Can a blog every truly be your own voice?
Isn’t it just projecting an image of yourself that you would like others to see?
If I wrote a diary on paper, then my thoughts would be mine alone. If a blog is a digital diary, then shouldn’t I also be free to say what I like? However, that is not how I perceive blogging. I dither over what to commit to the blogosphere, leaving a digital footprint that may not reflect who I am, but which will outlive me nevertheless. Knowing that other classmates (and possibly lost WordPress searchers) will read my blog, I find myself self-censuring. My blog contains a voice, but it is a voice specifically for my readers.
This MA obliges us to communicate via social media and collaboration tools. Being a digital immigrant, I have not always found it comfortable engaging with these media because of privacy issues. The idea behind keeping a reflective blog is sound. I am marketing myself for the future. The blog is a way of keeping a record of what I am doing for this module and can be used later as an aide memoire.
However, a blog is yet another way of announcing that you have an online presence and it makes you easier to be found. I’m not a conspiracy theorist but some of the time I honestly do not understand why the contemporary need to be seen and heard is so endemic (eye rolls from digital natives). Why is there this clamour for external validation?