Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Audience and writers

I was thinking about the "Who is our audience, and how does that affect how we write?" discussion, which was diva-ed so ably by Emily. We talked about friends, and family, and strangers... and our future selves. We were the missing audience in our discussion. We read each other, and blog for each other. We blog for the people whose blogs we admire, for the people who inspire us. When we start paying attention to each other, and blogging for each other, we become a literary movement and a powerful force. We don't write just for each other, but we write knowing that particular other writers are looking.

If you think about literary movements and their histories, you will see that this is true. That's all they are. They're groups of writers who write with the awareness of each other's attention. It kicks up the intensity a notch. That's happening all over in blogging, very rapidly, in many small groups and some huge groups. Writers are feeding each other energy and inspiration by being each others' audiences.


Blogger GraceD said...


So much grist for the mill. So. Much.

Liz, you spur us all on to greatness.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Shaunna said...

How very well said. Or written.

Now I want a sticker that says, "I blog for bloggers."

6:45 PM  
Blogger elkit said...

I added some more grist over here in Wonderland. I am SO delighted we all keep talking!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Lynn Kendall said...

Audience is, for me, the biggest difference between my blog (UnNatural History, at http://unnaturalhistory.blogspot.com) and my LiveJournal (http://www.wordweaverlynn.livejournal.com). LJ is a community; I write there for friends and use a more personal tone. The blog feels far more public, so entries need to be more polished. There have rarely been discussions in the blog, whereas the LJ is a forum for questions and comments and suggestions.

LJ is a conversation. The blog is a speech.

2:34 PM  
Blogger elkit said...

Hey Lynn,

Good to see you here! I don't feel like my blog is a speech - I wonder whether the difference between your LiveJournal and your blogspot blog might be a result of the difference in tone you describe. I am usually much more inclined to talk when the mood is more personal.

7:01 PM  
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