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"VOF Week 3: (Overcomming Challenges in Blogging)."

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Overcoming Challenges in Blogging….
Internet plays a greater role in bridging people together, from all walks of life and from every corner of the globe. It bridges people together in a variety of ways especially through common interests and sharing of knowledge and skills. Most common in the internet is the rising number of blogs. These blogs which are easy to maintain, with few technical skills, provide ample opportunity for people to interact in a meaningful and personal sense.
The challenges and barriers to blogging is that at times we have so much to write and look forward to do so, share information with others etc, but due to time constraints we tend not to update the blog, thereby losing the initially intended momentum, hence lose valuable contacts. I consider continuity is of utmost importance. Finding ways to energize and entertain the group is equally important. Maintaining a blog means that we have to commit ourselves, thereby facilitate the process, stimulate discussion and constantly build in mechanisms to keep people awake – humour is the best tool accompanied through stimulating discussions! Just to start a blog and leave it to itself may not work. Constant enthusiasm and humor needs to be generated to keep the blog constantly updated and relevant.
Other challenges are the question of security. How much could we have trust the other? If we have new members can we trust the person? Will our information be manipulated or misused? Difficulty in scrutinizing people could lead to at times in the break up of networks of closely knitted groups. Hence at the initiating stage of blogs its always better to provide the least of information relating to names and places of work. But in turn, closing up can make people lose confident on the other. So balancing and working with caution is important. Personally I go by intuition….who else could be considered the best when it comes to intuition? A women itself!

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molliv's picture

so much accomplished through humor!

thanks, azmiya, this entry really made me think. i have always had the problem of consistently making the time and posting and have often been surprised to return to a long-ignored blog to find that there actually WERE people reading, and by the time i get back into it they disappear. i think a related part of this is patience... knowing it takes a while to build up a base, and feeling okay with using it as a personal form of catharthis, instead of being frustrated when no one is responding. i think worldpulse and this program are helping people getting through this initial barrier by making sure EVERYONE has someone "listening" to them, so that you may know how beautiful and appreciated your voice may be.

you also brought up the issue of trust, which was interesting to me. we hear all these horror stories about people using the internet to pose as someone else, to gain confidence and trust and use that against the posters, either for a government agency or for their own personal gain. but yet, the anonymity of it all also allows us to open up in a way that we may not be able to with our own friends and family, either out of embarassment or fear. i belong to several online groups that probably know more about me than my mom, because they are almost not "real" to me, there are no longstanding repercussions ifi step on someone's toes, etc...

thanks again for giving me much to think about.

~molli

Don't let your worries get the best of you. Remember, even Moses started out as a basket case.

azmiya's picture

Thats true....

Thats true Molli....most of my friends online know me better and I can open up to them than my mum....Not that my mum doesnt understand me...its just that her emotions make me refrain on telling her everything...but to a friend...specially someone unknown - yet thinks about you - its great to open up!

Fatima Waziri's picture

rightly stated

rightly stated

Peace!
Fatima

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