Blogging and writing novels are two different forms of writing. Both can be fictional. Or both can be non fictional. Or one can be fictional and the other non fictional. It all depends upon which avenue the writer wish to go down or genre the author wish to write in.
I see many posts saying we can get to know a person by what they blog or write in their books. By large, I disagree. Yes, some people you can and some you can’t. It all depends on what the blogger or author is willing to reveal about themselves.
The reason I say we can’t fully get to know a person by their blog posts is everyone have different ranges of emotions throughout any given day. That one emotion doesn’t totally nor accurately depict who that person is. It can change from one minute to next minute. According to the situation or their surrounding at that moment. In my opinion, anyone who project one emotions post after post, same topic post after post, no variations, no treble, no emotional outburst. No changes or anything from day to day makes me start to wonder is a bot running that blog?
I learned in life people who display one steadfast emotion in everything they say and do is more likely hiding something they’re afraid will slip up if they change gears to change degrees. I think we call them Freudian slips. LOL!
To completely psychoanalyze someone from one or two posts does nothing for your attempt to get know them. Nor does it do the person or yourself any favors.
But of course if the subjects they writes are demeaning and harmful to others you know exactly what you are dealing with but otherwise it’s far more complex than a few posts or one book.
A real person operating a blog is going display various emotions. It’s human. There’s nothing wrong with that. Does the anger, sadness, humor they express at that moment dictates the total sum of who they are? Of course not. I’m sure they don’t go around like that all day. It doesn’t mean they are bi-polar either. It’s means they’re a normal, living human being. Everyone isn’t as emotional expressive as others but it doesn’t mean they don’t feel things.
Realistically, it’s difficult to operate in the real world with emotions on display 24/7. You can only afford this if you live a very sheltered life and never have to encounter the outside world.
Sure it’s cinematically entertaining to be able to live with all emotions open and free emotions exposed to the world at all times. That we can be as hero or heroine in an epic movie or book. That’s a nice dream. But the truth is, in reality it cause more harm than good.
Humans are very complex beings. It’s best to try and learn a person basic core concept rather than try to speculate the sum of who they are. Their core will surface periodically if you know what to look for. 🙂
Writers are some of the most complex and creative people you will ever meet. You will drive your mad trying to figure us out. 😉