The internet is filled with millions of blogs. It is possible to find a blog on almost any topic and curated by a diverse range of people from across the globe. Some blogs offer advice or tips on everything from fashion to cooking to home diy. Others find nifty products or curate lists of themed items. Blogs can also be used to tell stories, share humor, or open a window into a new or different way of life. Some blogs are like novels, imageless, and choc full of information. Others are like magazines, sprinkling images and other content like video, or online stores. Some blogs are mostly image, leaving the reader alone with their thoughts and perhaps a thoughtful line or two. A blog is accessible by anyone with an internet connection and satisfies our desire for new content. Many bloggers update their blogs everyday, while some might upload a few days a week. All the blogs I’ve chosen share a desire to spread a passion, whether that be humor, knowledge, or a desire to share experience with each other. The following blogs differ wildly in content, format, and authorial technique, but all will open a window into a new way of experiencing the world.
The Chriselle Factor – The Chriselle Factor is a fashion blog for those who wish to elevate their sense of style and knowledge of fashion. Every page of the blog oozes a cool, effortless, elegance, a quality Chriselle seems to leek out of her every pore. Women and girls everywhere look to Chriselle on Youtube, Instagram, and her blog for fashion advice, inspiration, styling tips, and Chriselle’s endearing personality. Chriselle’s writing is filled with personal anecdotes and a conversational style that makes the reader feel as though they are talking to a friend, albeit a friend who travels to Paris for Couture week and hangs out with famous designers and models.
Garfield Minus Garfield – Garfield Minus Garfield is one of those weird, fascinating wonders of the internet. For no good reason someone has dedicated their time and energy to removing the character Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, leaving the cat’s counterpart, Mr. Jon Arbuckle to perform on his own. The result is hilarious, random, and sometimes dark. Garfield Minus Garfield is essentially a comic strip, intended for incite laughter in any who might stumble upon it. There are no comments or notes on the page apart from the comic strip itself and a message at the top that reads “Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.”
The Doc Is In – Dr. Prezz uses his blog to showcase his lesson tips, teaching style, beliefs, and funny thoughts. The result is a blog that is useful, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Dr. Prezz writes to teachers, asking them for their advice and thoughts on his teaching style and ideas. He describes his lessons clearly so that the reader could replicate the lesson if they wished, or incorporate some of the ideas into their own classroom. Dr. Prezz reminds me of the cool social studies teacher we all had in middle school. A 30-40 year old guy, full of humor, information, and a desire to share his passions and knowledge with the his students. Dr. Prezz’s last post reads “The copier that breaks down with regularity has been granted a moniker. I have named it “Bob Marley” because it’s always jamming.”
As a blogger it is interesting to consider my audience’s needs. If you’re into that sort of thing you can manufacture your blog to appeal to a very specific demographic of people, playing the strings of pop-culture and society so that people find their way to your content and not someone else’s. Personally I have been trying to move away from manufacturing myself, or things that I create, to appease a certain kind of person or to target a certain group. I have been trying to be authentically me in my life and in my creations and by trying to play to an audience I think that I lose an important part of that authenticity. My few acknowledgements to “selling” my blog to an audience are editing my writing for grammar, spelling, and fluidity. I could say that as a writer in the field of Education, that I would approach my topics carefully, paying attention to what might incite anger or fear in those who read my words as Education is a touchy topic and a controversial one, but I prefer to state my argument to it’s full extent and power. I do not take my intellectual contributions to the public, either on my blog or in real life, lightly and I strive to include all perspectives, benefits, and negatives in my arguments and am always open to criticism and evolving my viewpoint and argument. As a blogger and a writer on Education I will state my views, arguments, and ideas in their natural, authentic form, unadulterated by censorship, pandering, or unintentional bias.