My first experience with blogging was in middle school. My friend Ruthie and I decided that it would be fun to make a blog talking about random thoughts we had as middle schoolers. We created it and then never posted on it. So there’s probably still a blog page set up somewhere in cyber space collecting cobwebs from years ago. Back then I thought blogs were a place where you could share neat tricks, tips, and thoughts with the entire blogging community.
A couple months ago I watched an independent Netflix film called “Ask Me Anything”. If you are reading this and don’t have anything better to be doing right now you should watch it! From watching this film I was inspired to create an anonymous blog in which I could literally write whatever I wanted. My goal was to write things that I wouldn’t tell anyone. I could expose deep, dark secrets. I could tell things exactly how they are without having anyone know it was me. The blog wasn’t under my name and I created a separate e-mail specifically for it. I word-vomited everything I didn’t want anyone to know to literally the entire internet. AND IT FELT SO GOOD. I had a ton of views because the things I wrote were what everyone secretly felt. I eventually stopped because I realized
when you’re actually living your life you don’t have as much time to write about it.
In Blogging, Second edition there was a quote by Carolyn Burke that really summed up what my beliefs on blogs were at this point in my life. She wrote,
I wanted everyone in the world to expose their inner lives to everyone else . Complete open honest people. What a great and ideal world would result.
Now I’m in the Weblogs and Wikis Class so I have a feeling that my opinions on blogging might once again change. I think that there are many different uses for blogs. According to Wikipedia blogs used to typically focus on a single topic. I think they can be used now as more of a social networking service. Wikipedia said that the use of blogs has been opened up hugely in recent years. Blogs can be used for education purposes. They can be used to showcase your art, your writing, etc. These would be classified as “personal blogs”.
Businesses could have blogs which would be a lot more professional and use a “higher” rhetoric. Blogs open up opinions to the public. Politicians often use them to spread their ideas and news. People reblog. They share. They like. It’s even possible to find a job using your blogging experience. Blogging is an aspect of networking.
Blogging Junction was able to categorize blogs into 4 Types:
- Company Blogs– keep customers/ public updated about the companies activities, goals, etc.
- Personal Blogs– people use these to talk about their day to day activities. If their lifei is especially exciting (think celebs) their blogs might be more interesting. However, I think it’s refreshing to read non-famous people’s personal blogs. I like that I can relate with random people that may be on the other side of the world. There is something so interpersonal about personal blogging.
- General Blogs– The blogger doesn’t write about a specific category. They talk about many different topics- excluding themselves.
- Niche Blogs– I think these are also called “topic blogs”. They relate to a specific topic. (Sports, technology, food, animals)
How are you all using your blogs? What “type” would you classify your blog as?