Blogging as Art Form?

Blogging as Art Form?

One of the reasons why blogging has become so popular is because human beings hunger for art–not to view it but to produce it. People were made for self-expression. Brenda Ueland, an early 20th-century yowling creator who wrote what Carl Sandburg called “the best book ever written on how to write,” agrees. She said, “The imagination needs moodling–long, efficient, happy, idling, dawdling, and puttering.”

Sound like any blogs you know?

The more I read people’s blogs, the more I consider blogging as art form. The human need to create is the why we talk and why we draw. It’s why we create cultures and civilizations and all the abstracts and concrete forms they contain. Regardless of spiritual belief, practice, or absence thereof, people hunger to be known and to know others. When we can’t connect, we often create.

And these creations take the form of art…and blogs. Much like art, blogs can teach us, transform us, or make us think. They cause us to remember the past, ponder the present, or fuel ideas about the future. Just like paintings, novels, short stories, poems, plays, or movies, there are great blogs and not-so-great ones. But all are produced with the passion or purpose of their creator.

“The imagination needs moodling–long, efficient, happy, idling, dawdling, and puttering.” — Brenda Ueland

Some bloggers choose to inform, rant, rave, or just share their hope that someone might understand them. “It is the function of art to renew our perception,” said Anais Nin. “What we are familiar with, we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic we see a new meaning in it.” In much the same way, blogs scatter themselves across the cyber-canvas of today.

What do you think, as a yowling creator? Is blogging an art form?

10 Responses to “Blogging as Art Form?”

  1. Denise Razana says:

    I definitely think that blogging is a form of art. It can become a great hobby if one has the desire to do it and commit to it. I feel that it is a place where one can express all kinds of ideas and either get some great feedback by others who share the same interests or get some comments that you won’t agree with. Regardless of what you get, at least someone out there took the time to read what you had to say and that is what matters. It reminds me of the movie Julie and Julia, because I am a person that enjoys cooking, I found this movie to be of my liking. It is pretty much about a girl that put both her blogging hobby and cooking hobby into one and wrote about her experiences on following Julia child’s recipes. I believe that if you have both the time and the passion, a great blog could be well on it’s way!

    • Lisa Marie says:

      Thanks for your comment, Denise. I think you have insight regarding desire and commitment…so true. Do you blog? I haven’t seen Julie and Julia, but you’ve definitely piqued my curiosity!

  2. Denise Razana says:

    No I don’t blog, but it is something I’ve thought about for a long time. Also, I recommend that movie!

  3. Miguel A. Gutierrez says:

    Art form is defined in many ways. Someone once mentioned that art passes your head and goes to your heart. Art is not art until you get a response from an audience. What happens if you do not get a response from a blogger, does this means that your blog was not art? I think blogging is just another way to express yourself without being known unless you want to be known amongst other bloggers.

  4. Lisa Marie says:

    That’s a good question, Miguel. Am I a blogger if no one responds? Do you think it depends on the purpose of the blog?

  5. Denise Razana says:

    In my opinion, not always will someone respond and it’s not because you are not a good blogger. Maybe you just got a person to think on what you wrote and that more than enough. For example I plan to start a blog with Some of my creations, but I don’t expect feedback on everything…that shouldn’t discourage anyone not to blog!

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  7. Austin says:

    I agree that blogging is definitely an art form. When I went to Guatemala a few years ago I kept a blog of what was happening each day so friends and family back home could keep tabs on what was going on with us. This was also a very beneficial way to get my thoughts and beliefs out before I lost them. Every once in a while I will go back to this blog and see what I wrote and the different things that I learned on this incredible journey. I would suggest to anyone who is going on a missions trip to start a blog. They are fast, easy and there is sometimes nothing more beneficial.

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