A Sense of Community Through Blogs

I usually express my own thoughts on my personal journal. I’m not really that type of person who shares everything to people. That’s why the thought of making a blog and knowing that anyone can read, comment or even criticize my work is so intimidating. However, upon knowing how blogs can be very helpful, a part of me was also thrilled to share to you my personal thoughts.

BLOGS. What do usually come to your mind when you hear the word blogs? Basically, blogs are used to disseminate information like current events, showbiz reports, entertainment, latest gadgets, stories, and most importantly the hottest news through internet. We can say that the internet is now one of the major sources of information. In our generation today where most of the people are busy with their own lives and only have a little free time, catching the news on TV and radios or reading the newspapers seems like a big burden. In this case, reading blogs would be very useful. Through internet, in just a click away, you can have easy access to the specific news you’d like to read about. Plus, blogs also have commentaries in which you can read the viewpoints of different people in certain news.

In the hurricane Katrina disaster that hit the New Orleans last August 2005, the blogs made an impact in which it was used as news and information source during emergency and disasters. Given the fact that the telephones, TV and radio channels, and other communication devices were not available because of the hurricane, blogging was indeed a big help. Through blogging, the people were able to call for assistance, extend their helping hands with each other, look for missing people, and acquire updates about the hurricane. Blogging also doesn’t need much effort news casting it in televisions and radios or printing it and dispersing to different places in the world. And because of the worldwide information dissemination through blogs, the spirit of companionship, support, and unity was highlighted for the group of individuals who extended their help to the victims.

Most of you might ask why I tackled most about the hurricane Katrina. This is because according to the article that I have read (Blog Functions as Risk and Crisis Communication during Hurricane Katrina), the said hurricane was the first major crisis where blogs are widely used as a communication medium. Through the massive use of blogs during that time, it helped build a stronger sense of community between people even oceans apart. It’s just nice to think that the love and willingness to help other people are still present these days.

Most of the people today especially teenagers spend most of their time in the virtual community wherein they can make friends with different people, communicate through miles, and post random things. While reading my blog, I would like you to take time and reflect. Instead of wasting your whole day listening to music, sharing photos, and trying so hard to become twitter stars, why not read blogs that are worth reading? Blogs that will teach you lessons, give you big opportunities, or just simply touch other people’s lives.

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17 responses to “A Sense of Community Through Blogs

  1. Truly indeed Blogging has evolved because it has helped in the Hurricane Katrina incident and I just hope that through blogging, the Filipino people would unite and help hand in hand during times of dire need.

  2. I agree. from now on, I would not waste my time doing those nonsense stuffs. Yes, I admit that at first I thought it was nothing, but for what I’ve read, blog indeed is really important.

  3. Having a community where you can feel comfortable is what people need indeed blogs are one of these community. Though virtual, it is much more quicker to access and is worldwide. On the other hand, people still need discipline if they want to be on this sphere because it does not only involve one or two but rather it is a worldwide.

  4. Crruuuua

    Indeed, most of he teenagers now adays spend most of the time in virtual communities, my friends and I and are one those kids. :)))

  5. I have to agree most teenagers now a days spend their time on social networking sites using it as a medium to rant without having any second thoughts on the ethics o their language however in a way social networking sites were made for expression but before you post something you must start thinking on its effect to those who will be able to read it

  6. “Blogs that will teach you lessons, give you big opportunities, or just simply touch other people’s lives.”, i can say that this has a really good point. Through blogs people can share their thoughts without hesitations or whatsoever. But still we all need to be careful and responsible for everything we post. Blogs are vital, so is our sense of responsibility.

  7. Blogging is an essential thing especially now that the world is in constant peril. I just hope that people would have the guts to actually care and take time to learn about the beauty of blogging.

  8. I agree to this. I do appreciate the importance and the great impact of blogs because I also have one. It is indeed very useful and could be used as a medium of information especially now that most of the teenagers spend their time on social networking sites

  9. If we are responsible in what we do and do more meaningful things like supporting causes, we could really help not only typhoon and hurricane victims but also victims of war and violence,

  10. Bernardita b. Candole

    Truthfully now a days people have more time in viewing information from the internet rather than reading newspapers and even young children enjoy the games in the internet rather than reading books.
    I really appreciate the importance of blogging as one way of communicating, giving information or ideas, as well as connecting people from different parts of the world.

  11. Blogs really are helpful in letting the world know not just about current events but also what the people feel and think about, and also their experiences. it also helps other people share a bond with those who experienced the same.

  12. at first i must admit that i have no idea what BLOG is all about, but upon reading this i must say that indeed blog is really important because it can spread current issues in our society more faster 🙂

  13. fuJIKo14

    For me, blogging has good and bad aspects. Good, in the sense that it can share information to everyone, we will be updated by the current events and news and also it can be pleasurable. For the bad aspects, it can lead you to misunderstanding, sometimes blogs are not true. Nowadays, teenagers are enjoying the networking sites but too much is bad, they intend to blog all night and doesn’t give attention to their lessons but it depends upon the person. As a student, we must remember our responsibilities. ^-^

  14. Blogging has been so vital in disasters-esp. during the Hurricane Katrina. Good thing bloggers felt that helping through blogs is vital.:)

  15. blouRubie

    This can be very helpful indeed. Why waste time clicking to those useless sites when in here, we can learn and be informed. Honestly, if not because of this, i wont know anything about this Katrina hurricane incident happened nine years ago.

  16. anj paguntalan

    We also have to consider that not everyone can blog. We have certain limitations on it especially, here in our own country. There are also some people capable of making a good point but just can’t put them into words.

  17. It is a good thing that we can help others without actually being there with them. We can help them with just a click away. 🙂 Everything is convenient nowadays.

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