I really don’t enjoy writing. It’s just something that I have never particularly liked doing. I think one of the reasons why I don’t enjoy writing is because of the formality that comes with writing. I like writing in a more conversational way rather than in a strict format, because even though my writing may not be as structured, I am able to get my point across in a clearer way. Because I never enjoyed writing in a professional manner, my writing skills weren’t as developed so I would avoid writing at all costs. With blogging becoming a popular trend as of late, I think that we (especially high school and college students) should capitalize on this and get involved in blogging. Because blogging is informal and conversational, it is easy to get involved and write. If blogging will get young adults to write (about anything) it will get them thinking and reflecting, not just on their own ideas, but other people’s thoughts and ideas as well. I also think that the ability to comment on other people’s posts and agree/disagree/debate them is a great tool to get people to really think critically and expand their thought horizons.
One site online mentions philosophy blogging and how it can be useful in an academic setting. The author describes philosophy blogging as “exploring and writing up ideas that I would otherwise never get around to.” I think this can be extremely important and applicable in a college setting because you get the students excited and enthused to write about something that they never have before. College is the time to fully explore and act on all of our thoughts and ideas, and blogging (both reading and writing) makes us aware of what everyone around us is saying.
Some feel that blogging is informal and a waste of time, but I disagree. Blogging gets people reading, writing, thinking and reflecting. If we have these thoughts but they aren’t written down, are they really valuable? No. We need to have our thoughts and ideas documented in some form and blogging makes that possible. Blog on and share your thoughts. Comment on other people’s blogs. Defend your thoughts and criticize ideas that you don’t believe in. I think our generation in particular can benefit from this form of interaction.