What Happened To The Old Fashioned Blogging?
A very impressionable young boy at a very young age has learned that in order to change the world change should start withing himself. Later in life he would come to the conclusion that he should never settle for being ordinary and that he will never settle for what life has offered, that he will fight for more, that he will succeed or at least will die trying. From the very simple premise that words and ideas an ideas can change the world he decided to try just that and find his own voice in every medium possible, among family members, among his own friends and classmates, among people he would meet as he walked through life; at home, at school, in college, at work, in parks, restaurants, beaches or anywhere else he would feel comfortable speaking up. He found it difficult as he was a little insecure and shy, always on guard for himself against the malice and spite of the people around him. He always had values and morals, deep respect and utmost care for people near and dear to his heart even though it hurt him in the end. Even to this day he keeps believing that he can change lives and hopes that that part of him will never change or cease to exist.
That boy is me.
As I was plotting yet another return to blogging I was wondering about the changes that blogging has suffered throughout the last decades. A little over twenty years ago (mid 90s) the blogs that we know and love today initially took the shape of online diaries or journals, their editors were called diarists, journalers or even journalists. Through online diaries any person from any corner of the world was able to share his thoughts, feelings, ideas, struggles, frustrations, inspiration through text, images, audio or video materials thus solidifying the beginning of a concept known today as the new social media. Publishing tools became available to more and more people, their evolution made it possible for anyone with a basic set of technical skills to become content creators.
In this ever changing world the freedom of speech is not just a right, it’s also a responsibility and a duty. Personal diaries have metamorphosed into personal blogs due to a wider range of topics reaching further into the minds of people everywhere. Ever since their inceptions in a continuous evolution blogs have been known to start and encourage conversations thus making us think, contemplate, observe, question, consider, doubt and ultimately make changes.
With every second passing a new blog is being created, more information is being made available to an ever growing public though a rather large portion of the existing blogs today lack structure, visuals, content and quality. A severe lack of blogging networks has made its mark thus demotivating bloggers to give preference to quality over quantity, they tend to have severe struggles over finding their niche and target audience, me including to be completely honesty. Instead of creating a blog, many of us joined social networks and micro-blogging websites such as twitter where in a matter of seconds we can share our deepest thoughts (for some of us) and almost immediately get feedback thus forgoing the idea of creating quality and potential conversation starting ever lasting content.
Even if I created my blog rather late I have caught a glimpse of what blogs used to represent, they were more personal, more genuine, rather broad and more inclusive. Nowadays I find it rather difficult finding content from unique creators who have their own blogs with whom I could interact and establish a rather personal connection. Having your own blog is a sign of individuality but as one of my college professors has said we’re loosing our individuality to conformity and a broader society. It feels like we’re loosing ourselves into the crowds, feels like we’re loosing our abilities to speak up when to this day still we have so much to work on and blogs could be such powerful and far reaching instruments into changing human mentalities for a better future for everybody.
Is it possible that I am the only one who feels like this? Is it possible that the tools and networks have been out there all along and I have been to ignorant and scared to find them? Or what can we do to encourage a rather broad and meaningful content creation?