This is one of those crazy days when I try to figure out the writing and blogging game. My thoughts on this topic are the product of boredom.
I decided to chase my dream of broadcast journalism because everyday offered a new adventure. There is no such thing as “sameness” in journalism.
How exciting. Every story is uniquely spawned by a constantly changing world.
My task is to use my imagination and journalistic skills to capture each “fleeting” story produced by this constantly changing world. In such a setting, boredom is impossible—at least, that’s what I thought.
Now, I am beginning to think, “Maybe the real world is not so exciting, after all. Maybe the four walls of my journalism classroom is a prison, not a learning lab.”
The weekly blog assignment reflects my view of journalism class as a writing prison.
Initially, I loved the idea of writing a weekly blog. I salivated over the idea of commenting on relevant and important issues. My heart pounded over the notion of having people read and respond to my viewpoints.
I couldn’t wait. At last, I would have the freedom to explore my ideas and develop my writing skills.
Last week, I was told to stay on point—“this blog is not about your everyday experiences.” Ok, I get it. There are different genres of blogs, and this class is about journalistic or news blogs that should focus on newsworthy journalism topics. Be creative on these issues. Stay within the box.
This journalism class mirrors my experience with the writing department at UB. You are urged to be creative, but that you must stay within the classroom structure and write about specific issues. Thus, your “creativity” is embedded in a “non-creative” environment.
Can a musician be artistic if he or she is told how to express their music? The bottom line is that I don’t want to write about “writing.” I don’t want to blog about “blogging.”
At the same time, when I sit passion aside, I realize there is another side to the coin. If you think of the “box’ as the fundamentals of writing, its structure and style, and the place where you master the tools needed to be truly creative, then the issue appears different.
The bottom line is that I am being taught how to write, and this means learning how to function in a box. In essence, before I can function outside the box, I must learn how to operate inside box
There are many different types of blogs—political blogs, travel blogs, education blogs, fashion blogs, sports blogs, and news blogs. The writing style for each blogs differs, as does its content.
In any sport, before you can become creative, you have to learn the play or the fundamentals in that sport. Before you can add “creativity” to a dance, you must first learn the proper steps of that dance.
The moral of this blog is that you must first learn the basics of the box, before you can step outside the box. In the meantime, I have to learn how to handle the boredom and hope my professor forgives me for this final personal blog.