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"VOF Week 3: (Blogging is no child's play)"

Roughly two years ago, I became an avid blog-reader. My interaction with blogs prior to this period was limited to occasional visits on a couple of friends' or material that I would randomly come across online. If I remember correctly, until then blogs had always presented themselves as personal diaries gone public - an aspect that I was never comfortable with.To a certain extent, I was right but not completely. Simply because, I had hardly ever come across blogs, which were more than an individual's rant or perspective on life. However, two years down the line, I can safely say blogging can encompass so much more than my narrow definition of it.

Maybe, it's just my own perspective and experience, but personally I think this is because the last two years have seen the infant outgrow it's crawl and take steady steps. Many bloggers now have a heightened sense of maturity as to the potential this tool presents and interestingly the power, which it has given them in the face of traditional outlets. Everything across the spectrum is on board; be it left, right or centre, if you have an opinion or a cause, want the world to hear it or strive for change then blogging is one of your best bets. The diversity of content, the fact that alternative points of view - which hardly seeped their way into traditional sources such as newspapers, radio or television - now have a platform and therefore the ability to challenge the status quo with such a ride is a new high; especially at a time when the need to communicate is more than ever before.

On the flip side though, as an individual but also from the perspective of a journalism student, this is also the point where some of my reservations creep in. Bloggers are not accountable. One can literally get away with posting anything. From one side, this may come off as freedom of expression. From the other, it could also mean that responsibility when publishing content, may take a backseat. The fact that a substantial percentage of blog-readers equate it with traditional media is an aspect that worries me. Not because, I consider traditional news sources to be the epitome of objectivity and high journalistic standards but only due to the fact that there is a certain level of accountability,which can be demanded from the latter.

It may seem silly but my biggest challenge till date in creating a blog has been coming up with an interesting name! Ofcourse, I had other issues such as privacy or the fact that some bloggers gave me a slight complex with their incredible flair for writing effortlessly and on interesting issues, but having the right name which captured the essence of my blog superseded all of the above.Over the period of time, however, these appear as trivial details and hopefully in the near future, if my will is able to keep procrastination at bay, I do hope to have my own room in blogosphere.

Comments

dawn_dancer's picture

Exquisitely articulate!

Hi Tanya --

I'm one of your VOF Listeners for this week, and I went back and read through your other postings to get a better sense of who you are. I want you to know how impressed I am with your articulateness and obvious intelligence. I appreciate your optimism yet cautiousness about blogging -- it is so true about the lack of accountability in blogs, and I'm not sure myself how to sort out fact from fiction when people are trying to convince you of a particular point of view. But for me, one of the opportunites through PulseWire is the ability for those of us in other countries to get a better picture of what life is like for our sisters in other parts of the world -- sharing our challenges and our joys, finding the common ground of the human experience. And from there, helping to empower each other to address the issues that need changing.

I really want to encourage you to keep going with this. It is very obvious to me that you have so much to offer! Please tell me more about you and your life!

Warmly,
Patricia

tanya:

i have to say, i really enjoyed reading your entry this week, and i do not feel your reasoning is at all "silly". in order to properly inspire others, you yourself need to be inspired. we are all different, and for some of us this means being physically attracted to our blogs, or our design and titles properly fitting with our own vision. if you sit down to write and aren't looking at something that makes you feel motivated, then anything you write is not going to come from your heart. you are obviously a creative and articulate person, with valid reservations about the blogging process.

i, too, was a little put off by the whole "public diary" aspect of blogs... while on the one hand it was so awesome to be able to let my friends and family in on my thoughts without having to worry about bugging people with information they didn't want, on the other hand, i wasn't sure how much faith i had in internet security. i for one have always been a little bit leary of anything in print, even in newspapers, so i always doublecheck my facts before getting TOO angry or excited...but you're absolutely right: especially to a younger generation to whom blogging seems to be perfectly acceptabel and reliable, seeing something on the internet seems to prove it's "truth", unless someone else posts a just-as-accessible refute to the information on there. and obviously, if it is the original blogger's intent to intentionally deceive their audience, they and they alone have the power to just delete those comments. i, personally leave even comments that i consider completely hurtful on my blog, as a way to allow others to engage in lively debate, even if it is at my expense.

perhaps this is where you could center your personal energy, since you are so dedicated to the "truth"..finding opposing blogs and listing them side by side, so that people may see opposite ends of the spectrum? i have also been reminded this week, through the entry of another blogger, that everyone has their own "truths" that are equally valid, and there are at least 3 sides to every story: person a, person b, and somewhere in the middle, the "facts"!!

~molli

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

Tanya's picture

Muchos Gracias!

Dear Patricia and Molliv,

First off, I apologize for such a delayed reply. Second, thankyou so much for being generous with your compliments and words of encouragement. Molliv, I agree with what you read. Everyone has their own version of what the 'truth' is. However, responsibility when disseminating information should be practiced vigorously. Personally, I think, this is where the standards are lax and we as a people should make more of an effort to find out the nitty gritty before spewing it out without any sense or consideration.

Warm Regards

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