It’s quite literally the 11th hour here, but I want to get a quick plug in for my fellow bloggers and others to join in on DigiWriMo, or Digital Writing Month, the web-based writing initiative that encourages writers to produce 50,000 “digital” words during the month of November, piggybacking off of NaNoWriMo, the national novel writing initiative.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, you should definitely check out this interview with the founders, Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris, of Marylhurst University. The first time I read this interview, I was particularly taken by one of Jesse’s comments: “What the Internet lacks in depth it makes up for it by having a good deal more surface. Digital writing harnesses this broad surface by emphasizing collaboration, networks, and communal context.” I like the direction of thought here, and the corresponding implications that make DigiWriMo such a compelling project. 50,000 words in a month boils down to something like 1,500 words a day…and when that gets spread across the internet, across Storify, Twitter, ScoopIt, Tumbler, blogs, and wherever else you choose to participate, it quickly becomes evident that many of us are actually probably fulfilling that quota already. In that case, DigiWriMo becomes an exercise in drawing attention to the places and spaces we choose to write in, often without even stopping to think. Will I count Facebook? Perhaps…if I produce work there that I feel worthy of contributing to the word count…and if that’s going to be the case, it will mean rethinking the way I use / interact with about Facebook. What other outlets can I locate and use?
This notion of digital writing as gliding across surfaces is very intriguing, to say the least, as it invites one to consider what it might mean to pause in writing across that surface, to sink below the veneer and explore the depth of the event of digital writing itself. A sustained blog series dedicated to exploring a single central theme pertaining to digital writing, a meta-blog of sorts? An journalistic explication of one’s own motivations and goals are in participating in such a project? A “vanishing horizon”-esque series of blog posts, Storify features, Pintrest graphs, etc., each providing a reflection of the previous exercise in its own unique way? I really have no answer, and I’m not sure that I’ll locate one, but I’m looking forward to trying!