Blogs Bog Us Down

Dervla Murphy was (and is) one of the most acclaimed travel writers of our time. Her work has even influenced Paul Theroux, the editor of several Best American Travel Writing anthologies.

And she believes that blogging is doing the opposite of what people say it does.

She recalls a time in Jaffa. She was staying in a hostel, with the typical backpacking crowd fell in  with her and other “white hair” people like herself.

Where she remembered this common space as a place of conversation, of shared experiences and addresses and contact information, writers of our age would remember this: free wifi.

She says that although blogging supposedly “opens up the world” to people, she really just sees writers and bloggers digitally maintain their original space while displacing themselves only physically.

Of course, this is from a writer who is already well-versed in publishing. She has agents and publishers at her disposal after decades of hard work.

But if she had to do it all over again, she says she would take the traditional route.


2 thoughts on “Blogs Bog Us Down

  1. daydreambeliever95 March 5, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    It was interesting getting to see a negative view of blogging. I can certainly see where Murphy was coming from; it is like the professional version of seeing a group of people sitting at a table together, all texting and not speaking. I suppose in an ideal world, we would find some perfect balance between the two. But I would say that currently, we will just have to weigh the pros and cons of both systems, and try to walk the line of that ideal balance as well as we can.


  2. Jasmine Ly March 9, 2015 / 11:13 pm

    I feel like the debate between technology lovers and technology haters is pretty cleanly divided between a generational edge. It’s always us Millennials, standing on the peak of Machu Picchu, spending 2 hours framing that perfect Instagram shot instead of taking in the sights. But I really don’t think technology, including blogging, has done as great a damage as so many claim. I would think that, especially in a field like travel blogging, blogs had become a useful tool for documenting travel in an online space, connecting with other writers traveling to similar places, and increasing tourism in places one wouldn’t normally find in an airport brochure. Maybe those who dislike blogging are just upset that the mystery that once shrouded their travels no longer exists because of the increased documentation of a more technological age. Of course, I’m not an expert on travel writing, and my side of this technology battle is permeated with Millennial/Internet/social media bias (brainwashing?) Nevertheless, it’s a very tricky debate.


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