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What blog are you waiting for?

14 Sep

The power of blogging is vast. This is because blogging is no longer something that is done and followed by high school nerds debating about chess strategies. Blogging is vast in numbers, numbering in the thousands on a daily level and covers every possible topic one can imagine from gossip, fashion and celebrity to feminism, law literature and media. If you crave it, most likely there’s a blog out there on it. Blogging has the potential to exhibit to the rest of the world a microcosm of insight that individuals normally may not have access too. Having no limitations, it transcends beyond age, gender race, geographic location or any other barrier one could think of. It captures topics of the mundane as well as captivating. Whatever one’s passion is, it can be discovered in the blogging world. Furthermore, the beauty of blogging is that if one cannot find what they are looking for they can always create it. New blogs spring up on a daily basis touching on issues regarding food, family, pop culture and so on and so fourth. Websites such as WordPress and Tumbler, to name a few, provide individuals a quick and easy method of churning out blogs and getting them out to the world. Not only can be blogs be fun and interesting, but they can also be lucrative. According to the The London Times’ “40 Blogger’s who really count” list Nikki Finke’s deadline.com/hollywood blog recently sold for a rumored $10 million-plus.

However with the large array of information, I find myself asking, is all of this really necessary? Will the quality of my life be improved be following a blog on the do’s and don’ts of celebrity fashion, or what Kanye West did at the MTV music video awards? With the High emphasis on fashion, celebrities and gossip, does blogging really matter? Many would argue yes, and that blogs have both a large adolescent as well as adult following of topics and their popularity is growing every day. Like the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, or in this case, one mans trash is another mans blog.

On the other hand, some blogs can be inspiring, even when it comes to fashion. Case in point Gabi Greggs blog also listed in The London Times’ “40 Bloggers who really count“ entitled youngfatandfabulous.com depicts fashion trends for curvy individuals, providing outlets for girls who do not identify at least physically with the Kate Moss’s of the world. Or Naomi Klein’s blog named naomiklein.org, which is also listed writes about issues relating to climate change, globalization, surveillance and Palestine. The power of the blog is monumental and has the potential to influence millions. A popular blog by Michael Arrington called TechCrunch has the potential to virtually make or break a savvy new idea in the technology world. Blogging can also be a source of the latest and most updated information, with information being posted that even mainstream sources have not reported on. But with so many opinions, it can be difficult to differentiate the reality from the fiction. When accessing a blog there is no magical button that filters through the bad and gives you the good. Therefore one is faced with the problem of sifting through the stupid and ridiculous in order to find the interesting and spectacular. Another set-back of blogging is the fact that it deviates from the standard mode of reporting; no longer are individuals doing the research and checking facts, no longer are they attempting to understand the deeper issues at hand. The era of blogging is based upon headlines and gimmicks, anything to score a hit, no pun intended. The advantage to blogging is that truth need not apply.

So what have we learned? We have learned that blogging provides a vast array of knowledge, but we’ve also learned that this vast array can sometimes be at the expense of credibility, where according to the words of Geraldo Rivera there are “Too many writers not enough readers”. The problem with blogging is that some tell it like it is, while others cater to what’s hot and what’s not. All and all I believe the lesson learned is that yes blogging can be a source, both of entertainment and academia, but should be used in conjunction with journals, newspapers and, God forbid, even books.

Whether you’re talking trends or the issue of the Iraq war, blogging is here to stay, at least until something better comes along, Wanna find out what that next best thing is? Check my next blog…. Just kidding