Blogging Literacy, Trends, and Journalism
Posted by miriamannelevy
Back in the days of LiveJournal and MySpace I got into the groove of writing blogs for everyone to see. I would primarily write about emotionally driven subjects that nobody would ever listen to in person. There was some fun in waiting to see if anyone would comment or view the posts that I made. I especially loved DeviantArt because I could get public feedback over artistic pieces I posted online. Over time the concept of privacy and permissions became more popular so I stayed with social media platforms that only displayed content to people I knew. Additionally, the culture of blogging changed as well.
These days I use blogs for sourcing a lot of my information for work. I read technology blogs often to get first hand experiences of how to create things with certain technologies. They often give new perspectives that you cannot find from any book. You can also publicly solve problems online with groups of people you would not be able to find locally. This aspect of technology blogs is a great way for engineers to network or get hired with new companies. Technology blogging gives a great feeling of community and inspiration.
This article highlights the trends in blogging in today’s digital world. Blogs are bringing more graphical inspiration, less comments, more content, and more inspiration. Many blogs don’t even have one dedicated blogger, but a collaboration of many influential writers. In regards to graphical inspiration, you can observe the new, or not so new, trend of food blogging. Rather than a lengthy post about one topic, food blogs have a specific graphical standard they are upheld to. Many food bloggers benefit from a great camera to take pictures of the food. I will find myself choosing recipes specifically for the beautiful pictures, regardless of whether or not the recipe seems to make sense. I find myself actually trusting visual aids more than the content of the articles. And I can’t seem to stop myself.
Upon reading many of the articles on blogging literacy, I find myself wondering what the real difference between a blog and a news outlet is. I suppose at this point they seem to be the same, as many examples listed, like Huffington Post, are treated like news outlets. Now that everything has a digital version it is hard to differentiate between the two, especially when the content is the same. Additionally, certain goals seem the same, more content and more viewers. Unfortunately, the concept of journalism does not seem like a shared goal. With the emerging technology, trusted sources of news may not be so easy to find.
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