I was sitting in English today – the last lesson of the day – and sir was running through exam technique, as you do, mixed with his amazing lectures about life and society. As you can tell, I have a LOT of respect for him.
I’m not sure how it works in your guys’ schools – whatever country you live in – but for us, we do a lot of practice exam papers. He set us a language paper, just the first question – we’ll do the rest later on. Questions 1 to 4 are your comprehension questions, and questions 5 and 6 are writing pieces, and he was just casually mentioning them, until he got to THIS part.
“Okay, question 5: write a post on your online blog about a situation where you felt uncertain or confused.”
Me being Elm, and SO bad at controlling my reactions – I BURST out laughing and couldn’t stop, and I laughed so hard I nearly cried. Wren and Red, who know about this blog (hiiii you two), and who sit next to me and behind me respectively, joined in with my laughter.
I think I found it so incredibly funny because to me, blogging isn’t like that. I asked sir how formal we had to be when we did questions like that, and he said “I’d be relatively formal – don’t be chatty.”
If you’re a blogger like me – and by that, I mean you write about your life, informally, and TALK to your readers – I’d find it pretty difficult to do something like that. To me, blogging is linked to friendship and love and thoughts, expressed to people who can read it, rather than an examiner.
I don’t think people can understand what blogging means, unless they have a blog. It means different things to different people, and people WRITE differently, so to try and define a blog would be pointless. For some, it’s a way to get their work out there; for others, it’s to get their thoughts out. Perhaps I’m just being pretentious.
I think I found it funny because I HavAVE a blog, and so many people don’t know that. They don’t know this side of me because I haven’t showed it to them, and have no intention of doing so. I’m part of a world that people might not understand, and they might brush it off – “OH! It’s just a blog!”
I’m finding it difficult to articulate my thoughts. Blogging’s such a wide and diverse area, and to write a blog post for an exam just feels… Wrong.
I can write formally, but it doesn’t seem like it’s me, when you link it to blogging. I suppose I have to keep it separated.
It’s weird to think that my friends on here, who have blogs, are all also doing things all over the world, and it’s strange to think there are SO MANY people out there who think of the word “blog” as personal to them.
Has someone ever mentioned blogging in real life to you, and what did you think when they did?
Oh, my GOD, I sound like such an arrogant shit! (See, I also swear here UGH).
From Elm 🙂