I blog because I have to express myself. When I write my articles for work, I’m always talking about another subject, so I can’t share my ideas or concerns.
Of course I also like it that I’m meeting these people, and I’m being challenged to think of those other than myself. Through journalism, I am learning how to connect with another person in an instant, how to understand that person, and how to capture that person’s spirit and character in my article. I love doing all that, but I also have to find an outlet for all the other things that pop into my head.
I blog because this is where I can experiment. I also experiment when I am writing my articles, but as Betsy Westendorp describes portraits, “There is still a slavery to the likeness.” That’s what I feel when trying to capture an interviewee on paper. Again, I love interviewing people. Don’t get me wrong. But articles are not where you can fully experiment because there is information you have to relay, there is the audience that your newspaper caters to, and there is the person that you have to capture, so you have to prioritize those things over random experimentation. So what I want to do is use my blog as testing ground, then if my experiments are successful, I can infuse them into my articles.
Blogging is a good way to practice writing. When I said this to my friend, he asked, “Hindi ka ba napapractice kapag nagsusulat ka ng articles?” Yes and no. Writing an article is still writing, so I do get to practice, but I don’t get to practice in a completely free way. Practicing freedom, being brave enough to write anything, even the shittiest sentence, will expand the writer’s mind. Instead of thinking Oh I don’t want to write that. Maybe people will hate that, you just create, and maybe you’ll discover something interesting.
When I write my articles, I have to “produce” something good. When I write here, that pressure isn’t present. If I write something bad, I can always say, heck, it’s a blog. That freedom feels great because I’m not afraid to say exactly what’s on my mind.
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