Assalāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāhi Wabarakath,
When it comes to blogging, there are irks and then there are perks. After a blogger is established for a couple of years he or she will experience downfalls and rewards. Like it is with everything else, blogging has its advantages and disadvantages. These irks and perks come in different forms and sizes, according to what is being blogged about, the background of the blogger and how much the amount of traffic the blog receives on an average.
I’m going to share some of mine. In the past month or so, I’ve been advised by different people to ‘tone down’ what I write on my blog for security/political reasons because a lot of my posts are Islamic themed. At first I was a bit flustered if not angry, but considering this advice came from people I dearly respect, trust and look-up to, it actually made sense to an extent. It is always better to take pre-cautions, especially when blogging about Islam/Political issues, considering the amount of people that are picked up and imprisoned for being 'too vocal', even in Muslim Countries.
Before somebody attacks me on this, No, I am not being a coward or scared. Just being careful.
A couple of years back, I was as anonymous as any other blogger on the blogosphere. But over the years, my blog address somehow got around and people came to know who I was. So a lot of the people who actually read my blog know me in real-life. One may ask, ‘Why should this matter?’ The answer to which is, it does. A lot. There is this sense of freedom one experiences when one is anonymous and I’ve felt it. Believe it or not, individuals feel safer and much more comfortable sharing their personal life with strangers compared to people they actually know. Now I think twice about what I write, simply because I don’t want people confronting me in real life about what I wrote one particular day on my blog!
I've noticed that over the years, I've started catering to what my readers expect to read when they come here, instead of what I personally feel like blogging about. And that, I feel, makes blogging loose its essence, not to mention, you actually start feeling uncomfortable blogging about other issues or experiences.However, there are advantages to blogging too. One obviously being, you get to express yourself freely and can communicate with the wider public from the comfort of your home whilst still remaining anonymous. Blogging proves to be a very good medium for inter-activeness, communication and reaching out to the masses, uniting on different issues or discussing other subjects. Blogging also helps in wiping out stereotypes of different cultures, religions and people because different people around the World come together on the blogosphere, to share their thoughts, opinions, political views, religious views, et al, offering reasonings, explanations and other views about their culture and what they believe in.
In the recent years, blogging has become many things for people. A money-making invention, a place to vent your thoughts, a place for serious discussion or just informational websites run by people. In fact, now, Politicians, Islamic Scholars, Celebrities and other such people, realising the benefits that come with are jumping on the blogosphere. With it coming as without cost, it has become one of the most highly used mode of communication.
All in all, blogging comes with its set of interesting issues.