Blogging. Sharing knowledge. Expressing yourself – and the world is watching, reading, and listening along. That just blows my mind. But it also scares the hell out of me…
I think, what scares me is the notion of the global and total presence of yourself. It is like leaving the cozy, familiar nest of anonymity to enter the unknown, scary world (wide web) of bloggers. My initial reaction to blogging That is definitely not for me. Totally out of my comfort zone! I can almost hear my parents say “Do not to talk to strangers!” Their warning made sense to me back then and it still does. Now, although clearly well intended, my parents may have partially contributed to my blogging insecurities. Because one thing is clear: Blogging surely encompasses engaging, communicating, and interacting with strangers.
Last week’s class discussion about blogging, however, made me think of blogging as a little bit more than just interacting with strangers. It is a tool to organize my thoughts, develop opinions, outline ideas and – first and foremost – practice formulating these thoughts, opinions, and ideas. This is easier said than “blogged”. Another parental advice comes to mind…. “Use Your Words!” Do I put more time and effort into expressing my thoughts, opinions, and ideas when nobody reads them or when everyone could read them? I would say the latter.
Mind-blowing. And scary.