Welcome!  This is my first blog ever, oddly enough.  Never really saw this as a very interesting medium, but I will give it a go.  I looked at three blog sites over the weekend:  WordPress, Blogger!, and LiveJournal.  There were many similarities, but there is a fairly legitimate reason why I chose WordPress over the other two.

LiveJournal is not extremely unique as far as blogging goes.  However, I do really like how it boasts of its history.  It really makes you feel like you are part of something simply by joining.  Also, I believe its the oldest public blogging website and I have heard its customer service is top-notch.

Blogger! is fairly aggressive in its attempt to get new members.  The first page that popped up upon entering prompted me to access my Gmail account and sign in that way.  From a business standpoint, I can understand the reasoning.  However, I absolutely hate linking accounts.  It is very hard to reach out and meet new people when the same old friends/contacts group is being forced on me.

I ultimately picked WordPress for a really simple reason: I update my department’s account from time to time, and I am already used to the system. In my opinion, WordPress is efficient, if nothing else.  I like the different media content uploaders (pictures, music, video).   It is very simple to add to your page and, if you pay enough, you can add features that make a page unique and pass it off as your own creation.  Granted, I have never done anything incredibly complicated with WordPress, but I am looking forward to experimenting more this semester.

Like I said before, I never really took blogging seriously until a couple of years ago.  The events of the Arab Spring showed the power of several social media outlets.  Whatever anyone’s views on the events are, one thing cannot be denied: there is power in this media.  A power great enough to topple regimes.

I think it is very interesting that most journalism students these days are required to keep blogs.   I suppose that is because blogs are driving a stake through what’s left of journalism’s heart.   Personally, I believe that “journalist” bloggers have a bit too much power because they can say just about anything they want with virtually no fact checking required.  I am very interested in seeing how certain political issues get warped by these bloggers during this election season.

This blog account will also be valuable to me because I will use it to research how blogging might aid my future small business in beer distribution.