Just putting it out there, I was told blatantly the other day that unless you have writing qualifications you shouldn’t blog.
I was taken aback but then thought how rude and self absorbed the person who said it must be. Are they are simply saying or implying that unless your a professionally or academically trained writer you should write? Or that what you write isn’t worth reading? Or perhaps they don’t care to know about every day life with every day people? Do they think they are more superior? Who knows!
I get that must blogs are written by journalists or perhaps published authors but the cast majority of blog are written by everyday people for everyday people.
Which brings me to my next thought.
What is a blog?
Many people have different ideas about what a blog should or shouldn’t be. After much internet searching I’ve discovered –
a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.
add new material to or regularly update a blog.
“it’s about a week since I last blogged”
“he blogged the Democratic and Republican national conventions as an independent”
1990s: abbreviation of weblog.
Or definition by Wikipedia
A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject. More recently “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
The emergence and growth of blogs in the late 1990s coincided with the advent of web publishing tools that facilitated the posting of content by non-technical users. (Previously, a knowledge of such technologies as HTML and FTP had been required to publish content on the Web.)
A majority are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via GUI widgets on the blogs, and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites. In that sense, blogging can be seen as a form of social networking service. Indeed, bloggers do not only produce content to post on their blogs, but also build social relations with their readers and other bloggers. There are high-readership blogs which do not allow comments, such as Daring Fireball.
Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries; others function more as online brand advertising of a particular individual or company. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important contribution to the popularity of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blogs), photographs (photoblogs), videos (video blogs or “vlogs”), music (MP3 blogs), and audio (podcasts). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts. In education, blogs can be used as instructional resources. These blogs are referred to as edublogs.
On 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence. On 20 February 2014, there were around 172 million Tumblr and 75.8 million WordPress blogs in existence worldwide. According to critics and other bloggers, Blogger is the most popular blogging service used today, however Blogger does not offer public statistics. Technorati has 1.3 million blogs as of February 22, 2014
So my interpretation of this and again many people will see it as they want to, a blog is something someone or a group write which allows them freedom of speech. They write about their passions, feelings, experiences, hobbies, anything that they like.
Is this right or wrong?
There are many celebrity gossip blogs out there and many personal blogs out there. They can be written on anything from interior design, cooking, fitness, mummy tips, parenting tips, shopping, styling anything!
So my question is, if you get offended or assume something is written directly at you. Don’t read it.
Everybody is allowed their own opinions and for the most part as long as names are not mentioned a blog is almost like someone’s vent or personal diary. Their win right to post what they like.
There are many controversial blogs out there and there are many readers for many blogs. Each to their own I say and again, if you don’t like it, don’t read it!