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Why We Ought to Take Blogs A Little More Seriously

7 Apr

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For some reason that I’ll never understand, a lot of people in the wonderful world of academia tend to hate bloggers.

Maybe not hate-hate, but they certainly don’t take blogs seriously.

Because apparently, if you’re not published in some fancy-pants journal, your work isn’t  important.

Makes sense, right?!

Well, no. No it doesn’t.

So in response to all the blogger-haters out there, here are a couple reasons why blogs are awesome and should be given all the credit they deserve.

1. They Allow for Thinking at All Levels

No, you don’t need to have a PhD to have a thought process. Brains, people! Everyone has one! So to believe that only those who somehow publish their thoughts in a journal or a book are entitled to USE their brains, is wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

The awesome thing about blogs is that so many people with different perspectives get to provide insight on various issues. I mean, even kids (so long as they know how to type) can give their two cents on any given topic. And we ought to listen to what they have to say. Because blogging allows for us to learn from ANYONE, really.

You don’t need to be rich to blog. You don’t have to be the CEO of a company. You don’t have to have 53,000 Twitter followers. And you don’t have to have 5 diplomas hanging on your wall. If you have thoughts, you’re able to put them out there. And I think that this diversity in ideas and in thought patterns is absolutely invaluable.

2. They Create the Opportunity for Oh-So-Important Dialogue

You know that wonderful little box at the end of most blogs that lets you comment on what you’ve read? Well, it’s kind of the bomb. Because comment boxes allow us to engage in dialogue.

Communication… Something that a lot of people these days are forgetting how to participate in.

While I’m not knocking journals and books, I think that blogs do provide additional value in that they allow for readers to reflect on things that they’ve read, and then engage in that dialogue immediately. Sometimes readers disagree with what they’ve read. Sometimes readers love it! Sometimes readers decide to share their own experiences, and like #1, this allows for various shared perspectives.

So yes, I’m definitely a fan of the comment box!

3. They Provide Real-Time Analyses of Situations

This one’s easy. Things are always happening. There are issues and problems and conferences that people are attending and new thoughts that are being introduced every. single. minute. of every day.

And while yes, it’s great if you can talk about these things in a fancy-pants journal, here’s the problem…

Journals and books take SO LONG to publish.

With blogs, you don’t have to wait.

You can experience/witness something and open your laptop, write, and publish. All of this in less than 15 mins. Heck- you can even do it from your phone these days! You don’t even need a computer.

And in this society that we live in…where we want updates and information 24/7…blogs definitely help us stay up-to-date on recent happenings.

4. Easy, Simple, and FREE Disbursement of Knowledge!

Maybe you catch up on all your favorite blogs first thing in the morning. Maybe you do it on your lunch break. Regardless, throughout the day, you’re bound to come across a post that you absolutely love…something you know is worth sharing.

Now with a book or a journal, you can see something you like and you can recommend that your friends check it out, but it requires time and money and energy…which let’s face it… few people have these days.

But blogs are amazing because you can share thoughts and ideas in like 2.5 seconds! You see something you want to share? AWESOME! Grab the link. Copy. Paste. Post on Facebook. Post on Twitter. Send link via text, etc. Some blogs have made it so easy that you just need to click a button.

So yea, I don’t know about you, but I’m all about free knowledge. And if it’s simple and easy to access, even better.

5. Connections All Over the World

When I’m chatting with someone from New Zealand, that’s pretty freaking awesome! I mean, I don’t travel often (since I’m poor), yet it’s such a great experience to be able to connect with people from all over the world. Not only is it super-cool, but connecting with industry professionals who happen to live on different continents is also a great opportunity to expand your network. Who knows? Maybe one day you’ll find yourself in New Zealand, unemployed, and the many connections you’ve  made over the years will provide you with opportunities that may otherwise not have been possible.

So, that’s it! Let’s stop hating blogs. Let’s stop hating bloggers. Because we all have something to contribute. And we don’t lose anything by gaining additional perspectives.

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Why We Need to Say Yes to Young People

16 Nov

Who goes to school, when they’re exhausted from work, on a night when they don’t even have class?

THIS GIRL. Right here. Yea, me.

All I wanted to do tonight was curl up in bed and eat ice cream. But no, I didn’t go do that. Instead, I dragged myself to my college campus because my school is pretty awesome and hosted TedxFIU.

For those of you who read my blog regularly, you know how much I love Ted Talks. So obviously, when I heard that FIU would be hosting their very own Tedx event, I knew I had to be there.

And I’m certainly glad I was.

Alot of great speakers presented.

They also served FREE FOOD, which is really all that’s necessary to make a college event successful.

But what I loved the most about this event was hearing from two young students who have sought to change the world.

Philip Koenig is the founder of a local non-profit organization, Leading Miami, which teaches middle school students about leadership through a series of leadership development workshops hosted at schools throughout Miami-Dade County. He also has a British accent, just saying.

Ximena Prugue, at the age of just 19, became the founder of Giving the Green Light, a non-profit organization which seeks to alleviate energy poverty by replacing kerosene lamps in India with solar powered lighting. She’s also friends with a lot my friends, so I’m sure I’ve stalked her on Facebook at some point. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’ve stalked her multiple times. That’s what Facebook’s for.

But really…

Philip and Ximena are amazing young people who are making a difference.

Looking around the room as they spoke, it was obvious how much they were inspiring others. It was evident, without a doubt in my mind, that many of those college students listening to them tonight aspire to accomplish great things too.

In their talks, they both mentioned how their achievements started off as simple ideas. These ideas were then pitched to organizations and individuals. Their countless e-mails and phone calls more often than not, went unanswered.

People thought they were crazy (in case you missed the memo…the good ones always are).

For the most part, people seemed to dismiss their ideas because they were young and inexperienced.

Now, imagine if no one had given Philip or Ximena the time of day…

Imagine if no one had listened to them…

Imagine if they had received ZERO support…

The impact they’ve made on the lives of so many people would have been impossible.

So basically, here’s what I’m trying to say:

I’m tired of society saying no to young people.

Instead of listening to and supporting the ideas that many young people are bringing to our attention, we’re doing the opposite. We’re not taking their phone calls. We’re ignoring their e-mails. We’re not looking for ways to help.

And it’s sad.

Because there are a lot of people like Philip, like Ximena, who want to make a difference.

We NEED those people.

Our society can’t afford for good ideas to be continually shut down.

So the next time that you hear of a young person who has a dream, who has an idea, who wants to make an impact, see if you can help them. See if you can guide them. If YOU can’t, introduce them to someone who CAN.

There is nothing more powerful than a young mind.

So find a way to say yes. Find a way to help make a difference.

The Educational Revolution…Why? Because Schools Kill Creativity

26 Apr

I watched this video yesterday and it completely blew me away.

Do yourself a favor and WATCH IT! 

This man is honest, funny, a straight up genius and his accent is awesome.

“Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.”

Ted Ideas Worth Spreading

Should we all be doing what we love? Yes. Is school the only way to get us there? No. We need to educate people in  a way that promotes creativity and passion in our work so that we don’t end up bitter and miserable. Life’s too short.

Thanks to my twitter peeps @shawmu and @knealemann for bringing this to my attention 😀

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