For class as part of our assessment, each student had to start a blog. I already have one (you should probably check it out, for your own good, at Who’s That Smell? ), so I thought “Heck, am I a greedy blog baron?”
Just updating my blog
Well, I did some research, and no. I am not. I won’t be clogging up the interweb with my two amazing blogs. Not anytime soon, because apparently (I love that word, gets you out of everything) there are about 75, 000 blogs created everyday! Now that’s a lot of blog. A lot of blog for your buck. More blog than you can poke a stick at.
Should I stop?
People are creating blogs like they are going out of fashion. A famous scientist said that one day everyone will have a blog. Even babies. *
But in all seriousness, there is a blog for everything these days!
Have a love for fingerless mitts? Try http://fallfingerlessmitts.blogspot.com/
What about passive aggressive post its? Well then http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/ is your domain.
Fancy watching cute things fall asleep? Then http://www.cutethingsfallingasleep.org/ is where it’s at.
So when my tutor asked us to make a blog that was about things we were interested I thought “Wow, i’m interested in some pretty random things (you’ve seen, you know)…and beauty.” But then I looked around the room and thought, “Holy hummus with Doritos, I can’t wait to see what my fellow blogging greenhorns will blog about.”
I looked to my right and saw my friend Michelle**. Now Shelly loves all things Neighbours and Bon Jovi, so I was not surprised when her blog “Livin’ on a Ramsay Street” was created. I looked to my right and Jane ** looked back at me, a disgruntled why-are-you-staring-at-me expression adorned her features. Jane likes (obsessively loves) Jeff Bridges. So again, I was none-too-surprised when her blog “The Jeff Bridges Low-Down” hit my blog feed. (As heavily grotesque as those last two words sound, I will keep using them).
It’s also got me thinking about the changing landscape of journalism in Australia and the speed at which it is moving towards professional and “semi-pro” news blogging and a term coined ‘citizen journalism’.
Nowadays news is augmented and produced in a real-time manner that compliments traditional mediums of news such as print and broadcast. Online news is swiftly being implemented by news organisations such as The Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC as a perfectly professional means of publishing breaking news events.
The multimedia facets of these news organisations reiterate even more so the push towards real time and online publishing, as we are seeing previously simple and boring websites turned into a plethora of news, entertainment, sport, weather, video and live steaming channels. Never before have we been able to live stream a press conference- we used to have to wait until it was shown on the news or breaking into The Simpsons just when the best bit was happening.
It truly is a new time for news. Not only are we still able to access traditional means of news, but we also have the option of simply refreshing our computer screens and being automatically supplied with the recent newsworthy (and not-so-newsworthy) happenings of the world.
* No one said this. Babies can’t have blogs, because they can’t type.
**Names not changed for protection