To Blog or Not to Blog?

         I Believe that blogging is a way to outlet your thoughts and get them heard by others. I like to think of blogs as diaries on steroids. I definitely think that blogging has an impact on our society. According to statistics, ” 6.7 MM people publish blogs on blogging websites, and other 12MM write blogs using their social networks. I probably read at least five blog today, through links friends have posted on or shared on Facebook, whether it be about food clothes new movies or celebrity gossip. I do expect The practice of blogging to increase, mainly because of how much Time people are on the Internet. According to statistics, 81% of the U.S. online consumers trust information and advice from blogs. – I have inserted a link ( that gives 45 reasons/statistics on why you should blog. –

          This leads me to my next point, the “Power to publish.” I think it is a good thing to let people polish any thoughts or ideas to everyone for two reasons. Reason One, the first is our rights as Americans to practice freedom of speech. Reason to, peoples view on certain matters not only give us different perspectives on a subject, but it also helps eliminate ethnocentrism. 

           Unfortunately, with all the good that comes from the “Power to publish” there is also a downside. For example, in an article by Kathleen Parker, – of the Washington Post – she talks a bout the negative effects of blogging.she uses an example about Gov. Nikki Haley, Who falsely accused of tax fraud. This rumor “begin with the blog item, then was tweeted by The Hill, it Washington political news paper, and reported in short article by The Daily Beast,”!according to Ms. Parker. However, there are a few things wrong with Miss Parker’s finger-pointing at blogging. It is not solely the fault in idiot bloggers who started the rumor, it is also the fall of the credible new sources who ran with the story. I blame the journalist for the escalation of the rumor. Unfortunately, because of laws such as the fair report privilege and shield laws, reporters can basically report whatever they want with little to no repercussion. Newspapers and reporters are supposed to be reliable sources, not some random person but the keyboard.

             In conclusion, blogs can be great sources of informational pools of knowledge and great sources of communication. But there is a saying “don’t believe everything you hear”. I think the same should be updated to “don’t believe everything you hear or read.”


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Elaina Hurd

I am a senior at the University of Louisville. I am double majoring in communications and psychology. I enjoy traveling, and trying new things. I believe the key to living a fulfilled live is to be as cultured and diverse life as possible -be adventurous!

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