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May 26, 2004

The Obvious

Gary Turner is writing the obvious: "it's an identity crisis that ... has been surfaced and exacerbated by my recent spate of meetings. In short, my blog self is not my entire self". Yes, well. I'm very much aware of the same thing. I think I've already said this several times here: Don't even think for a second that if you meet me in real life I'm anything like the persona that emerges from this weblog.

I don't think that's a problem though, even though there are several people in the blogosphere (some of whom I've already met in real life) towards whom I'd rather be the real me rather than the voice that writes The Aardvark Speaks, and that's basically because what I write is written with much less emotion than what I feel for them. Only I would never show that amount of emotion in a public performance such as this website.

I think the basic point that made Gary stop writing his weblog is this one: "I have no motivation to continue this" I'm not sure why he feels that way, but it is true that meeting real people makes a lot of what you're writing online for an anonymous audience seem hollow.

And it's true to a certain extent, because you can be a lot more profound if you're sharing a table with a real person rather than a weblog with a couple of anonymous readers. Like I said here only a short while ago, I realise I'm writing stuff like this for a couple of people I've met personally, but I'd much rather meet them in person, be it to get drunk together or to experience wonderful things, or whatever. I'm sick of virtuality. I want the real thing.

I said this once to another blogger I met in person: virtual acquaintances are just that — virtual. They're not really real. You can think you have a bond with people you meet online, but real bonds only grow in real life.

I like to see weblogs as an extension to real life. They should never be an alternative life. If you ever feel that you live in the alternative life, get out and talk to real people. I'm not sure just what exactly Gary felt, but I find myself becoming very aware of the clash between the real world and the virtual world I inhabit sometimes.

And whenever I start thinking about it I always find that it's always the real people that really matter. Even if you initially met them via a weblog.

Posted by Horst on May 26, 2004 09:02 PM to metablogging | Tell-a-friend
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Niek Hockx said on May 27, 2004 02:12 AM:

The amount of spontaneous comments on this post is really overwhelming, huh? ;-)

dieter said on May 27, 2004 08:59 AM:

@ Niek. Well, I read the posting, and I was immediately incited to comment on it. However, I am rather prone to confirming Horst's position, since I am a figure from his real life. Generally, I totally agree that virtual life can never replace the real thing, but I have come to considering it a welcome extension of my life.

Horst said on May 27, 2004 09:53 AM:

For some reason there are never any comments whenever I have the feeling that I wrote something really profound.

Okay, so my feeling of profoundness about this specific posting may come from the fact that I was slightly drunk when I wrote it, but still -- my Eurovision was really fluffy, and it got 15 comments.

On the other hand, it may have been so profound that there's no point arguing about it... ;-)

Georg said on May 27, 2004 10:36 AM:

The post is quite interesting. As a newcomer, I'm trying to learn from it, if the self-link may be excused.

arved said on May 27, 2004 12:19 PM:

So writing a blog for you is like acting on stage?
And your blog is not really the diary of Horst, but more like an autobiographical play written by Horst?

An interesting idea to keep in mind when reading your future blog entries. "Was this entry written by the "real" Horst or his Internet-alterego?"

Horst said on May 27, 2004 09:24 PM:

arved: According to Austrian copyright law, an Internet web page is legally a "public performance". And of course all entries are written by my online persona. Which is not to say that they're not to some extent true. It's just that my real life revolves around lots of other things as well. And I admit that not everything I write is actually true. Read the disclaimer at the bottom of the page.

laura said on June 2, 2004 07:07 AM:

Hi! Glad to see there are still interesting posts on this site.

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