Welcome! This is my first blog ever, oddly enough. Never really saw this as a very interesting medium, but I will give it a go. I looked at three blog sites over the weekend: WordPress, Blogger!, and LiveJournal. There were many similarities, but there is a fairly legitimate reason why I chose WordPress over the other two.
LiveJournal is not extremely unique as far as blogging goes. However, I do really like how it boasts of its history. It really makes you feel like you are part of something simply by joining. Also, I believe its the oldest public blogging website and I have heard its customer service is top-notch.
Blogger! is fairly aggressive in its attempt to get new members. The first page that popped up upon entering blogger.com prompted me to access my Gmail account and sign in that way. From a business standpoint, I can understand the reasoning. However, I absolutely hate linking accounts. It is very hard to reach out and meet new people when the same old friends/contacts group is being forced on me.
I ultimately picked WordPress for a really simple reason: I update my department’s account from time to time, and I am already used to the system. In my opinion, WordPress is efficient, if nothing else. I like the different media content uploaders (pictures, music, video). It is very simple to add to your page and, if you pay enough, you can add features that make a page unique and pass it off as your own creation. Granted, I have never done anything incredibly complicated with WordPress, but I am looking forward to experimenting more this semester.
Like I said before, I never really took blogging seriously until a couple of years ago. The events of the Arab Spring showed the power of several social media outlets. Whatever anyone’s views on the events are, one thing cannot be denied: there is power in this media. A power great enough to topple regimes.
I think it is very interesting that most journalism students these days are required to keep blogs. I suppose that is because blogs are driving a stake through what’s left of journalism’s heart. Personally, I believe that “journalist” bloggers have a bit too much power because they can say just about anything they want with virtually no fact checking required. I am very interested in seeing how certain political issues get warped by these bloggers during this election season.
This blog account will also be valuable to me because I will use it to research how blogging might aid my future small business in beer distribution.