It seems today that, everywhere we look there are articles on mindfulness, keeping happiness journals, writing down our goals and keeping track of what we have done in our day. Keeping a diary or a blog is obviously not a new activity. People have been doing it for years – Samuel Pepys, for instance. His diary details the events of the Great Plague, the Civil War and The Great Fire of London, and makes for a fascinating read.
Blogs can be written on any topic and in any way that the blogger pleases – though offensive blogs are not recommended. The popularity of blogs at the moment seems to centre around fashion, sports, healthy eating and gambling. There are many gamblers who keep track of their achievements and offer their services to novice gamblers by means of their blogs.
A blog is essentially an online diary which is written as many times a week as the blogger wants to write. Some people use a blog to keep track of their own personal progress. But many people use blogs as a way to put themselves out there in the world; to tell everyone about their attributes and their interests, in the hope that it might be read by the right people, who will then involve the blogger in the area of business that was being blogged about. Blogs can also be an excellent way to bring a community together, or to raise awareness of issues, and can provide somewhere that people feel supported – especially in the case of natural disasters, where all the help that can be obtained is needed. When writing a blog, it will never be known what it might lead to, who is going to read it and on what journey it might take the blogger.