Teenage Bloggers – The New Generation?
As a blogger, I know every day, blogs are being created by people of all ages and from all walks of life. When it comes to blogging, teen writers are truly on the cutting edge of the movement. Today’s teenagers are the first generation of people who have grown up using the internet at every stage of their life beginning as a toddler! Many teenage bloggers have a seemingly natural ability to use web technology. Often, older writers experience a kind of learning curve when they begin to blog, but many young people find that using a word processor and a blogging platform comes natural to them.
One of the reasons why blogs have undergone a kind of explosion in the teen community 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 text, 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 prevents a lot of potential for humiliation.
Outside the world of blogging, teen writers have very limited opportunities to be published. Magazines
and journals don’t usually publish young writers who may not have as much credibility as other established writers
with a lot of experience. 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.
Blogs provide young people with a chance to exercise their impressive technical skills, gain visibility without compromising privacy, and to build a readership for their writing through social media. For some teenagers, blogging is a social endeavor that allows them to meet people with similar interests from all over the world. Besides that, they know the ins and outs of the industry and not to mention the hottest brands across the globe.
My teenage daughter fits into this category of young people. She wants to start her own blog for self expression and creativity. She follows several fashion, recipe and beauty blogs now, gaining knowledge to share her wealth of knowledge with others.