Rebecca Blood’s history of weblogs is very informative. I did not know that weblogs used to be limited to people who knew how to create websites using html. In my opinion weblogs are a great way to have important discussions and issues about current topics. Honestly though my first instincts about personal weblogs was confusion. I thought that in “New Kids on the Blog” it was really strange that the woman Gomm was posting in so much detail about her life. I mean what if her son found her weblog and read all the things she published to the whole world about him. I would hate that if I were her son. Initially my only thought was that I would not want to publish my thoughts and experiences from my everyday life on a website for other people to see and judge. Yet, as I thought about it more, I came to the conclusion that Facebook is a sophisticated form of a weblog in which on can add pictures, and put one’s status announcing to other people what your thoughts and feelings from the day are. I do then participate in a weblog, and I actually really like it. Then I read the article about the EMT, blogger. I would love to read his weblog, it would be so interesting to learn about all the dangerous and challenging encounters he has during work. At this point I felt like I was getting a better understanding of why people blog. I loved the directions about how to weblog they almost seemed like life lessons, not blogging directions.
In my opinion Blood’s idea that weblogs are the only antidote to coporate media and governmental entities is very extreme. I personally discuss most current issues with my parents and peers, and I think that it is an individual choice whether one participates or becomes a member of the audience. What do you guys think?
I think I like the idea of a more personal weblog. I don’t think that most people would be interested in the daily occurrances in my life, but like Trott argued I think that my family and friends would. I think that personal password protected weblogs will catch on more quickly than more public forms. What do you guys think?