RAISON DE BLOG
Sounds like "raisin' the roof." Ok, only a little.
Everyone's so contemplative this week! Here's an article from this week's Jewish Week about "The New Diarists." (That's us, bloggers, just to clarify.)
Personally, I think blogging's more than just journal entries. The anonymous confessional component is certainly a formidable one, but I think it's a combination of lots of other factors/conditions: reaction to repression, self-publishing for writers of all types, histrionic need for the attention of others, creating a community of the like-minded, stirring up passions and opinions, reaching people across cultural, language and religious divides, etc.
Emily Dickinson said that the soul selects its own society. IMHO, blogging is an illustration of that societal selection. We put ourselves out there, seek out others who share our views or who appreciate our perspectives, and find ourselves a virtual society, meeting friends and sometimes lovers in a new way, getting to know them from the inside out. It's really an amazingly powerful medium...
[After preaching to the choir, Esther bows modestly, and yields the podium to the people. Then, her society speaks.]