Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Everyone Needs the Power of Blog
Blogging was quickly adopted by the ‘I, ME’ generation. Blogging in many regards has been labeled as a hobby in which only the self-absorbed practice. In our vanity we place our favorite foods, movies, books and recommendations, or endless pictures of our children on the World Wide Web because we think we matter and others care. That being said- I think everyone should blog. Here's why:
Blog is a Convenient Conversation
It’s 6:00 on a Saturday morning and you can see what’s going on in your old roommate’s life by logging on to her blog, later on that day around noon, some one else thinks something you have said is exceptionally clever, and they make a comment back- in essence we are all having a large conversation, at our own convenience.
The ability to post comments allows others to participate- it’s like a conversation around the water cooler at work. Unlike email which is a two way conversation, a blog is 10 way conversation, where not only the poster interacts with the reader, but those making comments interact with each other as well.
If you look at a blog as a conversation not an essay, it’s natural that everyone should have conversations, which is why you should blog.
Blog is an Easy Way Maintain Friendships
I talk to mission companions, lost friends, and extended family almost every day through blog, a comment here or a comment there between us and we keep in touch. It doesn’t require the formalities of an email, or the effort of a phone call, log in- read what the other has to say and make a comment.
Who wouldn’t like to keep tabs on their friends, and maintain valuable friendships? Which is why you should blog.
Blog Brings a New Kind Of Friend
Blog has redefined friendship for me. Just as we have work friends, gym friends, church friends, I now have blog friends. An online friendship with people that I may or many not ever physically meet- but I enjoy their candor and banter in text.
Who doesn’t want new friends? Which is why….
Blog Creates a Sense of Community
Many of us feel alone in some feelings and sentiments. Be it the new mother who feels trapped at home or the single guy who has built his life perfectly but can’t find a mate- it’s a world where you can know that you are not alone. Posting your feelings, worries and fears for your internet community to help support you (i.e. When are you going to Have a Baby). You’re angry about something, you have a platform, an outlet- and most likely you’ll find that there are many people out there that agree. Blogging is another way to connect you with your fellow humans, which is why you should blog.
One Blog Can Make a Difference
I found someone to cater my housewarming party, some of my blog comments were recently discussed in an individuals health care class, I’ve been able to help people see a different opinion on some interesting topics, and when I was ticked off at a corporation, the corporate powers found my blog on their own, and my opinions were heard. I’ve been blogging for about 6 months now and recently I’ve discovered that my nobody blog with its 6 readers can make a difference.
Quit being a passive reader, go to typepad or blogspot, log in and start blogging- many people choose a topic to blog about be it politics, faith, or cooking- but you don’t need a theme (as I obviously haven’t chosen one) blog about you, what matters to you, what drives you crazy and what you absolutely love. If starting your own blog seems too overwhelming start making comments on your friends blogs with a bit more frequency, join the conversation. In 6 months time you might look back and be surprised at the power of blog.