If I were to choose something that represented me most, it would be my writing. There is a place deep inside me that keeps my words. When I write, I draw my letters from that well and from inside myself. The words that spill onto my page take with them the memory of my inner secrets, even if they don’t speak them aloud.
In September of this school year, my English teacher announced that he had made each student in the class a blog where we would post our writing. I wasn’t thrilled. I didn’t want to share my words with the world. Over time, however, I have come to change my opinion of blogging.
It started in November, when my class was writing speeches. We posted them on our blogs and then began a comment extravaganza, with everybody giving and receiving constructive criticism on second, third, and even fourth drafts. When we finally presented our finished product to our parents, siblings, and teachers, we wowed everybody. Since then, a larger and larger handful of the class is sharing non-required posts on their blogs. People have written about visiting the cemetery, meeting old classmates on the bus, and even lucky pennies. I feel that each time I read somebody’s ponderings, I know them a little better. The whole class, I think, has become a closer thanks to our blogs.
So, to answer the first question posed by the student bloging challenge, why should people visit my blog? Because then I will visit theirs and we will become a community of bloggers, linked beyond just one classroom or one country. Because then the world won’t be such a large place.