Blogging Teens

Every day, blogs are created by people of all ages and

from all walks of life, but when it comes to blogging,

teen writers are truly on the cutting edge of the

movement. Because today's teenagers are the first

generation of people to have grown up using the

internet at every stage of their development, many

adolescents have a seemingly innate sense of how to use

web technology to express their innermost thoughts and

ideas. Older writers often experience a kind of learning

curve when they begin to blog, but many young people

find that using a word processor and blogging software

feels more natural and direct a mode of communication

than writing in a diary ever could.

One of the reasons why blogs have undergone a kind of

explosion in the teen community and are growing by

leaps and bounds is the fact that they provide a unique

mixture of visibility and anonymity. A teenager can

invite friends and peers to read his or her blog with a

simple email, thereby winning attention or possibly

even praise. Of course, with visibility usually comes the

possibility of embarrassment, but the fact that it is

possible to blog anonymously with an invented handle

or nickname negates a lot of the potential for

humiliation. Many a blogging teen lives in fear that a

parent or guardian will discover his or her blog, but by

publishing under an alias a teenager can spill his or her

secrets without fear of being traced.

Outside the world of blogging, teen writers often have

very limited opportunities to be published. Magazines

and journals are often reticent to publish young writers

who may not have as much credibility as older writers

with a lot of experience and extensive credits to their

names. This can discourage adolescents from writing or

from seeking chances to publish their work. By

blogging, young people can begin to gain a following of

readers without first having to win the attention and

support of an editor or publisher who may not be very

interested in teenaged authors.

Between the fact that blogs provide young people with a

chance to exercise their impressive technical aptitude,

to gain visibility without compromising privacy, and to

build a readership for their writing without having to

jump through the traditional hoops of the publishing

industry, it is little wonder that are so many teenagers

with blogs. For some teenagers, blogging is even a very

social endeavor that allows them to meet people with

similar interests from all over the world. Many a

blogging teen has discovered that having a weblog on

the internet is a great way to explore self-expression

and, often, to win positive feedback from new friends.

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