VOF Week 3: (Blogging-A blessing with limitations)
For me writing is a blissful experience. I always had the need to express myself and share my sentiments with people. Back then when I was just a kid, I could hardly express myself to anybody-people thought I was too young and I didn’t have anything to share. If I had anything to say, they would be nonchalant-they would shrug me off as if my feelings didn’t matter. Enthused by the Diary of Anne Frank, I took the domicile of my own personal diary, which captured my different moods and emotions. But I was too scared that someone would secretly read my diary and ridicule me for what I had to write. Petrified, I would tear my diaries to shreds every time I reached the last page of it. I did this for years. Once, while I was telling a friend about this ritual of mine, he introduced me to the world of blogging. I could not believe that there could be something like an e-diary, where I could share with the world what I feel. I was thrilled. Registering a blog was the first thing I did when I got back home.
My first entry was about myself. Excited like a baby, I sent the link to my close friends and one friend commented. It was joyous. For the first time ever, I realized what I write does matter. I decided to update my blog very often. I failed. I could not write everything there. There are some things which are too personal to be written on a blog. This, for me, is the greatest barrier to blogging. I couldn’t write on my blog about my ex boy-friend who ditched me after 2 years of relationship to marry another girl, and that too without telling me. I couldn’t write about the agony I went through for months after the betrayal. This is the reason that I still need a diary. But when I was reading the posts of my friends on PulseWire, I came to know that I can filter my readers. This way, I believe I can express more without the fear of being judged by people who do not know me at all.
Similarly, there are times when I experience euphoria of feelings; like during midnight. I don’t have enough patience to boot my computer, type what I feel and then log on to the internet and post it in my blog. I prefer getting my diary and scribble on-that’s easier. This is yet another barrier to blogging. Solution to it-I really don’t know.
Another major barrier to blogging is how to keep people interested in what I have to write. Why would any XYZ be interested in the ramblings of any girl-me for that matter? The solution to this I have found through PulseWire. Citizenship Journalism is the key. We need to write more about serious issues that would ignite reader’s interest. Write something thought-provoking, and you have your readers-right there-glued to your story!