Newcomers Take On The Blogosphere

I’ve been doing this blogging thing for some time now and I’ve lost my ability to see things from a different perspective. RJ on the other hand has participated in blogging for only two weeks and has already published a post asking, is blogging a waste of time.

The post goes into what RJ is learning in class as it pertains to citizen journalism but he also shares his opinions on what blogging is actually doing as it pertains to America. This post has a political feel to it but I tend to disagree with his overall opinion of blogging.

I think RJ needs to step out of the political arena and check out some blogs that are anything but political. There are plenty of people out their who are behaving in a civilized manner and engaging in meaningful discussions.

Be sure to read the comments attached to his blog post as they contain some interesting responses.

Do you feel that blogging or for that matter, commenting is a waste of time?

8 thoughts on “Newcomers Take On The Blogosphere

  1. I’m right there with you. I think as a newcomer, he should give it some more time and take a look at the bigger picture or, a wider perspective on things. Simply getting out of the political mess would benefit this guy.

  2. I’ve been blogging for quite a while now, and I don’t think it’s a waste of time at all.

    I can see where this new blogger is coming from, but I don’t think he’s looking at the whole picture. Sure, people who are “rusted on” Democrats or Republicans will gravitate towards blogs they agree with.

    But Google doesn’t discriminate. There are many, many people who are undecided. They will search for terms and see blogs from a range of perspectives. They’ll read widely, and form their own opinions from what they’ve read.

    It’s very democratic. Certainly healthy for the reader — also for the blogger to be involved in the process.

  3. I think the same way. All of the conversation is great to have but I think the problem within the political landscape of course are people bringing each other down with name calling and insults. I think the article stemmed from the author seeing too much immaturity taking place on political blogs without seeing too much in the way of respectful conversation.

  4. Blogging is form of presenting content. If person thinks that content is limited to politics and USA – that’s far from truth in my opinion.

  5. interesting article. I think if you are passionate about a subject then you`ll more than likely do quite well (that`s not a guarentee) but if you don`t like a subject that you write about, it`s unlikely that you will have the motivation to write interesting posts. i`ve just started a blog (this week!!) its at have a look and let me know what you think, it`s about something i am passionate about – fingers crossed people will like it!!

    Have a good weekend

  6. Brand new blogger here. I have to respectfully disagree that blogging (on politics or anything else) is a waste of time. My blog is not political (though my first post does look at the recently concluded conventions). But I read a lot of political blogs because taken collectively, they sometimes help me navigate through political rhetoric & talking points to get at the heart of the matter, on both sides. That, to me IS “being part of the solution.” There is a lot of polarization to wade thru, to be sure, and I am not without my own polarizing views. But it is all part of the conversation, which I think is worthwhile to have, especially considering what is at stake.

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