Diane‘s analysis of diet blogs (Feb 25) says a lot about blogs and narrative in general. Perhaps blogs require a narrative of change: “Once you’re no longer fitting into the category of “on a diet,” which has a built-in narrative structure, it can be hard to find a satisfying new story to tell yourself about who you are.” Perhaps life does. Or perhaps it’s simply the project blog (1, 2, 3), the makeover blog that requires change, whereas other blogs can be told from a position of stasis.
Now I’m done with the PhD, which certainly used to be a major thread in the narrative of this blog, is my blog less about change and progress, or have I merely substituted other goals and adventures? My “This season on Jill/txt” suggests the latter, a need for plot.