Hello and Welcome!
Congratulations! You are possibly the first human being ever to read my blog! Well, at least, the first line of my blog anyway. I am not quite sure if I am making a confession, excuse or an apology.
I hope that this blog will somehow be purposeful or entertaining for you in some small way. Being a newbie, I haven't quite figured out where this is headed. Here is my reality check....as this chapter opens, I find myself in new and unfamiliar territory. I am typing and talking to myself, as I attempt to write this blog. It seems a bit bizarre for a private fellow like me to be trying to write a blog but I have a reasonable explanation.
I have embarked on a journey to learn more about how education and learning works, and earn a Provincial Instructors Diploma from Vancouver Community College. One of the assignments is to set up a blog and become more familiar with social media and other popular technological means of communication.
Before getting thrust into this exercise, I often wondered why many people put so much time and effort into writing a blog? I think I presumed that many bloggers might be lonely and feeling isolated or not well enough understood. Now I wonder if perhaps many bloggers might just be on some assignment or mission.
I have now read a few blogs from random strangers to try to get a sense of typical blogging etiquette and dialogue. It appears to me that bloggers are just writers expressing themselves however they feel like doing so in the moment. I guess there must be perceived benefit because millions of bloggers are at it.
It seems that blogging anonymity offers some reduction in the social fear factor regarding accountability for saying what you really think. Some bloggers seem to share so much personal information that it is as if their persona is fully naked and vulnerable. Perhaps getting rid of fear and inhibition is cathartic for some. I think I will keep my verbal clothes on for now, thanks!
It is intriguing to me to get a deeper glimpse into what others are feeling, fearing, worried about, passionate about, doing, and planning. After reading less than a dozen blogs I am feeling pretty relieved and grateful that my life is the way it is. I have noted that some people have amazing insights and write very well.
On the other hand, some bloggers seem to have an axe to grind and they might benefit from constant scrutiny from the CIA or NSA or some other agency to protect themselves or others from their dark and evil thoughts.
What I have learned so far is that Weebly, as one blog space provider, makes setting up a blog space very easy.
The hardest part was selecting a username that was not already taken. I also learned that many people use blogging for many different reasons. I can see how blogging could be a very useful information exchange tool. Many bloggers seem to get very engaged in their word creations.
My general notion at this point is that any tool that better connects people and stimulates creativity, communication and learning is potentially good for society and worth looking into.
I don't know how many words a blog should be, and perhaps it doesn't matter. However I believe that time is precious and you have given enough of your time to read my first blog this far, so thank you.