Thursday, April 2, 2009

On Blogging

Blogging presents a unique challenge. Speaking comes naturally--once a baby learns to speak the hardest thing to do is shut them up! While speaking, words flow like water. We use many, many words to communicate ideas. Also, in face-to-face communication, we use body language and gestures to get our point across. This works out great: we can communicate complicated ideas well.

Bloggers do not have these benefits. First, blog posts must be short or readers will skip them. Second, there is no body language. To put our ideas into a blog is like trying to force a fire hose through a funnel.

But, blogging also presents a unique opportunity. No matter how loud I yell, only a few people can hear me. But, open up my laptop and the whole world becomes my potential audience. Also, writing requires me to focus my thoughts. In so doing, writing serves to hone my ideas and self-edit my blog posts.

If you're not a blogger, but just a reader: did you know there's a right way to read blogs? (1) Understand that the blogger has more knowledge and opinion than he or she is sharing--there just is not room to show it. (2) Don't be afraid to use the comments section to hash out ideas. Question the blogger, ask for clarification, present your own opinion, correct facts, or simply give an amen.

Thanks to all my readers. You make it worth it for me to do this. I hope my blog serves you well.


Ben said...

Very interesting. Now I understand why I post drawings and pictures. That is my body language!

Daniel said...

Idea-honing and self-editing are the good things about written media for those of us to whom speaking comes with more difficulty. Blogging is great that way for me.