Nowadays, everyone has an opinion. And with the helpful, yet overwhelming, introduction of the internet, all of a sudden Shakespeare’s famous quote “all the world’s a stage” has new meaning.
So what is the point of a blog? In this day and age, I’m realizing that blogs are often multi-purpose, but the ultimate thing they tend to do is self-promote.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m most definitely not hating on blogs. Considering I have one, that would be pretty stupid of me. But what I’m getting at is the indicator that blogs represent in our culture, in our human condition.
We want to be heard. We want to be accepted. We want to be loved. We want to have influence. These are not bad desires, but they can definitely lead us astray. Because, ultimately, if our blog becomes about filling those needs within us, it’s not just a blog. It’s us. It’s our identity – and it is all out there for anyone to see. And I’m not so sure that is entirely a good thing sometimes. It can lead us down the rabbit-hole of intangible questions of self-worth and purpose, all disguised in the forum of the trending blogosphere. It can lead us away from critically thinking about the credibility of what we fill our minds with and lead us to settle with the opinions of other, similarly unexpert, people that we decide we agree with.
Blogs, like the tangibles in each of our lives, were never intended to be what they have become. They are not proof of our worth but how many comments we get or discussions we start – they are places for new perspectives to be shared, for the world to be filled with a little more life, a little more voice, a little more creativity, a little more hope.
Blogs can be a beautiful thing. They allow transparency in a culture that prides itself on hard hearts and powerful personas. It lets people let their hair down, virtually, swaying about in strands of code and formatting. They make the world a smaller place, letting families split by hundreds of miles see growing babies and hear news of an unknown frontier.
Blogging, I’m realizing, take courage. They allow the ability to shout for voices that often go unheard. They build communities, especially as like-minded bloggers from all over the country (or the world) run across each other’s writings and resonate with what each has to say, friendships growing and blooming rooted in the soil of the web. Blogs also are a great forum for sharing wisdom – either hard-won lessons borne from a deep well of mistakes and success stories or for advice from those who have been there for an audience of those who aren’t there yet.
So, you ask, what’s the point of blogging?
The point is not the blogging – it’s the people writing them. It’s the who, not the opinion, the content, the graphics, the humor, the cute teeny baby photos. It’s the life behind each blog posted, the learning and growing and sharing that happens as hand-crafted drafts are being sent out like tightly sealed messages in glass bottles in the sea of blogosphere.
So blog more. Share more. Write to your heart’s content! Someone, somewhere, will have a little more life, a little more hope, some encouragement or new knowledge from what you have to say.