On Writing

When writing, whether we know it or not, we are constantly taking into account rhetoric–the audience, genre, and context of our writing. Personally, I have always thought that I have not considered my audience enough to sway the way that I write, but my blog posts have shown me otherwise. I subconsciously choose topics that relate to my life, but also the lives of my peers and classmates. I think that my blog posts are written for me and that I am free from the influence of others, but this is far from the truth. In Naming What We Know, the point is made that “writers are always connected to other people”. Whether it be an essay or even an email or blogpost, we are out to please or connect with someone or something. Looking past my writing content, I even choose pictures and titles that would grab my audience. I know that if someone sees a big blob of text without an interesting title or a cool picture attached to it that they would scroll without giving the piece a second look. Therefore, I have found myself not only unconsciously taking into account my audience, but also the design of my posts and blog forum. As I got more comfortable with my blog and creating posts, I realized that the purpose of my posts had changed. I was no longer just writing to fulfill the 3 post minimum for the month, I was writing to give advice, to get feedback, and to relate with my classmates. My writing theory, whether I knew it or not, changed completely as a result of the different rhetorical situations that would subconsciously alter my writing. After all, “writers are always doing the rhetorical work of addressing the needs and interests of a particular audience, even if unconsciously.”