Blogs are journals
giving anyone an identity, and an awesome forum for
sharing thoughts and ideas with others of similar interests.
Journal writing used to be a private, personal experience
done late at night, scribbling hardly legible thoughts
and daily occurrences down on paper amidst the haze
of a barely lit room. When read over on a later date
one could find connections and coincidences that sometimes
brought deeper insights into the meaning of life. Also,
old ideas could be rekindled that otherwise may have
been forgotten forever.
In the 21st century a strange new type of journal writing
is becoming prevalent in contemporary society. Called
Blogs, these are journals used by the masses. Why are
people sharing their thoughts instead of keeping them
private like the days of old? These journals are found
on the World Wide Web and can be used for a number of
purposes. The Web is a public sphere and human souls
are realizing that sharing their ideas and beliefs can
have that same epiphany type of effect on others as
the old type of journal had on the personal writer.
People are also feeling that they have an identity,
and putting it on the Web is a great way of expressing
themselves. Anyone can do it, and besides words, visuals
can also be integrated into the journal, often making
the Blogs very appealing to readers/ viewers.
Blogs are becoming an excellent way of sharing information
on any and every subject. Instead of searching Google
for general sites about surfing, or 60’s music,
one can go straight to a Blog on the subject in question
and read daily thoughts and ideas by others with the
same interest as well as expert points of view. If you
own a business, you can see what entrepreneurs already
based in your proposed field feel about the industry.
As it’s a journal structure, the reader can see
how certain individual’s beliefs have changed
As the world around us is constantly in transition,
humans have always looked for better ways of living
and growing as a species. The Information Age has helped
our society in innumerable ways. On-line journals are
becoming the next step in giving voice to every person
who has access to a computer and the Net. As well as
putting one’s identity ‘out there’
with the masses, people are hearing the inner workings
of minds with similar interests. Blogs are a phenomenon
helping to create a more interconnected, socially aware
Jesse S. Somer
Jesse S. Somer is a human hoping to help integrate technology
with the average person in society.