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Every possible personal oddity imaginable is confessed over these thousands of blogs. Their readers reply by sympathizing, agreeing, respectfully disagreeing, or reciprocating the confession by relating their own moment of weakness or sin... the use of confession rhetorically...enables the speaker to contribute to and become part of the community of bloggers...by subverting the power structure...—confession does not result in discipline, judgment, or punishment—it engages the reader through further confession, agreement, dissent, or even non sequitur discourse. In short, the confessions result in fostering community through interaction, no matter what the tenor of that interaction might be, because the confession appeals to the reader in a way that persuades the reader to respond. (19)
As a report by Krayewski, on the study entitled "Why Y Women?", explains that the rising generation, Gen Y, women were "found to be more influenced by blogs – those written by professionals, as well as those written by people with whom the women can identify." This growing influence of blogs on the rising generation corresponds to the increase in usage of social media networks that allow people to share opinions, information, and gossip, whether it be anonymously or not. Morrison says, "the emotional outlet offered by blogging provides a release unavailable elsewhere" (Morrison 41). This also relates to the growing popularity of the internet as a medium for emotional purges, as the generation Y has come to depend on the technology. And because of the confession aspect of blogs and the reader's motives for reading blogs, a personal bond between the author and reader becomes stronger, which increases the influence the author has as the reader develops trust in the writer.
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Meagan Francis, referring to falsely positive blogs, says: "There's always a downside to seeking all that beauty and possibility. When you're drawn to inspiring writing and inspiring people, it's easy to start wondering if you're really good enough, just they way you are..." She says she was influenced by the blogs to feel inadequate. But, she goes on to relate how she "started to realize that a whole lot of [bloggers] weren't exactly the people [she] had wanted to believe they were. You know. Perfect." Francis's experience expresses that the blog could not maintain persuasive power over her because she realized that it lacked all of the frustrating aspects of motherhood, the side of motherhood that would not be described as perfect. Another blogger, Allison, describes her situation as a mother, portraying the gratifying role she plays, without camouflaging any unpleasant details:
Motherhood is a multifaceted job – much like a gemstone that you hold in your hand turning in the light watching the angles and corners and surfaces glimmer and shine different, unexpected ways, only with more poop. As a mom I’m both hero and villain. I’m playmate and disciplinarian, teacher and student, and a bunch of other less glamorous things like...insomniac, bathroom coach...I have more roles than I can list because new ones arise every day. Am I an expert nail cutter, splinter-getter-outer? I am now. And, as a feather in my lovely mom-cap, as one last sexy thing I do, I plunge toilets. Often.
Mommy Blogging." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quartely 34.1 (2011): 37-55.