A lot of the internet aficionados right now have been hooked up to creating and updating their daily blogs. Blogs, short for weblogs, are one of the latest craze this generation has been experimenting on. Examining its primary definition as defined by Wikipedia, a blog is “a type of website where entries are made, such as in a journal or diary, displayed in a reverse chronological order.” As expounded, blogs usually provide commentaries or news on a particular subject, such as current events on local and world arenas, politics, economics, or even up to the most interpersonal relationships of people.
The habit of blogging has propagated swiftly from 1997 (the year blogging was born) up to the present. If during the first three years of blogging, there were only about twenty to thirty blogs that were created, now, with the media promoting it, thousands of blogs are created every single day. The concept of blogging has boomed even in just a matter of years mainly due to the proliferation of free-weblog creation programs.
Its foremost use is to give information on certain topics the author is blogging. Blogs are meant as a medium for intellectual discussions, educational forums and business transactions. Therefore, in any of this event, blogs should be created responsibly. Proper decorum is the unwritten rule in this kind of set-up.
Now, our concept of blogs is even broadened therefore not just limiting on its fundamental function which is share information. It has become a means of entertainment – the main reason blogging has gain popularity. Blogging has become a hobby for people who find a great deal in interacting with the virtual world. It has also been used as a channel for self-expression. Bloggers (those who create blogs) have considered this fad their sort of diary or journal where they can write up to the most personal grounds they wish to share and be known to fellow bloggers down to the typical internet users. Since creating blogs over the net in these days are totally for free, the remaining issue left is on how responsible or not the bloggers are, how they use it efficiently or not. The very point here is that this tool of free expression will remain free and will remain yours if you value the dignity and privacy of others. True, because in this system of interaction with others, “personal dignity outweighs freedom of speech.” I’ve read an article about a Chinese professor who won a suit against a blog hosting site. The said professor won the lawsuit because the website refused to remove remarks, which he deemed foul, thus exploited his dignity as an individual. In response, the court ordered the said site to pay the complainant one thousand yuan. Also, the court ordered blogsites to practice accountability in blog postings, review every complaint received and delete any material considered offensive.
My opinion on this matter would be this: blog as long as you can and as long as you love to, but blog not just for blog’s sake but for the finest intentions one can attain without contravening other people’s personal discretion.