Keeping the Tradition #atozchallenge

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The team decided our theme for this month’s posts here would be “2020 visions of blogging.” This set of weekday posts focuses on:

Blogging in the Present

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Whether you blog several times a day, several times a month, or several times a year, you’re keeping the great tradition of blogging alive. Whether your blog is for music or politics or memoir or poetry or cat pictures or anything else, you’re participating in a vital function of the Internet: bringing people together. Blogging has been around since the foundation of the Internet, but even before that, there were LISTSERV mailing lists, bulletin boards, Usenet newsgroups, chat rooms and many other ways of communication across the Internet. Even as those earlier forms of communication became Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter, which further morphed into Instagram and TikTok and WhatsApp, blogging remains.

Why? Because blogging fills a need that neither the old forms nor the newer forms of electronic communication accomplish: It presents the blogger as an individual. Your blog is your living room. When people come to your blog, they’re coming to see you specifically. Can Facebook say the same?

There will always be a need for a place where people to fully express themselves, and in the face of occasionaly-draconian Terms of Service at social media sites limiting what you can say, your blog is your own platform where you can get away with saying about anything you want. Terms of Service on blogging platforms are far more liberal, giving you more of a free rein over what you say and how you say it.

So, let’s continue this tradition and express ourselves freely, while we still can.

Do you feel that you can say anything you want on your blog?

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Author: John Holton

Internet disc jockey, lover of old TV (especially the commercials), inveterate wise guy.

5 thoughts on “Keeping the Tradition #atozchallenge”

  1. I feel I CAN say anything on my blog, but do I say everything I can? Just because I can doesn’t mean I don’t use self-discipline beacause I want to. Also, I’m aware some things are not guaranteed Constitutional Freedom of Speech, such as inciting a riot or making threats of harm against myself or others. As far as what I’ve seen in WP, freedom of speech seems to work way better here than in the social media forums.

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    1. Social media forums seem to attract a lot of people who spend too much time online, and who aren’t exactly literate. Bloggers tend to be able to spell, punctuate and form sentences that can be understood by the average adult…

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