When I was in second grade I think blogging would have been pointless for where technology was when I was that young. Where technology is and where it is going, it is perfectly relevant for second graders to learn how to blog. Blogging is a good way to be introduced to writing online especially if it is a personal blog. You can write whatever and however you want, of course people are going to criticize you, but that’s only going to make you better at writing online. Second graders now have cell phones, laptops and all sorts of gadgets that I didn’t have when I was that age so I think it is important for them to learn how to use what they have. This doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with children that young having these means for technology, but if they have it they might as well know how to use it. I believe that if we thought it was hard to sensor our children before it is going to be even harder now, so it’s important for not just the second grader to know how to use the technology, but also for the parents to know how too.
I really am not a fan of politics because of the negative campaigning. I feel like that’s not helping me decide anything for my country. How am I going to know if I am choosing the right person when all these people are doing is bashing on other candidates? I don’t care about what you think of that candidate, I wanna know what you think of yourself and what your ideas are. If politicians are always bashing on other candidates how am I going to know who really is the right person for the job? Negative campaigning does not work on me, but the problem is that they all do it! So I have a hard time deciding who I think is effective and who is the right person. That is why I don’t like politics. I think it is important for me to be informed and want to have something to do with this countries future, but how can I do that when I don’t believe in what they candidates are doing?
Obviously negative campaigning works on almost everyone else though. People take one look at someone’s ad about “so and so did this ten years ago, do you want them running your country?” Yeah okay buddy, what the hell were you doing ten years ago? Better look at yourself before you bash other people, make sure your hands are clean. Besides people make mistakes and people change, I want to know what the candidates are like now and what they are going to do to fix our country.
Writing for me has always been a way to cope with my emotions, I do really well not starting with a topic and just writing. This makes me a pretty good creative writer, but in turn I’m not so good at writing in a scholarly way. Being someone who likes to write, blogs are a great thing for me. It’s a way for me to put out there what I feel for people who don’t know me in any way to see, that way the people I really care about can’t judge me. Blogs are a great thing.
Blogging for class is a whole other story. To be honest I really don’t mind it when I can make up a topic for myself, but when I am handed a topic that I don’t know so much about or that I don’t really care about it is hard to go on talking about it. My writing style suffers when I’m just not into what I’m writing. The way I am making this sound is that I really don’t like blogging for class, but in certain situations I do. In my Topics in Mass Comm: Social Media class we blog about how we feel about something in the media; it’s kind of like an extension of what we talked about in class. It makes it easier for me to give my opinions in writing than actually speaking them. I know I may seem like one of those people who isn’t afraid to say anything, but I really worry about the way people will judge me on what I have to say. Writing in a blog makes me worry less about what people will think, I have no idea why, but it does.
I like having discussions with people on topics via blogs because I don’t have to come back with an answer right away like I would in a face to face conversation. If I disagree with something that they say then I can take a while and get my facts straight before I comment back. A lot of people talk without thinking, even when their opinion is wrong they just keep going and I do not want to be that person. If you are going to have an opinion that is going to open a disagreement, get your facts straight so you don’t look like an idiot.
I don’t know if our blogs should be public, I guess I really don’t have much of an opinion about that. I have a blog that I just free write on and that is public and it doesn’t bother me so I am neutral about it.