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What's the meaning of blog?
As a blogging novice, I am interested in why people write blogs, revealing their innermost thoughts to the world?
Keith Morris 01/12/2005 11:35
Mark Tuma (Guest)
Personally I find it a useful tool for reflecting on things, it helps me to actually sit down and process those thoughts that whip around. Additionally, the community aspect of the 'blogosphere' means you end up interacting and contributing to one another's thoughts.
Less seriously, it's a less presumptious way to put photos of family etc online than spamming a forum with them!
Heather Cracknell (Guest)
I'd echo what Mark says above, I think its also a great link with the "outside world" by which I mean outside my circle of connections in Norwich and the UK. I read (and comment on) the blogs of people from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Scotland, Cambridge, Ipswich, London and a whole host of places which opens me to tissues and ways of thinking that I probably wouldn't encounter otherwise, which I then reflect on and blog about, thereby contributing (in some small way) to the conversation about God, the Bible and walking in faith.
I think people perceive blogging as either wholly self publicising (like how arrogant to think people want to read about you!) or just bizarre (why give up time to put out your thoughts that no-one might read?!) I think its about participating and not just consuming.
It's a great discussion starter, and it's interesting and helpful to read blogs/comments from much wiser people than me. I've learnt such a lot by reading blogs.
Helen Bouttell (Guest)
I also believe there to be a community element to it as on your blog you will have a link to another person's blog and so you check what they say and add comments. It's all done in your own time whcih is convenient, you can add as much or as little as you want and it's very good for clarifying and developing your thoughts. I really recommend it!
Helen Varley (Guest)
I started mine as a way to keep people up to date with what I'm up to while I'm away at uni. I was fed up of telling everyone 10 times over - so now they just read it and can ask me questions!
It's progressed to become an outlet for my thoughts and ponderings that I really appreciate peoples' comments on.
I probably have up to around 10 blogs I read regularly. It's really helpful to keep me up to date with what's going on with my friends back home. Also, I think it lets you in deeper to their ponderings than a normal conversation doens't always give you the time to do. I feel like I know my friends a whole lot better since we've all started blogging.
Carl Baker (Guest)
I think I agree with practically everything that's been said above and have little to add!
Sometimes I wish I could make it so that only certain people could view certain posts I write though ;-)
Phil Heald (Guest)
Being a relatively new blogger, I'm finding it really helpful so far. As well as helping me to organise my thoughts, I like the idea of having a record of where I'm at and how I'm thinking ATM to look back on. I hope to be able to see God patterns emerging.
I also love the community element. I find it so encouraging to hear from other Christians, especially ones in this fine city, about what God's up to and what responses people are making. Again, I like looking for God patterns and His purposes.
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