Blogging may transform your life

Blogging is still too new for all of its long-term effects to be
charted, but I am seeing trends that could be quite disruptive if they
are happening on a global scale. πŸ™‚

I have been blogging since October 2003 and have seen a steady
progression of changes in my writing, my work habits, and even in my
attitudes as a result of what I write.

The information provided in blogs may change the lives of those that
read it, but the continuous process of gathering information, analyzing
it and then packaging it for easy consumption effects a transformation
in the lives of those who blog.

I see a steady evolution in myself toward event or news-blogging. I
see something worthwhile, or amusing, or memorable and I want to write
about it. I may write about items I see in other weblogs, but more and
more I want to capture the shining moments of life as they happen.

It is a subtle transformation, and it still amuses me when I whip
out a notebook and approach some stranger and ask if they would mind
being interviewed for an online article. I start out by giving them my
current writer/publisher/blogger business card and I usually end up
taking pictures. Since I am only doing this because I am truly
interested in them, the interview is effortless and we both have a good

As a result, I am generating post material almost faster than I can
publish it. I have a small stack of interviews to post in the coming
weeks. Since the interviews are not time-dependent, I can position them
for maximum effect and do the necessary background research to round
out the story.

I am also conscious of the need to become better at interviewing
people. I have no trouble with putting them at ease, but I need to
learn what questions to ask in order to bring out their side of the
story. I am sure there is material written about this, but I wince at
the banality of the questions asked by typical journalists, so I need
to do some research.

In short, I am becoming an active chronicler of life as well as a observer/participant.

What happens when thirty percent of the population start doing the
same? As cellphone cameras and WiFi networks become ubiquitous, we may
see a tapestry of 24 x 7 documentation as never before.

The more likely scenario is that more and more people will regard
this as an art form to explore, the capturing of memorable events and
artifacts for posterity.

We already know, even if mainstream media doesn’t, that unleashing
public opinion through millions of online outlets has a cumulative
effect on the perception of events. Events that were once happily
choreographed by mainstream media are now fact-checked daily by
millions of interested people who have more expertise than the talking
heads on TV or the columnists of the dead-tree media. This will
probably lead to a new breed of media where blogger comments appear on
editorial pages and on TV news panels as counterpoint to the
"manufactured news" of the day.

This is all well and good, but it is only the tip of the iceberg in my
opinion. I think the historically significant effect of blogging will
be on the individuals who blog.

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0 Responses to Blogging may transform your life

  1. Charu says:

    David, it is very interesting the way you see the evolution of blogging… as a chronicler (and blogs as chronicles), it looks like you have come full circle – remembering that blogs also started out as live journals – places to record one’s life events – it is still a fine line between recording / chronicling one’s personal observations and going off on a meme track – and your blog always stays on the right side of this tricky line πŸ™‚

  2. I found that blogging helped move me from being withdrawn from life to interacting with my life again. It really helped me overcome part of my depression. I’m moving from sounding cold and academic (as one of my friends describes it) to being a bit more personal and human in my posts.

  3. jeff says:

    I just started blogging and while it hasn’t changed my life it has made me more aware of the world around me. It is also making me more creative.

  4. Rick Barnich says:

    I’m not sure how I found your weblog, but I have been tracking it regularily for about six months. In fact, it’s at the top of my list of blogs I read regularily.
    I’ve been working as hardware/software engineer for coming up on 37 years. I’ve always worked at the “bleeding” edge of technology. I wont bore you with the facts, but suffice it to say, I’m not risk averse. To the contrary, I’ve always found it exciting to work at the forefront of technology.

    While designing at the leading edge, I’ve always found it intresting that I’ve seldom embraced the technologies enabled by those designs. The other day, while emptying closets to lay new carpet, I came across a container holding microprocessor chips that I had used in early designs. One, in particular, was an Intel 8080 with a 1973 datecode. The computers I’d designed had predated the S100 Bus & Altair 8800 computers by over a year.
    What I find interesting is that, in view of this, I didn’t own a personal computer until 1985.

    More to the point or your post, I’m only now embracing blogging. Not what you would call an early adopter! We are at the forefront of a revolution. One has only to look at the internet related applications being developed to realize that we are entering an era of unparalled communication.

    Yes, blogging will surely change our lives!

  5. David:

    A good friend of mine who inspired me to Blog directed me to your site. I must say that your comments are insightful and yes, we will see a radical shift (I hate that overused word paradigm) by the end of this decade.

    I also believe that blogs will help with some of the trends that we have seen educationally and socially over last decade such as the erosion of writing and grammatical skills in our schools, along with stimulating new and creative ideas. From what I have witnessed in the 18 to 25 year old demographic, it has already changed the way they interact and communicate socially.

    As the internet becomes more and more ubiquitous, I believe we will see blogs morph into a place where they become more of a portal, a portal that is two-way. Blogs will be where we uniquely express ourselves as a window into the world and a place where the world comes to us.

    TITLE: Why Blog?
    BLOG NAME: ktoddstorch @ business thoughts
    DATE: 06/02/2005 03:55:05 PM
    I get this question mostly now from friends that usually always say,

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