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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Blog (10/20/11)

TITLE: Piercing the Real World
By Theresa Santy


I am no different from any other blogger, except that Iím a fictional character. My blog is my diary. Twice a week I pour out my heart and soul and post this mess online, where twenty-three Google followers sop it up. I write about thoughts that make me laugh, and about people who make me cry. I am witty, deep, careless, mindful, obnoxious, or charming, depending on my mood. Writing the journal enables me to navigate my thoughts. Writing these journals in the form of a blog allows me to pierce the real world in ways most fictional characters have never known.

My blog was reviewed early on by a man Iíll call Dusty. Dusty and I had no prior connection, except that he had an affection for blog fiction. Dusty said he liked my story and would have given me a better score if there hadnít been so much excruciating detail. Excruciating, heíd said. Iíd be lying if I said it didnít hurt my ego to think this man was somehow dying inside by having to read the details of my life. Then I thought of an old co-worker. One flick of eye contact with this woman and you were stuck listening to a thirty minute lecture about the difficulties of opening a pickle jar. The woman was a chatterbox and everyone avoided her. I now understand the importance of eliminating insufferable detail from my blog entries.

I was blessed with another review from someone Iíll call Growler. This critic liked the concept of a fictional character posting her story live, and on a blog. But he said the flow of my posts lacked momentum, and ďthough events have impact, they are of the dryer lint variety, mundane occurrences without much narrative tension.Ē Dryer lint. That hurt worse than excruciating. With bile rising up in my stomach I realized the man was right. Moment-by-moment accounts of peopleís lives arenít riveting, unless the person is Anne Frank, or the person James Frey thought he was, so now I try to write only that which propels my story forward. As much as I hate to admit it, Growler had helped me improve as a blogger. Still, I was hurt by the dryer lint comment and felt compelled to respond. In his review, Growler repeatedly called me Karen. My name is Kristen. Itís in the blog title for Peteís sake. I would have let it slide, except that Growler commented my writing ďlacked editorial oversight and it showed.Ē So I posted a response, in character, thanking him for his review, admitting my lack of editorial oversight, and mentioning oh, by the way, my name is Kristen, not Karen. Iím not proud of this moment but it is now a permanent digital tattoo that I cannot remove.

Iíve connected with interesting people along the way, some of them fictional, some of them not. Fake Steve Ballmer has left several comments. Sadly, his blog is no longer active. I imagine the real Steve Ballmer had something to do with that. I once received an email from a real life author. He was delighted to see his book listed on the sidebar of my blog, and he sent me a pleasant email with encouraging sentiment. Then thereís Caddie. We became friends the moment she left her first comment. Caddie is fictional like me, but she is the most real person Iíve ever met. We comment unceasingly on each otherís blogs. We talk, cry, and laugh, and twice our stories have intersected as we have come face-to-face.

I started the blog at the urging of my therapist, who insisted the journaling would help me understand my emotions. What I got was so much more. I experienced life in the present time. I pierced the real world in ways I could never have imagined from inside the pages of a paper book. Iíve grown in character, faced my past, and snagged the man of my dreams. Iíve learned how to express myself more clearly. Most profoundly, my spiritual search has come to a resounding discovery of Jesus Christ, whom I now call my Lord and Savior. I would not dare retrieve one ounce of the blood and tears Iíve poured into my blog. It has been well worth the time.

*The preceding is a true story about a fictional character.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/03/11
This is really creative. I enjoyed the parallels between Kristen's world and the FW challenge. I leave many comments and always have good intentions but have inadvertently hurt some feelings. This story gives me the strength to keep on commenting. It is a quite timely message.
Margaret McKinney11/03/11
Such a completely different take on blogging! I love this character and how she relates to us as writers. I think it would be awesome to meet her in real life.
Noel Mitaxa 11/07/11
Thanks for your feeling and your clarity in this entry.
Tracy Nunes 11/08/11
I LOVED this! Your take was unique and your content was painfully relatable for anyone who has a blog. Very well written.
C D Swanson 11/09/11
Wow- powerful and a brilliant entry. I loved it. Nice job of bringing the character of a "traditional blogger" to light. God Bless~
Leola Ogle 11/09/11
I loved the mention that the therapist thought journaling would help the MC understand her emotions. I always loved journaling and keeping a diary, but those are so much more personal than blogging. Great job! God bless!
Edmond Ng 11/14/11
I enjoy this piece very much because I've personally experienced it myself. I still maintain a blog using a fictional character which I seldom update these days except when I need to express my feelings or pain to the world without having them to know who I am. At times, I would also write at this blog things I observed or happening around me which I think should be sounded out.

Blogs have a way of bringing various types of people commenting and feeding back, some to hurt, others to console or encourage. My prayer is through all these activities, we will find healing to our hearts when hurting and happiness in sharing joy to the world.

Thanks for sharing this. God bless.