You Are What You Blog

Some people say “You are what you eat”. Basically, it means that you transfer into the things you put into your body. If you want to be fit, you need to eat good and healthy food. But can it also be true for blogging? Are we really what we blog?

If you think of your blog as your body, then you really are what you blog.

The things you eat are the same as the things you blog about.

How come?

Well, if you eat only hamburgers, french fries, and cupcakes, then you actually don’t really care about your body. It is a general knowledge, that fast food is not healthy.  If you write something meaningless just because you have to write something, then this is not “healthy”  for your blog either. Your food says a lot about you. Your blog says even more.

Fast blogging = fast food = not healthy.

You simply have to care about your blog just the way you have to care about your body. When you eat good food, then you feel great and look great. When you post interesting articles in your blog, everybody reads and likes them and this is how you become successful. If your body doesn’t look good, you don’t look good. If your blog doesn’t look good, you don’t look good. You are what you blog.

Along Came The Printing Press

I hate starting a sentence with a number. It is somehow too theoretical and even boring. But when it comes to blogging, it can never be boring, right?

As surprising as it is, blogging also has a history. Once upon a time one man did something very important, which nowadays we do not really appreciate. In case you are still wondering, I am talking about that German guy Johannes Gutenberg, who tried his best and in 1450 invented the printing press. So what, one might say.

Dear one,

563 years is a lot. And actually he did us a BIG favor. Why? Because he was the first to realize how important it was to print books, instead of writing copies with your own hands. He practically introduced the book to the majority of people. 563 later we have the magic of printing.

So far, so good. But what the hell does this have to do with publishing? Well, by inventing that awesome machine – the printing press – Gutenberg gave us the opportunity to publish limitlessly, without having to worry about how are we going to multiply our texts, books, newspapers, magazines and etc.

Now that we have the Internet, we do not really need a printing press. We can write, publish and multiply the text through the cyber space limitlessly. And then came the blogging. So much for the cool invention…

But if you reeeeally think about it, we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to publish texts and blog, if it wasn’t for Gutenberg and his press. So, he did his job very well! We may no longer need to buy neswpapers on paper, because we can read them online, but we wouldn’t have had online newspapers, if we didn’t have paper newspapers. This is the natural flow of history. And it will always be that way.

All I am actually trying to say is that it all began in 1450, when Gutenberg invented the printing machine. So we should appreciate it a little bit more, because without it, we wouldn’t have had publishing, nor blogging.

What NOT to do online

I was looking for a subject for a good, solid, and great written… Ok, an article. Just that, no more bragging. Then I read this article, from machable.com. I like that angle, so I decided start from there. So here it goes: What NOT to do online.

Quote from the article I mentioned previously: “Ethics rules vary from newsroom to newsroom and country to country” End quote.
I think this is true. When I read this, I realized that indeed every country has these rules for their media. But the internet isn’t bound by the borders of the land. It’s endless, infinite and will continue to exist for as long as our servers keep working. This means bloggers have a massive responsibility. And maybe we don’t always appreciate that responsibility.

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My first point when we don’t appreciate the responsibility and ignore all good manners, is found on youtube. I now look to all those youtube-comments that are just there to piss you off. I’ll give you an example. I’m ShanghaiForever by the way.

It was a great improvised song from the Tv show Improv A Ganza. I commented this:
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It’s a funny song! And some stupid Emma-person replies:
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It’s rude, I don’t know her, the comment is pointless and doesn’t make sense. Good thing I don’t know how to reply back yet, otherwise this might have become some stupid argument. Good thing… So internet-users, don’t forget your good manners!

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Next thing bloggers need to remember, double-check your sources. There’s a great example of this in Belgium and The Netherlands. A Dutch journalist had created the Twitter-account @Monarchie.be, when our prince was about to become king. He then sold this account to our Royal Palace. Very smart move, he made some easy money. Our Royal Palace tweeted away, but the journalist was still able to tweet with this account! The Royals hadn’t changed the password and such. The journalist even tweeted this, in the name of our King:
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It says: I feel good as your King! God Bless Belgium!

This tweet has now been deleted, and the journalist has closed off the account for himself. There is proof in the form of video footage for that. So, double check even your most reliable sources, such as our Royals. Hackers are everywhere…

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Also, my last point of advice. Things get outdated on the web. So be sure to check the date of when this article was written. You don’t want to copy some information that matches your opinion, but is completely outdated. Makes you look like a fool, like a fool! (Sorry, a little Phoebe from Friends came through there… Been watching it to much. See what I mean here, @3:15)

Anyway, so, things get outdated, beware! Here is a great example, Nelson Maldela (God Bless His Soul) has recently passed away. Now, this should appear on his wikipedia-page, right? It does, don’t you worry. But you can see at the very bottom of the page when a page was modified, can be very useful to see how up to date a page is.
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That is the latest date it was modified up to today, the 14th of december of 2013. Wow! It’s been modified today! Just realized 😀 Nice!

So, summary:

  • Never forget your good manners. My youtube-example.
  • Always double check your sources, even the reliable ones! Our King’s mysterious Tweet-example.
  • Always make sure the page you watch is up to date. Be sure to see when it was modified for the last time. Mandela-example.

Now, blog away and be nice!

Blogging is fashionable

“What do you think of when J says “poor”? Is it your short of cash? Or is it your state of mind?”

This quotation welcomes everybody, who visits the Museum of Fashion in Antwerp, Belgium. When I first saw this sentence, it immediately made me thinking about how fashion is irreversibly related to one’s true state of mind.

And so is blogging.

When I walk down Meir Str. a.k.a the shopping street in Antwerp, sometimes I find the clothes in the shop windows crazy and sometimes I find them quite cool. If you really think about it, fashion is about expressing yourself. Just like publishing articles in a blog. Designers show who they are by making clothes. We can do it by posting our opinion in a blog on the internet.  Some people may find our thoughts crazy, but others can be amazed by our ideas.

We should not be afraid of expressing ourselves. The clothes in the shops on Meir Str. are fashionable, which means that expressing yourself is fashionable. Blogging is a way to express yourself and thus it is fashionable.

So, go for it, publish your craziest ideas and see how many new friends you will find. Blogging is fashionable. Be fashionable 🙂

Malala Yousafzai: The Power of Blogging

Recently, I read about a 16-year-old Pakistani girl, called Malala Yousafzai, who has completely changed the meaning of the term blogging.

Everyday she fights for women’s right of education, publishing articles about its importance. Malala was encouraged to share her thoughts online by the BBC, who supported her and her cause, by giving her the chance to speak in public. What a great story, one might say.

It is great, because Malala started struggling for her cause not as a soldier, but as a blogger. May be this will inspire all of us, because it will remind us how much power we gain by just pushing the keyboard buttons and updating our blogs.

Actually, Malala did not change the meaning of the term blogging. She just reminded us of its original meaning – fighting for your own ideas and for who you really are.

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