Blogosphere is a place where various types of personalities meet through their blogs but it is better than social networking sites and chat rooms. Chat rooms are mostly filled with dumb jerks or perverts or desperate guys with girl ids!! Social networking websites have their own set of problems like fake profiles, misuse of personal information etc.
One may argue that these can happen in blog world too. But in blogosphere a blogger’s thoughts, nature and personality are reflected through his/her posts and of course more so when he/she uses real identity. Its not possible to sustain an image of what you are not in your writings for long. And then if we meet someone of our mental wavelength & liking, we can befriend them. Its easy to interact with such known persons. Nowadays with bloggers’ meet happening all the time, this friendship transcends the virtual world and people become friends in real life too. As for misusing personal information, it depends on the blogger how much he/she reveals on his/her blog! Some reveal quite a lot of personal information and some reveal nothing at all. But yes, I admit blogs suffer from the problem of trolls and spam comments but one can always block them!
According to Hugh McLeod “I guess my point is, if you’re one of these people considering giving up on blogging in exchange for paying more attention to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MySpace, or whatever they throw at us mere mortals, bear in mind you are giving up on something rather unique and wonderful.”
Except Facebook, I am quite active on social networking websites especially Twitter but still no scrap or re-tweet beats the pleasure of receiving comments on a blog post which is churned out after a lot of thought, time and hard work of typing and formatting!! Even if I don’t tweet for several days, there is hardly anyone who will ask “Where is @Reema?” even if I have 500 followers. But if my blog is not updated for a long time, few readers do ask me “why no new posts?” even if the number of readers is very less than the number of followers on Twitter. So I think there is more real “connection” via blogs than social networking websites. Further, it feels far better to know someone likes to read my thoughts and opinions rather than my wall updates or what I am doing at present.
So tell me what is your viewpoint on the issue of blogs versus social networking websites?
“If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.”
It has been quite long since I started blogging. My circle of blogging friends has been changing continuously. Some bloggers stop updating their blogs, some new ones get added to blog roll and so forth. I really miss my first circle of bloggers which I had when I was a newbie. 😦
On this Friendship day I would like to remember all of my old and new blogger friends and wish them a very Happy Friendship Day. It is very important to have friends 😀
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