There's a new documentary called American Blogger. One would think that American Blogger would be about a cross-section of people and a cross-section of life and a cross-section of blogs.
"I imagine that a lot of these girls will send this movie to their dads, like 'Hey dad, you wonder what I do, you never really understand what I do, or why I love doing it but watch this movie, you're gonna see by the end of the movie why I love blogging,'" Wiegand speculates. "I kinda wanted it to be a mouthpiece for them.
My vagina makes me incapable of explaining things. Thanks to Obamacare that's no longer a preexisting condition.— Nina Bargiel (@slackmistress)April 10, 2014
There are mostly white ladies in the film because, as Wiegand continues:
"I’m a documentarian. I see myself as a journalist. I can’t force something that’s not there," Wiegand explains. "I just film what is presented to me."
Because everyone knows the first rule of journalism is: question nothing.
A big part of blogging is unpacking experiences. We don't report like the omniscient narrator spouting facts, but we draw you into bits and pieces of our world, and in doing so, sometimes figure out a small portion of what we do and how we do it. While microblogging - like Twitter and Instagram - give us the ability to show you what we're doing right now - blogging is still like the dinosaur newspaper (I would read the crap out of the Triceratops Times) where there's space between when it happened and when we're telling you about it.
That space is the reflection. That space is the time to think about what it means, how it fits, what we learned, even if it's about how to be a better Peeping Tom or what happens when your husband farts on a Virgin America flight.
Wiegand could have used the time during the editing process to look back over his footage and ask himself why his cast was so white? He could have asked why does blogging, which has the possibility to open up the world to new experiences and new people, draw us back into a reflection of our own?
The only reflection we get, though, is his own:
"I want to validate these bloggers," he says.
Because in the millions of words typed and blog posts shared on the Internet every day, it doesn't mean anything unless there's a white dude to validate it.
Super disappointed to discover that #AmericanBlogger isn't about bloggers having sex with pie. :(— Nina Bargiel (@slackmistress)April 9, 2014