I have been blogging since the age of 12. I was quite the early bloomer in regards to the internet. I remember the days of anxiously waiting for AOL Dialup to finish making all those weird noises, so that I could finally log into one of my multiple Neopets or Club Penguin accounts.
Because I was probably among the first generations raised with complete accessibility to the internet, there has been a cyber disconnect between my parents and I. As directed to the older generations in the article, “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” by John Perry Barlow, “You are terrified of your own children, since they are natives in a world where you will always be immigrants.” Although they have adapted a lot in recent years, my parents were originally naive to the internet world. They didn’t understand why I began blogging. Because this practice was unmonitored and not “professional,” they concluded I was wasting my time and sharing parts of my life that did not need to be shared. To be fair, they were right about me sharing parts of my life on a nonprofessional format. Regardless, my posts were/are not worthless, and I believe that it was largely due to fact that they were unmonitored.
With experience in blogging, I never consider myself more than an amateur writer. This does’t make anything I have to say less important. Contrary to what many assume, blogging is related to journalism. As stated in “The Weblog: An Extremely Democratic Form in Journalism,” a weblog can work journalistically, for “it can be sustainable, enjoyable, meaningful, valuable, worth doing, and worth it to other people.” Although often categorized as online public journals, blogs can really connect people to what’s happening in daily lives and the world. Journalist professionals are even taking notice. As also stated in the previous addressed article, “Journalism had become the domain of professionals, and amateurs were sometimes welcomed into it— as with the op-ed page. Whereas the weblog is the domain of amateurs and professionals are the ones being welcomed to it.” Despite originally being belittled, blogging is gaining a journalistic reputation free of editors and other middlemen.