Is Blogging a Good Idea?

As I have watched the daily scroll of entries on the “motherblog”, I have seen a number of people who talk about the dangers or uneasiness of blogging.  I don’t necessarily share their point of view, but am glad that they took the time to share it with me.  I like looking at issues from all different directions.  And with that thought, I want to offer a strange thought.

What if Eve had blogged?

posted by user EVE on Day 1, 11:43 pm.

So today, Adam was taking a nap (something about still recovering from his rib injury) so I decided to take a walk around the garden.  I don’t know the names for half the things I see, but they are pretty.  Especially the flowers.  So there I was, checking it out, when this serpent started talking to me.  Now, I don’t know if  you have ever heard of a talking snake, but I sure hadn’t.  Once I got over the shock, we chatted a while.  Nice enough guy, but I guess I really don’t have many to compare him to.  But, he didn’t sound very snake-like.  He wants to talk again tomorrow, over by the apple tree.  I figure Adam will likely be napping again, so why not?  Well, time for bed.

comment by user ADAM on Day 2, 7:28 am.

Snakes here can talk?  Cool.

comment by user GOD on Day 2, 8:11 am.

Eve, don’t go near the tree.  I warned you.

Now, okay, before the religious among us have a fit, I am not poking fun at your beliefs.  But it is a story that everyone knows and everyone knows the outcome.  But what if she had received these comments?  Would she have still acted the same way?  Or would her interactions with those she didn’t normally see or hear from alter her way of thinking?

Another less known example would be someone like Isaac Newton.  There are rumors that another, a Frenchman, had similar thoughts at the same time, but never published them.  Can you imagine if the two of them had been in contact?  Able to bounce thoughts back and forth at the speed of light and feed off of each other’s ideas?  Would physics have advanced faster?  Would we already have warp drive capability?

Now, I can see that blogging is not for everyone.  And, when you are talking to a friend or your mother or someone you know, a blog is a pretty inefficient medium.  But, what if your thoughts on science or evolution or just life touch something in a stranger?  What if those seemingly worthless bits of data that flowed from your keyboard (kinda like a lot of my posts) actually took root in the mind of another?  What if you can make a new connection that leads to intellectual or personal growth for you both?  Is that chance worth the effort?

I think so.  Therefore, I blog.

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2 Responses to Is Blogging a Good Idea?

  1. LOVE THIS! I do often wonder how much peer pressure (peer involvement?) in online forms of communication changes how we interact with each other, either positively or negatively. I know I’ve second-guessed putting something on FB/Twitter/etc. because I know a parent/coworker/the-person-I’m-actually-mad-at is reading. So that’s a positive thing–keeping me from ranting and hurting someone. But, negatively, I do wonder if we stifle our creativity online because people might think it “stupid.” Or, conversely, we feel safer posting things to The Internets because we don’t *have* to see people’s faces respond to our writing.

    … Of course, then, there’s that awkward moment when you post something “brilliant” on Facebook, and your husband, sitting on the couch and also on Facebook, looks at you, shakes his head, and just asks, “Really?!” … yeaaah…

  2. Great post. So many of us still look at the internet and blogging as a source of information and not as a communication tool that breaks all geographic and cultural barriers. This post also makes me think about human nature as it relates to the sharing of ideas. Most folks, I think, have a dilemma about sharing information. On one hand, we want to learn and expand, but on the other hand, we want recognition. What would have Newton done? Risk a loss of recognition for the greater purpose of progressing science? I think that some see blogging as a way for others to steal ideas, and thus might partly explain some of the hesitancy.

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