Is the Internet Permanent?

It is, so why does something you’ve created in print feel more real than online? Is it because a book has more weight and tactile appeal, or is it our framework that tells us that books are more lasting than digital? The reverse may actually be true.

I don’t smoke, but there’s an analogy to blogging: for as much as it feels good to blog, I can’t remember one post I’ve written over another. Like a cigarette, there’s rarely one that stands out in memory. Instead, I do it for the feeling I get from it, and that’s what makes it real.

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William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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7 Responses to Is the Internet Permanent?

  1. You make a very good point and great analogy – the immediacy of feeling for the writer (and the reader) seems fleeting with a blog post. A book requires a longer relationship, more investment of emotion and time, and as a result, tends to leave a more lasting impression. Although I’ve read books that barely make a dent in my memory as well.

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    • pinklightsabre says:

      Thank you Michelle. It’s really cool when a thought gets extended further, becomes a kind of conversation this way. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I thought I had replied to this but it appears not! – Bill

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  2. lyndzeerae27 says:

    Love this post, you are so right!!!!

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  3. walt walker says:

    Oh no, not for me. I remember all my posts. But I only post once a week, and I work on each one for hours. And I go back and reread them sometimes. I like to reread my own writing, which may be weird, but I do. It’s encouraging when I return to it with fresh eyes and think “hey, this doesn’t suck!”

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    • pinklightsabre says:

      If it’s weird to reread your post sometimes for encouragement, count me in on that too. I’m a different person from when I read this, but still the same — which is nice to be reminded of, through the blog medium. I also like letting them go so I can keep looking forward, and for me, I try to not spend more than half an hour per post. But I do like working up ideas, and writing them out longhand first, so I guess that counts as billable hours too.

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