Community Update

Digital Empowerment Toolkit Now Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits aim to provide the resources you need to advance your social change work.

We are excited to introduce our Digital Empowerment Trainers’ Toolkit, a dynamic resource to help you bring the benefits of connecting online to women in your community. Check it out today! »

VOF Week 3: Blogging?!?

Blogging?!? Do I really blog? I guess that I do, although I had not thought of myself as a blogger previously. When I thought about it, I realized that I used to write in my journal far more often in my younger days (ha!) than I do today. I no longer physically write in beautiful, artistic journals that I hide in secret places throughout my home like I used to. Instead, I typically meditate and use my computer keyboard to express myself. This is quite a shift for me.

Challenges and barriers with this shift toward blogging include: 1) finding and creating safe spaces for honest and open communication, 2) creating an environment for intellectual thought and resource-sharing without being boring and too verbose, and 3) expressing my passion without being dramatic .

I have been overcoming these obstacles by using proper online conversation etiquette, if there is truly such a thing. For example, I limit my use of caps, bold font, and exclamation points in my writing. Admittedly, sometimes it can be difficult to contain my enthusiasm. Some sites, such as Twitter, impose much-needed word limits that are useful.

I realize that I have started using Twitter as a vehicle for inspiration and affirmations, much like I used to do with my journal. Sometimes I post a thought or positive self-talk statement for the day. While they may be useful for other people, I find them very good for me, especially in the beginning of my day.

In addition to overcoming blogging obstacles in the ways previously mentioned, I also strive to find safe spaces. This is the most difficult hurdle for me. Due to the open accessibility of online forums, I write knowing that there is no such thing as a “private email message.” We live in an era where our thoughts and feelings could be copied, pasted, forwarded, and used without knowledge or permission. While it is not a conscious thought, I know that it inadvertently affects the depth of my online experiences.

What I need in the future is more spaces like Pulse Wire that is created for specific purposes with shared goals and a vision of online connectedness. Some of the areas of the site are restricted and there is transparency regarding posts and access. There are also other opportunities to create friendships and groups to enhance your experience. It may also be helpful to connect more immediately with others, even using relatively superficial criteria such as geography, age, educational experiences, lifestyle, etc. Maybe there can be a matching system to match women with similar interests on different dimensions the way that dating sites use questionnaires to match mates?

I also enjoy being able to use my mobile phone to connect with others, in addition to using computer systems/devices. I think that most of us benefit from this type of communication because our mobile devices tend to be more personalized.

Comments

LauraB's picture

I relate

Sister Angela,

Yesterday a good friend and I were talking about the wide world of social networking. While I find it inspiring on many levels, she doesn't feel comfortable or inclined to use the computer in this way. It seems these conversations pop up throughout my days as I find middle aged friends trying to embrace, understand, fit in- this new way of communicating.

I especially relate to what you say, "What I need in the future is more spaces like Pulse Wire that is created for specific purposes with shared goals and a vision of online connectedness. Some of the areas of the site are restricted and there is transparency regarding posts and access." I'm finding something unique here at Pulse Wire and sounds that you are too.

Great to read your post and hope that the VOF has been a great experience.

Warm wishes,
Laura

Rachelle_W's picture

VOF Week 3

Sometimes I miss writing in the beautiful journals that were (or are still!) scattered all over my house. But blogging is great too :)

Rachelle_W's picture

Oops...

Oops....I posted that comment before I had finished writing it.

I also agree that Pulsewire is great because it is created for a certain topic and is not just the to have the most friends (like Facebook) or tell everyone what you are doing every minute of the day (like Twitter).

Good luck with VOF!

Best regards,

Rachelle

Sister Angela's picture

Thank you Laura and Rachelle.

Thank you Laura and Rachelle. I am just figuring out the best ways to navigate the site and enjoy all that Pulse Wire has to offer! I agree that the content and process are unique and most appropriate for us: women-folk, social entrepreneurial global leader types :).

I also miss writing in my beautiful journals. I wrote in my journal two weeks ago and my last entry was several months ago. It made me sad for a minute that I was not writing in them as regularly as I used to. The good news, though, is that I used to go through journals often, maybe one or two per year. Now, one journal lasts for a few years-ha! This is better for the environment and my budget :).

In the Spirit of Sisterhood,
Angela

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

PAKISTAN: They Went to School and Never Came Back

PAKISTAN: They Went to School and Never Came Back

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

Announcing Our Prize Winners!

Announcing Our Prize Winners!

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative