Something I am struggling with in relation to blogging is the question of voice. What ‘voice’ should I use when I create these posts that potentially anyone in the world could see? Am I writing as myself, full of wit, sarcasm, and run on sentences? Or should I be taking a more professional approach to writing in such an open audience- you know, just in case? Who is my audience, and who am I when I begin typing into my blog post? Student, teacher, self?
Obviously it’s up to me to decide what tone and level of professionalism I take on through my writing. But I am finding it more of a struggle than it should be. I get so caught up with this that I am paralyzed when I attempt to begin a new post. And why is that? I believe a lot of it stems from the fact that I am a pre-teacher. As a pre-teacher, it has been drilled into my being that I am entering a field where I will be held to a higher degree of professionalism. I must always act professionally, whether at school, at the local restaurant, or online, because I am always being judged. This feels like a daunting task- especially because I like to be silly, I like to joke, and yes sometimes I even say and do things before thinking them through. But should you judge me for this? As far as I know, this is what it means to be human. One cannot always be perfectly professional. But from the sense I get entering the teacher profession, this is what is expected. Was it always this way? Or is this the heightened need for accountability leeching out past the classroom into our everyday lives?
Ok, now back to the point about blogging as a pre-teacher. I have spent almost as much time going back into my previously written posts and editing them so as to sound more professional, and better thought out, as I have spent time creating new posts. Is this true blogging?
And that brings up a new question, what does it mean for the writing itself if I am always able to edit it? Does it loose or gain value in its fluidity?