I used the first part of the day today to write on this blog. I was a couple of days behind and wanted to register the missing days. For some reason, I found it very important to write regularly. For me it is a bit like a diary (from Latin diarium, from dies ‘day’). Normally a diary is private, sometimes even secrete, reflections about one’s life including both experiences and thoughts. Keeping a daily record privately It is not only a notebook reminding us what happened which day. Writing alone and being the only receiver of the message, has some poetic connotations. There is an intimate process happening between the diary and the writer. Most of the time the diaries are written in the evening, before going to bed. It can for some people become a ritual that can be compared to the good- night prayer
Normally a diary is private, sometimes even secret, reflections about one’s life including both experiences and thoughts. Keeping a daily record privately It is not only a notebook reminding us what happened which day. Writing alone and being the only receiver of the message, has some poetic connotations too. There is an intimate process happening between the diary and the writer. Most of the time the diaries are written in the evening, before going to bed. It can for some people become a ritual that can be compared to the good- night prayer
But what happens when a diary-like text is posted publicly on a blog like this one?
It is no longer just a private text but also a public expression. Other people can read what I write, and some might even choose to follow my writing. Knowing this gives another perspective on the text I’m writing. It gives me stimulation too.
I think the concept of a blog comes from sailing. The sailors will daily make a report with a regular or systematic record of incidents or observations. A logbook captures events during the voyage of a ship, and they are very useful for traditional navigation of a ship. It is an essential tool and must be filled in at least daily.
The connection with a blog and a sailing logbook is interesting because there are other water- and sea- related expressions when we talk about the internet. Like surfing on the internet or streaming information. So we could say that to have an online blog is a way to keep the track and direction in the sea of information.
To write every day is also a good training. I see it as technical training for writing as well as training for putting some thoughts in words.
When I decided to write a small text every day during the trip to Brazil I had an idea that my reflections and thoughts could be interconnected. If I look back to my daily registrations, I should be able to trace down some “red lines”. These red lines could reveal some fields of interest that I was not aware of to start with.
Of course, the texts I write are too short and underdeveloped to have the value of a serious theoric reflection. Still they make it possible for me to initiate some thoughts that later on could be developed further. If we don’t take the immediate reflections serious, we might overlook the potential some of them might have. When I get back to Copenhagen, I can look at my blog as a collection of daily registrations in words. I can filtrate the most interesting thoughts, and I can try to make a new body of text.
It is beautiful if a diary blog becomes a way of sharing thoughts; Even thoughts that are not yet completely polished or articulated. It is a declaration of trust and transparency. The streaming method of daily writing and posting might have its own delicate values that go beyond the information it provides.