Throwback Thursday: Are Blogs the New Journals?
July 31, 2014 § Leave a comment
In April 2013, Nichole Bernier’s novel The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D told the story of two women, one revealed entirely through her journals, found after her death. A reader asked her, with the current popularity of blogs, weren’t journals a bit dated?
In Writer’s Digest, Bernier responded:
Certainly blogs have become enormously popular: personal and professional blogs, hobbyist blogs, blogs about illness, health and parenting. But have they taken the place of writing people used to keep for themselves privately? In this age of everyone trying to have their platform, are blogs to journals what banks are to money that used to be hidden in mattresses?
In a thought-provoking article, she discusses blogs, journals, first-person essays and the public and private faces of self-expression.