What does blogging mean to you?
I was moved by this post at The Pursuit of Harpyness and wanted to share it. The author shares honestly, allowing the reader to accompany her/him while s/he struggles through some convoluted, but important, thoughts. S/he struggles with the idea of blogging as activism, and wonders, as we all have, what role it takes in our work for equality. Later the same day I read this post by Amy at Science & Sensibility also exploring her thoughts about blogging but with a decidedly more positive tone. Her post also resonated with me because I, like her, have turned from a non-believer to a preacher of the power of social media to inspire social change.
I would love to hear from readers what purpose they believe a blog can serve. Last week I met an exceptional woman who encouraged me, and other bloggers, to “create your own media.” I have seen blogs, twitter, and facebook provide a vehicle for those who would never be able to speak through traditional media outlets. Word can spread like wild fire with little to no money spent, and language barriers fall more easily with online translations. (Even though we have heard repeatedly that the Arabic translation is pretty bad on wordpress. I promise we’re working on it!) Most importantly, those who may not be able to speak publicly for fear of retribution may post thoughts online.
Is this enough? Does the dissemination of information bring change? I would love to hear readers’ opinions, so please leave a comment!