5 Ways Blogging is Changing my Life

by Anna Blanch on November 10, 2008

5 Ways Blogging is Changing, Affecting, Uplifting, destroying, corrupting, and encouraging my life…

L.L Barakat over at Seedlings in Stone started a meme a little while back about how blogging is changing her life.

1. Blogging has made me circumspect about my own voice

Blogging has challenged me to think carefully about what is that I want to say and the responsibilities that come with that platform. I may be overestimating my very small readership and the seriousness with which people read what I write but blogging like nothing else offers an egalitarian soap-box – anyone can say what they like about the things that are important to them. I take this seriously.

2. I think about what I read online differently
I think differently about the value of internet surfing. I used to think of internet surfing as being merely a procrastination technique. Now, i am much more likely to go and check out a link sent to me by a friend because I might find something interesting to include in a post or which gets me thinking about things I might write about.

3. Obsessiveness about a good internet connection
I have become a little obsessive about having a good internet connection. I have been trying to redress the balance, control it and don’t let it control you – hence the no posts in October (except of course that was also because i didn’t have time to post at all)!

4. Uplifting Neighbours
The blogosphere is a whole ‘nother universe. There are some great people, great writers, who write great blogs. there is also a whole lot of rubbish online too, so don’t let me fool you into thinking that i have rose coloured glasses about these things…..

5. Intellectual Connection crosses international boundaries
One of my favourite parts of feeling like i need to stay abreast of what others are writing, mainly to spark my imagination and challenge my mind, is that i am able to stay connected with friends around the world who also have blogs. These are primarily non-online friends who are too physically distant from to speak with. This includes Dan over at Papermind, Dave over at Not the Same, James over at People are Strange, Jandy over at Jandy’s Meanderings and Anthea at Nerd on Safari among many others.

Those I tag:

Dan over at Papermind
Rebecca over at RebeccaWrites
Jandy over at Jandy’s Meanderings
Eric over at Ruminations of a Small Town Mountain Boy

Here are the rules:

1. Write about 5 specific ways blogging has affected you, either positively or negatively.

2. link back to the person who tagged you. (that’s me! – if you are reading this and are interested, considered yourself – tagged….kind of like cyber-tag!)

3. link back to this parent post on Seedlings in Stone

4. tag a few friends or five, or none at all

5. post these rules— or just have fun breaking them

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