Blogging is a great outlet to convey thoughts and feelings about matters of concern to us, or about hobbies that we enjoy thoroughly. It is about issues, interests, and passions. And it is about time.

Blogging can assist many people in expressing how they feel about specific subjects through a comfortable forum. It also allows interested readers to access information quickly. To this end, the internet has surpassed many traditional news media because of its convenience and varying positions on current events. Many people receive their daily news and entertainment through blogs.

The media has wisely tapped into the blogging movement so that they are a key part of it. Many of the news installations such as MSNBC and CNN have sites where people comment on the articles posted and discuss current affairs. This provides a wonderful outlet to commend or complain about the media coverage in a medium where others can read it. According to some interesting facts listed on www.blogworldexpo.com:

· Over 12 million American adults currently maintain a blog. · More than 147 million Americans use the Internet. · Over 57 million Americans read blogs. · 1.7 million American adults list making money as one of the reasons they blog.

· 9% of internet users say they have created blogs.

· 6% of the entire US adult population has created a blog.

· Over 120 thousand blogs are created every day.

· There are over 1.4 million new blog posts every day.

· 22 of the 100 most popular websites in the world are blogs.

· 37% of blog readers began reading blogs in 2005 or 2006.

· Blog readers average 23 hours online each week.

Blogging is a relatively new way to communicate one’s views openly or behind a veil of security. An article in an April 2007 issue of Business Week discussed the pros and cons of blogging for business. “Excited to try out a new way of connecting with folks online, people flocked to blogging. But after 3 months on average, most bloggers realize that writing about their politics, launch haunts, or co-workers isn’t for them, says Adam Sarner, an analyst at researcher Gartner Inc. Sarner argues that, since the audience reading blogs continues to grow, this classic tech cycle of hype and maturity is good news for the remaining blogs. Those left standing are the influencers that attract audiences and advertisers.” (www.businessweek.com/the_thread/blogspotting/)

There are those who believe blogging can be detrimental and offer no real benefits. Personally, I have had a good experience with it. I love writing about matters that are close to my heart, and about new ones. I enjoy expressing my views (and oftentimes other interesting and timely perspectives) where other people can read about something that they may not have otherwise, becoming more informed in the process.

Admittedly, I have also experienced the bad and the ugly. What makes the blogging journey for me challenging is the rudeness and lack of fortitude of other people. It is for this reason that some people I know personally dismiss blogging as a notion, a phase. But blogging has enlightened me, and I will not allow those without class, veracity, and integrity deter me from articulating my views. I know people can be ill-mannered and self-righteous; this is life and thus it will never change. What interests me about these types of people is that blogging allows them to hide behind pseudonyms and anonymity to express their obtuse actions and their elitist conduct without being physically faced. Alas, common decency and manners cannot be bought or taught. Blogging is thus a double edge sword: people with no integrity, no gumption, and no class can write along with people of civility, ethics, and compassion. It is so simple and yet pure genius!

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