I am a blog newbie. In fact for the longest time I have really felt like blogs were just more noise and distraction on the internet and something I didn’t have time to read or care about. I am excited to dive more into this media during our course and learn more about the positives of this outlet.
When the word “blog” came into my world, all I could think about was “What are blogs? A diary? A place to be an expert? Who are all these people? And what the heck are they writing about? Who cares what this guy has to say?” Honestly in the past I hardly saw the purpose or how this forum could contribute to my world at all.
However one of the most influential blogs I have came across was Alicia’s Story featured on the San Francisco Chronicle’s website sfgate.com http://www.sfgate.com/alicia/ Ten years ago I started following Alicia’s posts, little did I know it was a blog! I called them articles. We were the same age and her posts were heartbreaking and inspiring. She was diagnosed with cancer and was blogging about it. I was captivated and followed her until she passed away. Even though I never met her I felt as though she was a close friend that I cared about and prayed for. I wrote her as she came close to her death just letting her know how inspiring her story was to me.
Other blogs I have come across and enjoyed are mostly foodie blogs. My favorite is Zoe Francois’ http://www.zoebakes.com my obsession with her sweets and treats started 5 years ago when I had one of her devil’s food cupcakes at a party. It was love at first bite. I like her posts because she is a master chef and makes her exquisite recipes easy to follow. She posts step by step instructions with pictures so you can follow along. I made her sugar plum pie (and her pie crust from scratch!) It was beautiful and a huge hit on Christmas.
Another blog I followed was my friend’s travel blog. She was spending time in Guatemala in a spanish immersion program and blogging about her time there. She posted pictures of her experience, quotes from people she met, and memories. It was a wonderful to stay connected and share this experience with her.
So how do I feel about blogs now? I am learning to appreciate them and am excited to explore more.