VOF Week 3: (“My experience of blogging”)
The concept of blogging was introduced to me by a movie named “The perfect man” and after that I went on researching what it really is about. After knowing about blogging I got so excited that I could publish my article online and even read other’s article and give my inputs as well. But as time passed by I got busy and could not post my article on my blog regularly. Blogging has always been so exciting and we can raise different issues and get wide range of ideas, comments and suggestions.
There are wide ranges of opportunity that comes to our way through blogging like: we can get introduced to people having similar thoughts, can create a loose network for advocacy purposes through blogging and moreover we can put our thoughts, feelings into words. Blogging can be done with your own identity and anonymously as well. This can be taken as both the challenge and opportunity. As in country where women do not have right to express themselves or talk openly about some issues they can blog anonymously and put their thoughts, feelings and experience and share them with the people from other part of the world. Similarly blogging anonymously can also create confusion among the readers as people might think that their blog articles are false assumptions.
Besides having the opportunity, blogging also has some challenges such as digital divide because people do not have access to computer. Along with that in country like Nepal, despite having internet connections due to electricity cut for longer hours blogging has been quite impossible lately. Along with that blogging reaches those who have access to computers and new technologies and many women are illiterate and do not have any knowledge about computers and among those who blog they do not update their blogs regularly. As a result people who could create waves and voices in the world are staying silent just because they cannot access computers or are busy with their daily lives.
For overcome these challenges, it is essential to encourage people who blog, by providing inputs to their writings. Those women who have access to computers can talk to people who do not have access and put their thoughts into blog and share them with the world. In such situation we can be informed about the people whom we could have thought not to exist because being oriented to one’s society sometimes it is difficult to imaging the people living on the other part of the world. Blogging sometimes can be quite lethargic because of time unavailability but sometimes it becomes a way for mental healing as putting our thoughts into words helps release our tension, frustration. So it is essential to blog because in one hand or the other it helps us to be empowered and raise voice against wrong doers.