“Blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.”
Though Mr. Sullivan is a blogger and a writer, I cannot understand his analogy between extreme sports and blogging, or writing and athletics.
The second part of his statement is however correct that blogging is less formal, more alive, and spontaneous.
Formal writing be it in form of a novel, poetry book or an informative book requires a different approach than blogging. It needs a format to be followed and some parameters that need to be adhered to.
While in blogging when we “ write out loud” we write as we think. It’s a spontaneous process where most of us edit after we have finished writing our posts. There is no limit to the topics/subjects we write on and neither is there a need to limit our views.
In conclusion, I’d say that blogging is mainly a medium of self-expression and is very different from formal writing. We can, and many have complied books out of blog posts but it needs extensive editing for that compilation to read like a book and not a bunch of posts. Poems, however are easier to convert into a book form.
Written for Blogging Insights-NF # 40, hosted by Tanya