Thursday, January 15, 2015

Blogging to Hate or Leaving No Emotion Unturned?

Exploring your personality, self reflection, sharing your emotions, these are just some of the characteristics of a journal or diary.  If this describes it at all, then “Dear Sweet Filthy World” by greygirlbeast has it down pat!  I found archived material from 2004 to present day and boy does it change dramatically.  In 2004 entries seem more for the audience.  The titles fit the entry like a book and she even apologizes for certain language she chooses to use.  By the time 2015 comes around she has definitely found her journaling voice and apologizes for nothing.  I’d like to note, she hates winter, with a vulgar passion.  It’s her authentic voice that brings this and so many more daily thoughts and events clearly to the screen.  She is a writer/editor or just a writer who proofs her own work at times, I’m sorry that wasn’t clear to me.  She now also signs every entry “Aunt Beast.”  Maybe it’s just me but the titles now are less of a journal type prompt and more of another thought that comes before the rest, like a diary, a diary or a journal that is surely written as though it was for her eyes only.  Filled with grammatical and spelling errors it’s easy to see each post was written in the moment.  Would you go back and proofread your own thoughts if you’re writing something just for you?

This journal is a daily account of the how she feels that day.  Whether is writer’s block, complete and utter hatred for winter, bouts of insomnia or total depressing thoughts which quite frankly made it a downer to read.  Seriously is winter that bad?  While she goes on in fits of hating people and her surroundings I was obviously still reading it for some reason.  As I sit all tough behind my screen judging her and her pathetic views of the inevitable weather I realized how effective this blog is.  Her authenticity brought to light, if I sat down and wrote daily thoughts that I privately keep in, the public would definitely see my dark side as well. 

Greygirlbeast does an awesome job keeping her blog real.  I found this differs slightly from Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl” because when Anne decides she wants her journal to be published she goes back into entries and makes notes that are from a later date.  Does she do this so it’s better understood by her when she had hoped to read it later, or to make it more understandable for her audience?

Both greygirlbeast and Anne Frank change their sign off.  Greygirlbeast went from nothing to “Aunt Beast” and Anne Frank from using only her first name to both first and last, sometimes even including her middle initial “Anne M. Frank”, why?  Does the change in identity when you are writing in a journal something you do for yourself, or how you want to be seen by your audience?  This poses the question, can you really ever write just for yourself when the public can see your words?


  1. Truthfully speaking if what we are writing will be for an audience to view and read then we have to be considerate of the fact that writing is not just for self. Unlike a dairy in which you no absolutely no one would have access to read unless given permission you could care less about how your words are put together. Your only concern when it comes to your private writing is getting out your feeling not correcting your grammar or lack of style thereof. However, when you know that your work will be viewed by others you tend to be more technical and weary about misspellings and such. I'm not saying that because we know our work will be viewed by others that we should lose our authentic voice but what I am stating is that it doesn't hurt to revised a few things if your writing requires it, without taking away the parts that makes it so unique or personal or eye catching, it is ok for changes to be done. So in conclusion yes you can write for self even when the public will see your words but you still have to keep your audience in mind.

    1. If you are keeping your audience in mind and being considerate of that audience, how much is non-fiction or maybe better said, an altered truth? What we haven’t done is define what an “authentic voice” truly is. Have you ever told someone to be real with you? I have and what I meant by it was to cut the shit. Telling them stop worrying about the social conventions and societal rules, spare feelings and tell me what you truly feel, no-holds-barred. When you start adding in reason and what’s acceptable, does that make it less authentic? Or are these all versions of our true self?

  2. An authentic voice means capturing the essence of how you think or talk. Someone who knows you well can read what you wrote and "hear" you. Writers who perfect the craft of developing a narrator's voice create a voice that resonates with readers; oddly, though, often we superimpose our own attributes to a fictional narrator. Do we do this with non-fiction too?