For some reason that I’ll never understand, a lot of people in the wonderful world of academia tend to hate bloggers.
Maybe not hate-hate, but they certainly don’t take blogs seriously.
Because apparently, if you’re not published in some fancy-pants journal, your work isn’t important.
Makes sense, right?!
Well, no. No it doesn’t.
So in response to all the blogger-haters out there, here are a couple reasons why blogs are awesome and should be given all the credit they deserve.
1. They Allow for Thinking at All Levels
No, you don’t need to have a PhD to have a thought process. Brains, people! Everyone has one! So to believe that only those who somehow publish their thoughts in a journal or a book are entitled to USE their brains, is wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
The awesome thing about blogs is that so many people with different perspectives get to provide insight on various issues. I mean, even kids (so long as they know how to type) can give their two cents on any given topic. And we ought to listen to what they have to say. Because blogging allows for us to learn from ANYONE, really.
You don’t need to be rich to blog. You don’t have to be the CEO of a company. You don’t have to have 53,000 Twitter followers. And you don’t have to have 5 diplomas hanging on your wall. If you have thoughts, you’re able to put them out there. And I think that this diversity in ideas and in thought patterns is absolutely invaluable.
2. They Create the Opportunity for Oh-So-Important Dialogue
You know that wonderful little box at the end of most blogs that lets you comment on what you’ve read? Well, it’s kind of the bomb. Because comment boxes allow us to engage in dialogue.
Communication… Something that a lot of people these days are forgetting how to participate in.
While I’m not knocking journals and books, I think that blogs do provide additional value in that they allow for readers to reflect on things that they’ve read, and then engage in that dialogue immediately. Sometimes readers disagree with what they’ve read. Sometimes readers love it! Sometimes readers decide to share their own experiences, and like #1, this allows for various shared perspectives.
So yes, I’m definitely a fan of the comment box!
3. They Provide Real-Time Analyses of Situations
This one’s easy. Things are always happening. There are issues and problems and conferences that people are attending and new thoughts that are being introduced every. single. minute. of every day.
And while yes, it’s great if you can talk about these things in a fancy-pants journal, here’s the problem…
Journals and books take SO LONG to publish.
With blogs, you don’t have to wait.
You can experience/witness something and open your laptop, write, and publish. All of this in less than 15 mins. Heck- you can even do it from your phone these days! You don’t even need a computer.
And in this society that we live in…where we want updates and information 24/7…blogs definitely help us stay up-to-date on recent happenings.
4. Easy, Simple, and FREE Disbursement of Knowledge!
Maybe you catch up on all your favorite blogs first thing in the morning. Maybe you do it on your lunch break. Regardless, throughout the day, you’re bound to come across a post that you absolutely love…something you know is worth sharing.
Now with a book or a journal, you can see something you like and you can recommend that your friends check it out, but it requires time and money and energy…which let’s face it… few people have these days.
But blogs are amazing because you can share thoughts and ideas in like 2.5 seconds! You see something you want to share? AWESOME! Grab the link. Copy. Paste. Post on Facebook. Post on Twitter. Send link via text, etc. Some blogs have made it so easy that you just need to click a button.
So yea, I don’t know about you, but I’m all about free knowledge. And if it’s simple and easy to access, even better.
5. Connections All Over the World
When I’m chatting with someone from New Zealand, that’s pretty freaking awesome! I mean, I don’t travel often (since I’m poor), yet it’s such a great experience to be able to connect with people from all over the world. Not only is it super-cool, but connecting with industry professionals who happen to live on different continents is also a great opportunity to expand your network. Who knows? Maybe one day you’ll find yourself in New Zealand, unemployed, and the many connections you’ve made over the years will provide you with opportunities that may otherwise not have been possible.
So, that’s it! Let’s stop hating blogs. Let’s stop hating bloggers. Because we all have something to contribute. And we don’t lose anything by gaining additional perspectives.
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