You know how there is always someone in your group of friends that knows everything about the internet and is always up to date with the most current technology? Well, that has never been me. I am always the one hearing about these things from others and thinking that maybe I’ll check it out. I know the basics of the internet and can get around pretty well and although I’ve been on Facebook for a while, I just joined Twitter a month ago. I always thought of blogging as something for people who had some strong opinion about something or companies that wanted to their bring products to the internet. My dad encouraged me to set up a blog for my time in Barcelona as a way to keep my family at home updated about my life abroad. I set up a basic little blog and use it to simply write about my experiences. This Journalism 2.0 class has given me the opportunity to really get into the blogging world. In just two weeks I have learned so much about the history and process of blogging.
The first blogs came about in the late 1980’s but the world of blogging really started to expand in the beginning of the 21st century. We spent some time talking about the advantages to blogging and there were a few that really stood out to me. The main advantage that stood out to me is the availability for instant feedback. You can post something and within minutes people can start leaving comments. There is no other media source (newspapers, magazines, TV) where feedback is that instantaneous. And not only can you receive feedback immediately, you can do something about it. You can start improving your blog right then and there, editing things or adding new posts. Another advantage I took note of was the idea that blogs are limitless. If an important event happens, whether it’s the election of a new leader or a natural diaster, bloggers can post something about it immediately. There is no waiting for the newspaper to come out the next day or the 6 o’clock news to come on. There is also no limitation with space, you can post as many words as you want as well as pictures, videos, whatever! Blogging opens up a whole new world for information, people can blog about whatever they want, however they want, whenever they want.