Bloggercon: Emotional Life

This was one of my favorite sessions—a small group really talking. Julie Leung was the ideal leader.
What kinds of things when you write are you choosing not to put on?
What are you hiding or protecting? Or are you pretending?
Can you blog when you are feeling angry or depressed? What’s the reaction or response?And what’s it like when you read and enter into someone else’s crisis?
Also, how about the connections that we make in the blogosphere?
Blogging is about sharing stories—we have the opportunity and the creativity to be expressive.
Julie: Chip Gibbons is another blogger on my island–Jay McCarthy linked to both of us and I realized we lived in the same place, but we never would have met otherwise.
A recent story that Julie tells: On Bainbridge Island, the kids go out at night and do crazy things–this summer some kids were racing and there was an accident and one died. I have been writing and thinking about this.
Susan Kitchen: When it comes to what is public and private, I have several different ways of censoring–what I don’t want to talk about often concerns others who have privacy issues.
Lisa Williams: I also have things that I don’t write about, but that makes it a better blog as a tool. I spent a lit of time in my paper journal complaining about other people, I have a statement of principals on my web site that are rules for me., The #1 one is kindness.
My blog is a backup of the part of me that can be saved. The average person is gone and we don’t even know what their name was—blogs open voices to more people.
Paul: Blogs are so important cause you get feelings from people that you don’t get in magazines and television. Video is where feelings come out and people can express things they can express without words. I think that the Internet is going to drive more emotional attachments–it’s a space where getting to know people seems possible.
Mia: By having a moblog, I’ve been forced to come out as who I really am, even at the office. It’s been very liberating.
Jerry Michalski : I am interested in what causes change at every different level and wonder what causes a human being to soften up enough to consider changing an assumption or belief. One lever is crisis; the other is familiarity or connection. Do the qualities of Quaker meetings etc carry over into the blogosphere? I don’t use blogs much, but I like wikis and The Brain–the process of a group trying to build a good wiki is a magical thing. On one hand blogs may be helping us connect; on the other hand they make us more separate.
One of my goals is to document how process such as Scott Peck’s Community Building and/or David Bohm dialogue can be moved online.
Shimon Rura : How do we make individuals consider change? Blogs make it easy to develop a discipline that fosters change through shame–i.e., you don’t want to write things that you would be ashamed of or have trouble defending.
Frank Tansey: I resisted pithy posts from the beginning–I added a word count display to monitor how long my posts are…
Enoch Choi: Being a medical weblogger, this issue comes up because you can’t share information about a patient–so I personalize my own experience.
Sylvia Paull: Get out, there is no privacy anymore. Blogs allow us to erase the distinction between private and public lives.
Jerry: When we blog we care enough to show people we are setting up a residence in the world.
Shua: Blogging is a system of listening. A brilliant post can get links from lots of places–they are artifacts of listening.
Note: These quotes are paraphrased; any changes needed, please contact me.