Good morning everyone!
Today, we took a small step backward to talk more about blogging in relation to personal narrative. We watched Mena Trott’s “How Blogs Are Building a Friendlier World”:
Mena’s anecdotes showed both the social benefits as well as the more problematic challenges of blogging about our personal selves to a vast digital audience. In response to her Banjo post, she had been surprised and dismayed to find that readers rose to her defense in a negative attitude toward her husband. “Those who knew me would get the joke,” she said; however, people who did not know her personally did not understand the context of her post and misconstrued it.
However, her story about Candygirl, a blogger who wrote during the last few months of her struggle with cancer, and the story of Baby Odin, whose recovery was documented day by day, show a different side to blogs that is much less “scary”–in that regardless of the audience, the act of blogging and connecting with others in cyberspace offered them the opportunity for a kind of emotional healing, and made them available to be supported.
So while it is important to be responsible with what information you share online, it is also crucial to remember that what you write is significant in that can reflect the humanity of both the writer and the reader.
Have a great weekend!