Matt Kirschenbaum explains Why I Blog Under My Own Name (and a Modest Proposal) (via).
The overall message: blogging can have great benefits if done properly.
My fingers itched to put scare quotes around the word properly. But really, I’m not being disrespectful.
Here’s what I’m chewing on. Properly, I think for MGK, means professionally. It means talking about your research, research that is in various stages of progress. Other stuff: politics, current events, and “midnight anxieties”–off limits.
And I respect this. I have enormous respect for this, esp in light of his blog living on his public U’s server.
(Pick your comparative transition), this to me feels patriarchal. Or masculinist. Forgive me while I spew out some terms I’m literally wrestling with. All of those things that have been traditionally marked (indicted) as feminine: the emotion, the daily living, the embodiment of the writer and hir experience is rendered useless. None if it has a place in/on the medium, or genre.
The line between public and private is a gendered one? I don’t think I’m that far afield. In fact, that’s somewhere in what I’m reading for exams. Somewhere.