The whole concept of having a public audience versus a friendly, informal, familiar one of friends and classmates in the blogosphere wholly impacts how people speak. Tone and diction revolve around this dilemma. I know for a fact that I had a tendency to use cliches, broader examples, and speech that definitely wasn’t my true voice in preliminary blog posts for the sake of universal connection and understanding. If from the start this was a tutoring blog of just my peers and I, there would be jokes, quotes, memes, and much more in depth debate simply because we could talk literally talk out questions and disagreements. However, within a public arena, postings are made more professional, clever, and well-rounded. People in a public forum, especially in a collaborative one like this blog, don’t exactly banter back and forth from opposite sides of the fence. Rather, bloggers build on each other’s ideas and build more comfortable tones and diction as time passes.
As time went and and we all got to know each other , I think we all felt more comfortable expressing our true selves on the blog. I think that, even if you read the titles of posts or look at the multimodal components of them, you’ll find the the quirkiness and frankness increases with time.
In short, bloggers in the public arena go from F is for Friends who discuss politely in universal, watery language to F is for Friends who “do stuff together” (collaborate, be open, show true opinions and quirks).