I’ve been mulling over the issue of bloggers vs anti-bloggers for a while…and I definitely have something to say. (My cousin Cathy just recently blogged about this too and brought up some good points; I would link to her blog but it’s private – so there). Anyway, there’s a TON of negativity surrounding blogging out there: they say that it’s merely an ego-driven hobby; similar to putting your kids in beauty contests so everyone can praise how cute they are and what a good parent you are; that it’s prideful to think you’ve got anything to say that’s worthy of publishing; that it’s self-centered, etc.
Here’s what I think. I think our world is getting ever increasingly splintered. Few people have a community, a network that lives in close proximity to them. Few people have a church or a club that meets together and allows them a sense of togetherness and understanding. And even those who do don’t have it like our predecessors had it. We are split geographically from our families and friends. While our ancestors worked in the fields or mines together and would come together as a community often, we are fragmented by long distance commutes and crazy schedules that don’t even allow neighbors to sit around and visit like they used to. In short, I think because all this has happened, our society/generation has created a way in which we can stay close theoretically: internet networks. Think about it – facebook, myspace, blogs, etc. are a way in which we can stay connected with people whose ideologies and philosophies we respect even when we can’t talk with them face to face. And we can stay connected to family and friends we can’t or don’t have the time to see. I’m not even going to go into the other positive aspects of blogging (uncensored news, independent political viewpoints, sharing knowledge, getting helpful information,
Blogging is a great way to journal stuff that’s happening in a way that allows people to come together in a way that’s quite rewarding. I say screw the anti-bloggers! I don’t fracking care what they think. I have something to say and I want to say it – even if nobody else agrees. It’s a way for me to document my life and my life matters. I wish more people in my family blogged. Hopefully they’re at least keeping journals. So there.