What is a blog anyways? I often ask myself the definition of a blog. Theoretically, a blog is a discussion or informational site published on the “world wide web” and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”). My definition of a blogger is a person who writes posts about a certain subject or business and publishes several on the web. Most bloggers have a certain domain or blogger name. Depending on the nature of your blog, the subjects you cover can range from parenthood to scientific discoveries. It is not necessarily always credible information as it often reflects a personal opinion. This is, in fact, one potential downside of a blog. People come across a blog post and will believe the content when it could simply be someone's opinion. Not actual proven facts or research. Furthermore, the dangers/downsides for individuals or organizations that blog are as follows: blogging is essentially a social media platform. Which means once a blog is published on the web, it has the potential to be there forever. You must be careful of what is put on the web as there is the opportunity for criticism and feedback not necessarily positive. It is important to keep in mind ANYONE can blog. This is kind of a scary thought….
On a more positive note, blogging and be very beneficial. I, for one, know of someone who is now an influencer and a spokesperson about the subject of Down syndrome based on her blog. Her blog achieved her goals of making a difference in the world and having Down syndrome seen as a unique trait. Also, blogging can create revenue and awareness, of you or a topic. Depending on how popular your blogs actually are, it could be very inspirational and in turn become a business.
So, if you are looking to start a blog in the near future, I suggest you look up the pros and cons before you start, and research the etiquette of blogging. Most importantly, I suggest you be creative and have fun with it.