Recently I’ve had a few conversations with people about this subject, and although blogging is something that seems normal to me now, these conversations have made me realise how relatively new the idea of the blogosphere still is.
I love blogging. I love reading people’s blogs; I love writing my own blog; I love connecting with other people; I love finding out all I can about this industry I want to be a part of. I think the blogosphere is an amazing resource - so many industries have a blogging niche these days.
However, despite the massive potential the blogosphere holds, it amazes me how little people know about blogging and the benefits it can bring. I’m talking not only about the older generation here, but the younger generation too.
I’ve repeatedly tried to convince one of my writer friends to start blogging. I’ve told her how much I’ve learned, how beneficial it has been to me, and yet she’s never really caught on. I have no idea why not. To me, it seems crazy when you want to get into a profession – particularly one like writing – not to do your research. She wants to publish in the future, yet it was down to me to explain to her how publishing works, and I could only do that due to the amount of time I’ve spent reading blogs from agents, editors, authors and writers who know the ins and outs of this industry.
I’m certainly not saying this to criticise my friend. It’s her choice if she doesn’t want to blog, and I’m sure she’ll do her research in the future. But I believe in being prepared. There’s a lot of fun in blogging – I wouldn’t blog if I didn’t enjoy it. But there’s also the potential to create a platform. Writers don’t just write books. They go on book tours, they go to conventions, and they are expected to have some sort of internet presence. A lot more is expected of writers than there used to be. With such an amazing resource as the blogosphere, as well as these growing expectations, I can’t comprehend why you wouldn’t want to get involved in it.
Blogging is also quite misunderstood. Last week my dad asked me: what is blogging? I think he was under the impression that blogging involved people writing about themselves and their lives. This of course is true. But blogging can be so much more than that. It’s communicating with people around the world; it’s discovering the thoughts and opinions of industry insiders; it’s a way to keep up with specific news. There is a whole other dimension to blogging that people don’t see, and I think that’s a shame.
Finally, I come to my last example. As I’ve said before, this summer I’m volunteering in my local library, and I was speaking to one of the other volunteers. She is only sixteen, but I was speaking to her about blogging and what a great resource it is when researching potential careers. She admitted she wouldn’t know what to blog about, but like my dad I explained to her that blogging offered so much more than simply speaking about your everyday life. I think it’s important that more people become aware of blogging, particularly as it’s becoming an ever increasingly powerful source in regards to building up careers and discovering information.
To conclude, the point of this post is to express my incredulity that bloggers are still very much in the minority. It doesn’t seem that way, not when millions of people are connected to sites such as Blogger and Wordpress, alongside paid for domains. I also realise I’m preaching to the choir a little here – if you’re reading this obviously you too are amongst the blogger minority! – but I wanted to share my thoughts on this, and see whether anybody else found this surprising too. I definitely think more people should become involved with blogging. The blogosphere can only get bigger, and I for one am going to do everything I can to see that come true.
Have you encountered this problem in regards to blogging before? Do you think more people should get involved?