like Xanga, the blog served as a diary, but this time, I was smart enough not to put my real name on the internet, and I never promoted the blog because it was personal. Those who were on Tumblr knew that Tumblr was not meant to be shared on other platforms. It was like a secret club. I’ve been on Tumblr for more than a decade now, and still use it every now and then for inspiration.
After reflecting on the judgment I received from people who do not understand why I started blogging, I came to the conclusion that they thought that I was going to create another online diary reminiscent of my Xanga and Tumblr days circa 2005 – 2012, which would indeed be disastrous. I see where they’re coming from, but also shocked that they don’t know what blogs are for these days.
To this, I respond: Relax, folks! I’m a professional now with a big girl job. I’m no longer a teenager. I’m a mature, sophisticated woman. I am truly okay with anyone reading my blog, be it my bosses, parents, future in-laws, etc. I have a physical diary locked in a safe somewhere. Now, that’s where my deepest, darkest secrets are written. I will never let it see the light of day. It’s an over-my-dead-body type of situation.
This blog serves a different purpose, which I already explained in this post. Blogging is so different now that there are people who blog full-time and make a good living out of it. I daresay it’s a career. There are also different categories of blogs that provide so much information. For instance, my favourite niche is personal finance. I’m obsessed with “The Money Diaries” on Refinery 29 and follow a bunch of blogs that talk about money. It’s just so interesting.
I’m writing this because I want people to know that blogs are no longer just personal diaries. In fact, I don’t see anyone blogging about what they do on a day-to-day basis anymore, like how it was back in 2005. We’re entering the 20’s now, and I’m kindly asking people to get with the times.
In all seriousness, when people blog, they want to be heard; they want to spread a message; they want a response.
So, tell me, does that sound like a diary to you?