You better believe it, we love to blog. Or at least we like to put ourselves out there. At times I wonder if this is a good thing or not. Personally I started blogging to voice my dissatisfaction with the 2004 election and as an opportunity to work on my writing skills. Since then I’ve learned so much via this fantastic medium. While I think blogging is one of the coolest things I’ve discovered in the past five years or so, others may disagree. Where there’s good; one can also find bad.
- meet new people
- instant support group
- learn new things
- virtual eavesdropping
- easier than creating your own website
- create your own online persona
- unnecessary to send out emails with updates on your life
- false sense of security/trust
- time spent reading/commenting/composing posts
- those who don’t blog rarely understand why you blog
- habit forming
- malicious attacks from vengeful bloggers
- little legal recourse due to the newness of blogging
I touched on the topic of blogging last week when I solicited your feedback on the type of blog I maintain. I think it’s interesting to see how blogging has changed since I started. I’ve seen a fair amount of weird stuff in the world of blogging. I’ve read about people dating other bloggers, meeting up with bloggers while traveling, and there’s even this one guy who was gifted a Wii by his beloved readers. Sadly you also have bloggers who enjoy antagonizing others by stealing their posts and/or photos then claiming them as their own or tweaking the photos in hurtful ways.
What is the status of blogging? Can we look into a crystal ball and predict if blogs will be around 5-10 years from now? I sure hope they will be. Where else can I sit down in front of the computer, type out my thoughts, click Publish, and then people around the world can read it? It’s a pretty remarkable tool if you really think about it.
The networking aspect is really what enhances the experience for me. Without the networking, I don’t think I would derive the same amount of joy. My chances to meet new people are sort of limited at this stage of my life (married with a child) thus why blogging is so great. You read a blog you identify with, you get curious about the author, and you read more and more about them. Eventually it’s possible for someone you’ve never met in the flesh to gain the title of "friend". How does this happen? This is perhaps the biggest stumbling block for those who don’t blog. Meeting "strangers" online and then corresponding regularly with them via their blogs, emails, phone calls, or face-to-face contact.
Blogging is wicked good if you ask me. Yet I can’t help thinking how many bloggers have been deceived by other bloggers, as previously mentioned above, with disastrous results. Some get caught up in twisted tales by real and anonymous bloggers. I’d be willing to bet most counselors and lawyers in the U.S. are now acutely aware of the term blogs. Where do we go from here?