Blogs are many things to many people; they entertain us and inform us in a thousand different ways. They help us share ideas through words, music and photography. Some employ humor to vent life’s many irritations, like having to opt out of things we never opted into in the first place. Others keep us up to date on important things, like celebrity baby bump sightings and the occasional scandal involving pro athletes or politicians.
Wouldn’t want to miss one of those!
There are talented individuals in the blogging realm who possess the ability to create works of art, crafting words and images to show that within our differences there is sameness. Proving that the young and not so young alike can make us laugh, make us think, give us pause with their unique perspective on the human condition. It’s been said that our ability to communicate is what separates us from the animals. I’m not so sure that’s entirely true, I mean, the bumble bee somehow finds out when it’s time to hook up with a sunflower, so somebody’s talkin’ out there in the wild kingdom, but bloggers who harness the power of the internet to build bridges between our islands do connect people from around the globe. No small feat when you consider all of the media out there that manages to alienate half of the world’s population and marginalize the other.
Bloggers are not a lower life form than journalists. Writing for public consumption is more than having a pedigree and a corporate logo to hide behind when you don’t get your facts straight. Amateurs practice until they do it right. Professionals practice until they can’t do it wrong. Not much difference, is there? I would love to have a staff of editors, but bloggers are a forgiving bunch. Misplaced punctuation or an unruly synonym, minor infractions; unlike, oh, I don’t know, total LIES.
So, while we aren’t incorporated or backed by a hedge fund, our blogs contain the stuff of life. Bloggers, actual human bloggers, are skilled at bringing ideas, experience and individuals together to showcase all of the things we have in common, raise the level of public discourse, and more importantly, give voice to those who might not otherwise be heard. I am privileged to be in such good company.
Some days you’re the only ones who makes sense.