Monday, May 19, 2008

What Has Blogging Taught You??

I was sitting here thinking about blogging and why I do it. What is the benefit of blogging? What do I learn from blogging? What has blogging done for me? What have I contributed to it or learned from it? If you don’t learn anything or gain anything or contribute anything than why bother??

So I have listed some of the things that I have learned from, gained from or contributed to the Blogosphere as a whole. This is in no way an all-inclusive list it is just some highlights.

  1. Some people are nicer and more tolerant on the blogs than they would be in person.
  2. Blogging allows you to get your entire thought out without being cut off or interrupted.
  3. Blogs give you an unmatched, uncensored freedom of speech.
  4. Blogs allow you to meet and be exposed to cultures and people that you would not necessarily have come in contact with otherwise.
  5. Blogs are an awesome learning tool, the diversity of topics is endless and the opportunities to learn are boundless.
  6. I have met new people and made new “friends” and acquaintances that are outside of my city, state, country, culture, race, religion, ethnicity, sex, but what connects us is our HUMANITY.
  7. I have shared my beliefs, my family, my experiences, my knowledge and my love with others outside of my regular comfort zone (this evidenced by the people who continue to come by and leave me comments or send me emails. THANK YOU!)

There have been a few detractors from the feel good vibe I get from blogging! But I do live in the real world and know that there is a good and bad side to everything.

  1. I have run into racist comments twice while blogging (not on my blog but while commenting on other blogs) once on a “white” blog and once on a “black” blog. Both blogs were spouting racist rhetoric, and both blogs are garbage! Be VERY careful people, RACISM goes both ways and do unto others as you want done unto you!
  2. There appears to be a mini-battle of sorts going on between the “white” blogosphere and the “black” afrosphere. HELLO!! People the World Wide Web is big enough for ALL of us. Besides there is a HUGE number of Malaysian and Filipino bloggers kicking down the door!
  3. There is a faction of people who will seriously try to argue with you about YOUR opinion! News Flash – If you don’t agree with me, make your comment and keep it moving, or stop reading and move on. But to argue with the blog author is bad form and just down right rude! If you want to discuss things further, then email the person off line. Common Courtesy goes both ways!
  4. And lastly, if you are an entrecard user, you will probably get more drops if your entrecard is in the top half of your blog above the fold so people don’t have to search through your entire blog to find your drop spot! If you are hiding your drop spot in between postings or at the bottom of your page just to force people to preview your whole blog you will probably LOSE traffic. I’m just saying…

Well that is it for now! Leave me a comment and let me know what blogging has done for you! Please, please share, I want to know!!!

Peace & Love!

28 People Saying Something!

Mema

People are funny; or maybe I should say they are somewhat sad! When will we learn that everyone has an opinion. You don't have to agree with it; but you should be able to respect their right to have one.

Flowers come in various types and hues. We mix them together for flare and beauty, and we call it a bouquet.
People come in various types and hues and we hate them because they are different.
Maybe to God we are like a bouquet.

People are funny! Instead of learning from someone who is different, people spend their time hating a person because they are different.
Everyone is not nice, but that has nothing to do with their color. It has to do with their heart. You can change your heart, but you can not change your color, and you did not chose your color, God did.

I think that God is smarter than I am, so He must have a reason for mixing us up the way He did. I don't believe it was to see if we could destroy each other. We mix up plants because it makes the bouquet look and smell better. Get the hint? I enhance you and you enhance me.

Well enough said. Thanks Regina for being who you are!

common mom 19 May, 2008 13:52

Blogging - I love that when something happens, I can immediately tell someone. I can share what's going on in my life and what my feelings are. On my blog, I'm ME, not Princess and Dude's Mom ;-) I love that I've "met" so many wonderful people. What an amazing feeling to feel so connected to people you've never met face to face . . . there are so many wonderful people out there and it's nice to get to meet people you never would have crossed paths with. Blogging gives me a place to vent when necessary, without necessarily making someone listen to it. I've said it and that's that . . . nobody actually has to read it if they don't want to, but it sure makes me feel better. I love that people are so supportive, for the most part.

There is so much I love about blogging - but mostly I like how I get to say what I want to say and leave it at that. I love the comments and input and dialog. I always wondered how I'd know if someone was genuine on a blog . . . but it's weird how you can just tell. People aren't inspired to write about things they don't believe in. You can tell when it's "made up" or too "thought out."

It grounds me to read about other people's lives . . .I realize that I have it really good and I want to help and support those who may be struggling at the moment, for whatever reason. It's amazing how a simple comment of support can make me feel better on a lousy day, even if it's just a virtual hug.

I could go on and on and on...

Random thoughts on what blogging has done for me :-)

Shelia 19 May, 2008 17:19

REGINA!!!!!!

Hey girl, I know it's been a minute, but I've been busy as heck. Things have settled down a bit, and even though I'm still running today, I can at least take the time to say hello.

I hope that all is well.

~~Shelia

mama meji 20 May, 2008 04:56

I hear ya. You definitely hit the bullseye.

Blogging has given me a chance to meet other people (well in the Blogsphere) from other side of the globe. And has given me the chance to air my thoughts..and put some things in proper perspective by writing them.

Jenaisle 20 May, 2008 05:53

Blogging has allowed me to do what I always wanted to do - write my stories and allow people to read them. I have experienced too what you mentioned above - new friends - across cultures and races.

And I have also learned that there is still great hope for the world, because majority of humanity are good and helpful people.

bluedreamer27 20 May, 2008 08:39

blogging thaught me a lot of things
it help me to enhances my self esteem
develop my skills added knowledge in my brain, gave me a way to open friendship to others, gave me an opportunity to show my creativeness,
blogging changes evrything in me all for good

Thoughts of a Southern gal 20 May, 2008 09:41

Blogging has allowed me to connect with other people, get other's opinions, and to release my thoughts.

Tidbits Of Tammy 20 May, 2008 11:22

Great post you hit all the right points.

And mema your words are so beautiful and wise. Great analogy.

I just don't understand why it makes a difference what color we are especially when we are in the blogosphere. A great read is a great read no matter what color the author is.
I Love You All! We are all just a color in God's rainbow!

Danielle 20 May, 2008 11:55

Hi Regina - I like this post. Blogging has allowed me to release everything that's in my head and heart. Sometimes it's hilarious and sometimes is dumb, but you know what? It's me and I like that.

I've been able to meet great folks, scope out alot of lunacy and I've become even more discerning about those I allow in my space.

I've also learned that you get what you give. If you create a good vibe and good content, you usually attract decent folks.

All the best Regina!

ShAĆ© - ShAĆ© 20 May, 2008 12:01

For me, blogging has confirmed that we are all here to share our thoughts and opinions and no matter what we may have originally thought or assumed about another person, or groups of people, we have clearly shown on a daily basis that we do tend to think alike, have some of the same goals, have passion in our subjects and have voices we want heard. Thanks for this post, it was wonderful.

Melanie 20 May, 2008 12:37

What a great post! I may have to steal this idea from you.

For me- the biggest thing blogging has taught me is that we are all so much more alike than we realize. There are so many times when I read someone's blog that I think "Wow, I could have written those exact words." I think I was pretty blind before- and for some reason didn't think people around the world could have the same thoughts and feelings as I do. How stupid is that. But, I've learned we all love our kids and families the same no matter where we are from. And we all want what is best- we may not agree on what is best or how to arrive there, but we are all just trying to do our best for our families.

Excellent post--- and I always love to read Mema's comment. Wow, she is one wise woman! When is she going to start a blog?

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T 20 May, 2008 13:48

so true, and u know i get the aurging faction alot

Talk..to..Grams 20 May, 2008 14:11

This was neat! I started blogging about a year ago! In June! It was like a life line for me!

We were so shut in at that time, and I was able to get out with out getting out of the house!!! It helped me so much! But I got carried away and bloged so much that I was spending WAY to much time doing this!!

When the laptop went out it was a blessing, really! I was able to step back and see how much time I was online. Now, I am NOT trying to go to all the the blogs on my side bar every day!!! Good Night Nurse!!! It took hours for me to do this!!!
Now I am returning to the blogs who have been at my comments and maybe a couple more Blogs and then I am off to do other stuff!!! If I feel really good once a week I might go to more blogs! I just don't feel like I have to go every where every day!!

Whew!!This doesn't mean I don't like to blog, I do! I just have to use some sense with it!! Ok, I didn't mean to write a book but you hit a button with me!!! Thanks for such a great post!! Love and hugs Grams

Pam 20 May, 2008 17:17

Great post Regina! Blogging is great, isn't it?!

THE MOM WITH BROWNIES 20 May, 2008 19:36

I dubbed you a Serious Christian Blogger for our new Serios Blogger Blogroll. :-)

Just wanted you to know. You can get a badge and the blogroll code on the Serious Blogger site if you want one. :-) It's optional.

I just wanted you to know your site was listed.

Shelly M.
The Mom With Brownies

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM 20 May, 2008 19:54

Great post. I love blogging and I know it sounds silly but I feel like I have made some nice friends and that I have a voice. I love reading other blogs and find people so fascinating. Blogging is such a relief from just being a stay at home mom.

clnmike 20 May, 2008 23:14

"What do I learn from blogging?"

Ive learned that I like talking a lot of ish!

Believer 1964 21 May, 2008 00:21

Excellent post and surely a stop on my Blog Safari this week. ;)

I encourage a sole post on the mini-battle of the blogsphere versus the afrosphere.

Blogging has been a tool to exercise my cerebral muscles, and given me an opportunity to share my view.

I know I speak for many, but I'm blessed to know you. God is working all up in the Internet!

DP

Regina this is a great post. Blogging allows me to get my voice and opinions out there, and to talk about whatever I choose in the way I choose. That helps to maintain sanity in an insane world.

Oh - and I get to take part in Old School Friday. That's reason enough to blog tight there!

Nairobian Perspective 21 May, 2008 09:12

interesting way of putting it!we share similar experiences but to blog we must continue!

Renna 21 May, 2008 15:50

What a great post! Your list of things you have learned from blogging is very similar to one I'd write, myself.

As to your second list, I'm so sorry for the rascism you've encountered. When I find rascism the most revolting is when it is expressed by believers. I wonder, do these people think we're going to be segregated in Heaven??

PS-Thanks for stopping by my blog today. :-)

crazy working mom 21 May, 2008 21:58

Very well said, on all accounts. I couldn't agree with you more. I love blogging and I am so glad that I do it. I've met so many folks and I am happy and PROUD to call myself a blogger.

Great tips, especially about Entrecard! :)

jjbrock 22 May, 2008 08:30

Hello Regina! Blogging has allowed me to pissed my husband off because I am blogging too much. Other than that I just love it.

Regina I am like you if someone has a view that I don't care for I don't go back. I don't try and change the blog owner opinion. I will leave a comment about something but if I think it's that deep I will go to my OWN and post about it because I can.

Hadias 22 May, 2008 13:33

The entrecard below the fold is a definite NO-NO.

I dont' t buy space on below the fold blogs.

theblackactor.com 22 May, 2008 18:10

It allows me to run my mouth. :) But more importantly, I really enjoy the comments and the commenters. I learn a lot from them and I am intereted in their voices and their comments and outlook. I enjoy the sense of community that I have tried to create at my blog.

Ana 25 May, 2008 10:41

Well said! I agree on all account. I had a good laugh at the entrecard comment. What's up with the blogosphere and Afrosphere? Can't we all just get along. And um yeah...why do folks have to argue an opinion anyway. Unsolicited advice, can be a real downer.

freetofly 28 May, 2008 12:57

Regina, Regina!

Always such good thought provoking stuff! I have been thinking a little about the blogging thing myself lately. I started w/one idea in mind, and it sort of evolved to a bit of something else. It has been a joy and a bit of a catharsis for me to be able to express some things and in the process work some things out, not to mention making great friends! Most of which I will probably not meet until Heaven, but, I look forward to it! I agree with your comments. I did not know there was a blog war of any kind going on. Am I in a cave or what? Possibly. I have to say that while I have bumped into a couple of very, very hostile (to Christian) bloggers, I just quit visiting. It was interesting to hear their view points. In a sort of omg(osh) kind of way. Other than that, I really have enjoyed the people I have come across. It has been a good thing for me.

Good stuff, Reg!

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com 28 May, 2008 23:23

Greetings Regina!

I am a new blogger and I absolutely loooove the experience!

I haven't encountered too many rude bloggers visiting my blog and I know I can always hit the "DELETE" button! *LOL*

Blogging gives me the opportunity to engage with people that I would not ordinarily meet and to hear a broad range of ideas.

Blogging also allows me to have my own viewpoints challenged constructively.

Blogging provides the opportunity to network with people in the body of Christ from other countries.

Blogging is also a way to be transperant and write about the things that are resting in your bosom that you may not be able to just strike up a conversation about with the people you may know.

Blogging provides a way to just encourage so many people by visiting their blogs and leaving some sunshine or counsel or whatever they may seek or need!

Blogging is part of a large blanket that we can all wrap each other with.

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

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