Pillars of literature have spent their formative years filling out the pages of their diaries.In time, their written words earned immense value and their diaries have been kept as one of their greatest masterpieces of all time.
Anne Frank and Ellie Wiesel’s diaries set good examples.
Newer generation of writers, nonetheless, managed to step into the limelight by developing their own websites and injecting contents that effectively compel the young and modern readers. Blogging has made it all possible.
Blogs as the Modern Version of Journals
The word blog has then become synonymous to “journaling” with the modern sense.Whereas writing on a spiral bound notebook seemed to take a lot of work and effort years go, it now takes simple keyboard tapping to perform online journaling…and claim all definitive benefits that come with it.
Blogging for self expression leaves a room where individuals can showcase their creativity. But ultimately, Internet users are lured into keeping blogs by the presence of audience.
Writing articles for website publication have then transformed a lot of vigilant young adults into unabashed proponents of journalism. Blogs has become an avenue where struggling writers are given the chance to be heard by wide range of audiences.
Most users who keep a blog may express their personal views and opinions through writing. It is through writing that they can pour out bottled emotions and judgments which may be difficult to let out in day-to-day conversations.
Artists alike are enjoying this new method of virtual self-expression. Blogs then use their personal page to share their photographs, paintings and other artworks they particularly find great pride in. It is through artful blogs that individuals create a community with a shared interest.
It also helps people understand the bloggers’ unique flow of thoughts and distinct behaviours. Several psychologists seized this opportunity to prove the therapeutic effects of self-expression in blogging.
Blogging Helps Socially Awkward Teens
A research conducted by students from the University of Haifa showed significant effects of blogging on the way teens socialize.
While blogging is often seen as a self-indulgent online activity, it may be a way for many teens to overcome social problems with its benefits from reinforced social connectivity.
The same experiment facilitated by Israeli researchers among 161 teens aged 14 to 17 revealed that self-expression in blogs help teenagers conquer isolation from the difficulty of socializing. Frequent writing on blogs (at least twice a week) healed their social anxiety and distress from interactions at school.
Previous studies conducted back this claim. It has been found that writing traumatic experience into a coherent narrative contributes to fast recovery from post traumatic stress disorders and depression.
New Technologies for Easier Blogging
Advancements in technology have made it possible for the bloggers to add more personal touches to their blogs. High-speed mobile broadband, for one, facilitates fast upload of photos, videos, and other multimedia files right after they were taken using mobile phones.
Even those with fickle personalities find this connection highly convenient. They can, after all, revamp the interface of the blogs during their free time. Mobile broadband allows them to download new templates and apply new designs on a whim.
Major Caveats in Keeping Blogs
Bloggers who deem themselves lacking with self-censorship abilities may opt to place their page in a private setting – especially when their self expression can potentially offend a group of readers.
And though blogs can give a fun pastime where one can showcase skills of an artist, it practically gives the audiences something for free. Thus, bloggers face the risk of having their works stolen. In this vein, it is imperative to take precautions before uploading anything on the Internet.
It is a must to protect the contents through methods that bloggers see fit. One can buy copyrights from reputable sites that make it impossible for thieves to get a copy of any photo or text from the blog. Another method is to place a water mark on the multimedia files.