For me the hardest thing about a blog is publicity. How can anybody read it if they don’t know about it? I post links on Facebook and email people encouraging them to follow me. For those of you with blogs, you know that following is a key part of the equation. It means that at least some people are reading it. The hope is that they’ll tell other people about how amazing your blog is and then your views will skyrocket. That’s the goal anyway.
One of the coolest thing about having a blog is being able to see my development, both as a writer and as a person. Looking back at my posts in my first blog it’s pretty obvious I was trying too hard to be funny, the wording was choppy, and I had issues. But I actually get a lot of inspiration for current writing projects from that old blog of mine. As I said, it’s very interesting to read through my old thoughts in my old styles of writing.
The problem arises when, like anything else on the Internet, blogs are abused. Because it’s so open, things sometimes come out that were never meant to be said, written, or read by other people. In my opinion, blogs are wonderful things, you just have to make sure that whatever you write is OK for everyone to read and not just a select few. With the Internet, your ideas are out there for literally anyone to see. But you’ve probably heard that plenty of times before.
A lot of websites have free blogging. So, if you’re reading this wishing that you could have a blog, go right ahead and get one. Just think of me as you set it up, that’s my favorite part.
Miriam A. Thurber is a rising junior at Unatego Central School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk.