What’s great about blogging is that anyone with thoughts and access to the Internet can do it. It brings the act of writing into a new, universal, and instantaneous sphere and comes with all the perks of writing: limitless expression and a way to organize thought processes. It also comes with new perks, such as being able to backspace, delete, or revise any words or phrases you do not want read upon publication. You always maintain editing powers of your own work and can continually add onto a blog as your own stories unfold.
From what I have observed about blogging in the last two years, I noticed that bloggers have the power to reach audiences on an international scale, incite revolutions within communities, and unite diverse people under a common interest. Bloggers all have the power to entertain, inform, and incite audiences of their choice. When you can proclaim yourself to be a blogger with those kinds of powers–just how powerful can you make yourself in this public sphere?
The speed and content of information that can be distributed through blogging can be alarming: blogs allow for “viral” distribution on the web, which means if a blog is a negative commentary about someone or something, it has the potential to circulate to audiences around the world in hours. While a writer is always free to claim his/her own work and words when he/she blogs, a writer also has a lot of responsibility weighted with posting blogs, especially if the blog contains reveals auhor-identifying information. A blogger can claim the words and power that comes with blogger, but they must also claim the consequences of controversy and permanancy on the Internet.