Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Experiences As a Blogger

My experience as a blogger has been quite eye-opening. At first, I did not completely understand the concept of blogging. I did not know why people devoted so much time to write about something on a daily basis that wasn’t required for academic purposes. I did not appreciate it nearly as much as I do now. After blogging for several months now, I have come to realize that it is not just another form of writing. It is a way for me to express myself and share my feelings with the public without being censored or edited. Also, due to the fact that I can keep my personal information anonymous, there is no risk of expressing how I truly feel and being bashed for my opinions. Overall, I believe that it is a highly effective way to communicate my thoughts with the public.

Over the past few months, I believe that I have undoubtedly improved as a blogger. During the beginning of my blogging experience, my posts were too formal and lacked character. I was too reserved in my blogs as if I was writing a research paper or an informational paragraph on hip hop. However, I eventually learned how to blog properly and what elements make a blog interesting to read. I began to share more about myself and my personal experiences with my passion, and as a result I was receiving better feedback for my writing. Even after the past four months as a blogger, I have not yet reached my full potential. I still have much to learn about blogging, and hopefully my skills will improve with experience.

One reason why I have taken a liking to blogging is because it has greatly helped me to gain insight into my passion. For the past four months, I have been blogging about hip hop dancing about four times a week. In doing this, I have had to research about it and truly analyze it from an intellectual perspective. This has helped me to formulate different opinions and ideas about hip hop dance, including my very own “rubric” or “criteria” for a good performance. In my research I have also discovered exceptional hip hop crews or individual dancers that I never knew existed before my blogging experience. In this way, I have been able to explore the many different forms of hip hop, as each group has their own unique style. Through my blog, I have also been able to learn more about the origin and history of hip hop, which I was not very familiar with prior to my blogging experience. These are just a few ways that blogging has helped me to gain insight into my passion and explore it in a different light.

Writing in my blog has definitely affected me in a positive way. Blogging about my passion for hip hop dancing has helped me to fulfill my needs for self-expression. Frankly, as a grade 11 student taking university courses, I do not have much time to get in touch with my artistic side. However, blogging about my passion has truly allowed me to do so on a regular basis. In this way, I find blogging to be a breath of fresh air, where I have the opportunity to share my love for dancing with the public.

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