Blogging has come a long way. I think you’ll notice that when you have a look at the numbers: WordPress alone hosts some 5,000,000 blogs. I could just as easily have said five million, but no. You should be able to see the number of people out there who take to blogging as a hobby, as a legitimate way to spend time. It’s not just about earning money here. It’s about telling the world that you exist – on your own terms. It’s a way of letting the world know such perceptions also exist, and you are always welcome to agree or disagree. Blogging is not just adding content of your own to the web: it’s a way of conducting politics in peace. Interests are brought forth in harmony, and in no way where it can conflict with that of others’. Blogging has breached commercialism in that the only benefits that bloggers get on putting up a home video or writing an article on lifestyle are a silent but overwhelming happiness on being able to share. Blogs come free of cost, you just need to pay up for the internet time. Services like Digg, Technorati and StumbleUpon help you for free when it comes to being discovered, and companies like Google and WordPress take it upon themselves to enhance this simple experience, and to make it more and more enriching by the day. Just take a deep breath, sit back, and imagine: a customised slot for your personality to fit into the digital world, and again, on your own terms. If you’re to break through the perspex ceiling above your office with flying colours, you’ll realise you can do that only on your own terms. If you have to make an impression on others as a person who till that moment has lived only in your dreams, you’ll realise you can do that only by being who you are. So much said, why not do it on a larger, more extrvagant, and much, much cheaper scale? Don’t you think that’s hard to resist?
I have been blogging for close to 30 months now. I hitched my wagon to Google’s Blogspot blogging service soon after it cropped up on the web. Of course, I did it then only because I wanted to do something; I was terribly bored. Eventually, it’s come from being a tool to just pass time to being a compelling hobby that keeps me writing at least once in two days. Well, since it’s my blog, I don’t have to worry about what I write: I can write about anything. So you can add freedom to that list of “Why You Should Blog Just Because You Can“. Further, as my skills in writing became more sharpened and developed more clarity as each week of posts passed, I decided to advertise them. Not for money, but because more people might like to read them. If I’m spending an hour or two on researching for an article on, say, anorexia, and if I believe that the post has come out well, then maybe more people would like to read it. And this is where I stumbled upon connectivity. The ability to stay in touch. The speed with which you can get information across from your desk in Bombay to your friend’s in Chicago. How fast you can let the world know how you’re on to something that might help improve their lives. If you can stay in touch, then you can make it. I came across Del.icio.us, Flickr, Deviantart, and so many more services out there. Even better, because of this growing need to stay in touch, concepts like RSS, XML updates and Feeds came to life.
Don’t you think that being able to sit in one place and be heard across five continents (yes, they have internet at the South Pole) is amazing?
I think blogging receives more than three cheers!