Sunday, January 18, 2015

Blog Journaling like a Broadcast Journalist. Blogcast Journalist.

Daryn Kagan, journalist and former news broadcaster, is also the author of her own blog, Daryn Kagan, about becoming a wife and mom, and finding life after TV news.

I would say Daryn’s blog follows a Personal Journal archetype, because she details her personal ideas on her day’s topic and colors the entry with her own experiences. They are often themed and framed around her daily life or things that weigh on her mind. She even includes pictures and personal stories. She talks about her feelings on issues such as her mom’s cancer diagnosis/treatment and living in one of the final states holding on to an all out gay marriage ban, and explores her opinions with personal examples. She speaks of her family and friends, as well as her professional experience as a newsperson. 

Daryn is very aware of her readers, and speaks directly to them. She also uses her blog to promote her newspaper columns, her personal website, and her twitter. So she is 100% aware of having an audience, and I think she tailors her posts to that effect. It sounds less like she is working through her ideas, and more like she just wants to talk about it and get it off her chest, hoping to inspire others along the way.

She has a definite funny voice and a clever turn of phrase. She makes her opinion very clear, which I appreciate. She formats her blog posts by returning at the end of every line.

Like this.

It makes it kind of hard to read.

But thats just my opinion.

Like it or not, I think it adds to her voice. It makes it more punctuated and staccato, but I think it makes it seem even less natural and more geared towards its readership. I don’t know if thats good or bad. Or neither.

1 comment:

  1. Good analysis. Since she is so aware of her reader, does the space give her a chance to reflect personally? Is she writing more for her audience than herself?