As I was reading the articles and some of the linked blogs, I felt myself becoming increasingly inspired to start my own blog. The tips on the "how to blog" article make the whole idea less intimidating. He (Tony Pierce) says one should "change your style. mimic people. write beautiful lies. kiss and tell. finger and tell. cry scream fight sing fuck and don't be afraid to be funny." I mean, that's pretty inspiring. There is something compelling about describing the funny, seemingly insignificant anecdotes one encounters everyday, writing for an anonymous audience who may or may not care about what you're dreaming or kissing and telling. I imagine that writing for that type of an audience is liberating.
One word that kept on emerging in the articles is "reinvention"; blogs allow one to reinvent oneself. In my mind, this notion contrasts with the idea of relieving stress by ranting about one's day, one's Real Life (?). It seems that people blog for a variety of reasons, from a form of stress relief, to a form of creative (fictional?) writing, to a way to enter an online community of people with similar interests.
My favorite blog, the one "I couldn't stop reading," was "Random Acts of Reality." It's this blog by a London ambulance paramedic. He writes with this brilliantly honest style, so simple but completely compelling, about his different experiences as a paramedic working in London. I also read some of the comments people wrote; they were supportive and conveyed their respect for him and his profession, and also their enjoyment of his blog. His responses to their comments certainly make it seem like he has created his own online community, complete with other healthcare professionals who can empathize, "civilians" living vicariously through his relatively exciting life and people who are thankful for paramedic services.
I wonder if I'd have anything interesting enough to write about if I were to start a blog... Well, as per Tony Pierce's advice, I won't let any of you know if I start a blog, as it could impede my creative and honest rants. :)