I was asked to consider this question:
Describe one of your own creative works and what you accomplished with it – then become your own critic and find out what you could have done better.
I looked at this question for some time, as I do not normally consider myself the most creative person. Knowing this is probably not the case, I am thinking about how I am often creative in my academic research, my professional work in instructional design and organizational consulting, my teaching, and here on my blog, the one public outlet for my creativity.
I suppose one creative work is this very blog, as it has been ongoing since my first post on December 7, 2006. Hundreds of posts later, with my daily Tweets captured here as well, I can say that I am still capturing my daily thoughts and feelings and interests and sharing them with anybody and everybody online, whether they are interested in them or not. This blog becomes fertile ground for my experiment in reflective practice.
What can (could) I (have) do (done) better? I can censor myself less by writing in a manner that more closely resembles my spoken voice. There is little that is not public, and maintaining a personal blog is one way to own my (virtual) identity. I should probably write in my own voice more, as others who do so are quite refreshing. I think Twitter is helping with this. Restated a positive way, I can be more authentic and self-identified. Perhaps that is exactly what I am attempting with all the writing about liveblogging I have been doing? Perhaps that is why liveblogging is my next area of formal research? Perhaps autoethnographically studying my liveblogging I will learn something about media-supported live expression and self-narrative?
And I thought this question would be difficult to answer!
2 thoughts on “Blogging as Creative Expression”
Got to your blog via some Twitter in academe links. As someone writing a dissertation that utilizes autoethnographic methods to look at the post-Katrina blogosphere, i totally get your point about the struggle to write/research and be authentic. Look forward to reading more posts on your liveblogging studies!
Daisy, thank you for the feedback. One never knows how or when people review our online work, either privately or publicly, and that becomes one of the considerations with blogging. Can you speak more about your research and use of autoethnography?