Friday, June 1, 2007

Advantages and Disadvantages of Blogs

The clicking of the keys typing at fast rapid passes trying to get their story better than all the others is just how fast blogging is growing. Blogs have grown rapidly in the past few years to pass news on to people or even to share life stories with people around the world. Although, there are disadvantages, there are many advantages that over shines the disadvantages to make blogging a useful tool for one’s writing. According to Wikipedia, a blog is described as a website where entries about the author’s topics are made and displayed in reverse order. Blogs consist of news and subjects like food, politics, news and events going on in the author’s life.
Blogging is a way I get to write and not have to see the person’s face of disbelief or see them panic when I make a grammatical error. This past quarter I have grown to enjoy writing and developing better skills of writing. The type of blogs we write are about our lives, which I find easy to write about because it is first hand, and I can explain it much easier than if I heard the story from someone else. I have gained more confidence in my writing this quarter because of the comments that are left on my blogs, even if it is a comment saying they can relate to my post. Although all the commenter is saying is that they can easily relate to your blog, it means that they took the time out of their day to read your post that you worked very hard on.
Defective Yeti was a big influence in our class because it had many advantages but also had its disadvantages too. One lesson I learned from Defective Yeti was that, even though you are commenting you must take your time to make good grammatical structured sentences. When reading comments people get the first impression of you by your comment and how it is written. Like on Defective Yeti there were numerous errors made by some of our classmates and the readers pointed it out to us and even went as far as saying we were not well-educated. This example also has its disadvantages because when only reading a comment people do not get the sense of who you are until they go read more of your work.
An advantage of blogging is that news travels very fast because of the speed of the internet and it helps people promote their writing to other people. Blogging is a way to express your feelings, when people are shy and do not want to talk to others about their problems they find peace through writing. It is also a way to catch up on the gossip going on in the life of the blog’s author. Our class blogs are a good example of the advantages of blogging because it has made our writing better and has built our confidence to share our writing with others, like Melinda’s blog on the stress in her life and Janelle’s blog about her traveling experiences.
Blogs can also help relieve stress by writing about your happenings in your life because when you are writing about something you are releasing it for someone else to read; thus, making it seem like someone is listening to your story. Many people write blogs as a way to deal with problems in their life so they can express their feelings.
News being spread quickly is also a disadvantage because it could possibly develop into a problem. When posting on the internet, people can’t get their point across because sometimes the reader can’t read the expressions on the author’s face. Sometimes when people do not get taken seriously because of what they wrote they may tend to become guarded and possibly lose the desire to write.
The Virginia Tech shooting is another example of good and bad things about blogs. The good side to blogs in this event was that it helped police try to find the shooter. It is quick and resourceful technique law enforcement uses to help with cases. Although sometimes because of blogs people are wrongly accused for things they did not do. There was a male student who attended Virginia Tech that fit the description of shooter and because of his blog authorities began to believe it was this man. In this case blogs are a good thing because it helps possible find the harmful person yet it also can cause major confusion when someone is wrongly accused.
When searching around on blogs I find that it is interesting to come across people who use writing to express their feelings because it makes me sit and wonder what I would do in their shoes or helps me better understand what it would to be them. Many people use blogs to tell stories, to give tips from when they went through situations or even use blogs as a learning experience for a class.
In this past quarter I have found that I enjoy blogs because it has helped me grow as a writer. Not only does it help me boost my confidence but it helped me with my grammatical errors. Blogs are growing rapidly and is becoming a favorite trend among different ages. Blogs help promote things like candidates for the next election and even give you tips on how to release stress. Overall I believe blogging is good, but people should be careful. When writing on the internet people don’t get to see you on first imprecation; therefore, one’s writing should be excellent. Like the old wise saying, never judge a book by its cover.

Thursday, May 31, 2007


As I looked back on all my post I began to realize that all my topics have changed a little bit, so I am going to bring you up to date to what is going on with each topic.

  • Stress of school: Stress at school is still going strong because of finals coming up, but after finals I have about a week break until I start one of my summer classes (so I can get it out of the road).
  • Finding enough time: Finding time with friends it rough but with school coming to an end it is much easier to see everyone. My boyfriend and I have worked out a schedule that we both can work around to see each other. My friends and me also plan on having a "girls night" once a week to get away from everything and just have fun.
  • Losing a friend: This is the one that has changed the most, my friend has been in contact with me through text messaging and keeping me updated with everything. Recently she left for a treatment center and is very home sick. Everything seems to be improving and I hope this could be a new beginning, where we left off. I can honestly say that she is the one friend that always was there for me when I needed her and it has been really hard lately without her. When I first got her text I was trilled beyond belief.
  • Sleep: Sleep, still not getting enough to make my body happy. With school ending it should cut back all my hours at school and studying, which will help out a lot.
  • Living in a small town: Recently I have broke the small town roll that I play, and let peer pressure get to me when I was upset about my major. I hate lying to my parents because I know they will find out or they probably already know and are just waiting for me to confess, but I'm not.
  • School: I got the letter from my major saying, "I'm sorry to inform you but after reviewing your application we can not accept you," I was a little crazy, which let into the whole breaking the small town roll. Next Thursday I have a meeting with a guy in Columbus to help me plan out my next few years to get my where I want me instead of having someone call me stupid. I am smarter to go somewhere else when I don't get the answer I wanted.

There has been my life updated from the past couple weeks, not much has changed but what has changed has been dramatic. With finals coming up I am gonna try to relax and push through it all because when June 6th hits I am school free...for about a week!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Interview about blogging

Why did you choose to blog about stress?
I chose stress to writing stress in my blog because it is something that has came up a lot lately in my life. Starting college, going to a job and managing other things is something that people deal with day to day. Writing is an opportunity for me to get my emotions out and be able to possibly release some of that stress. Blogging has helped my writing by making me more confident in my writing and it is also nice to get feed back from other bloggers about my writing.

What kind of people read you blog?
Anyone who has stress in their life can read/relate to my blog. Stress is a feeling that happens to everyone. My classmates are the main readers to my blog and they all can relate to stress from school.

How do you feel about blogging?
I find blogging an interesting way to interact with other people. Blogging is a way you can write and get positive or negative feed back to help you improve your writing.

How do you want people to view your blog?
I hope people take my writing serious because what I write about it about my life and how I feel about the topic I write about. All the topics I write about are very close to my heart and I have had strong feelings for. I hope people enjoy my writing and give me feedback to make my writing better.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


This past week has left me counting down the days until the weekend or even the summer for that matter. It started Friday when I was told that I was not good enough to get into my major, but to make things interesting main campus has not even made a decision until spring grades came out. So for the first time this quarter I skipped my afternoon classes, which probably was a bad decision because it just fed right into what she thought. Cross your fingers for me that I get into the health science field.
Not only did the advisor tell me I was not good enough but she also gave me no indication of what classes I need to take this upcoming fall quarter. I am in a panic trying to get a hold of another advisor in Columbus to help me out before I have to schedule Monday afternoon.
Many thoughts have been running through my mind, like if I really want to do this major or even if I want to finish my schooling at Ohio State. I have thought about transferring to
Shawnee State, two and a half hours away from my home town, but then again I don’t think I can be that far away from my family. I sit here and debate if I want to do health science or if I just want to be like everyone else in my family and get a business degree to work in the family business. I don’t want to be like everyone else; therefore I am going to push through this, study my ass off, and hope for the best when I get that envelope that has the Ohio State symbol on it.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Survival Tips for a First Year College Student

When first coming into college it’s a big transaction. Most high schools don’t get you prepared enough for college. Here are some tips I found to help myself in college. The list below is some tips that I wish I would have done when I first started. These tips are what helped me in the past two quarters.

1.)STUDY!!! STUDY!!! STUDY!!! Most high school students don’t have to put in extra effort studying for a test. However, when you reach college you must study because if you don’t your grades will plunge. For an example I did this in my Biology 101 class I didn’t study and I got a C in that course, which dropped my GPA.

2.)Don’t put things off until the last minute. When you get an assignment do it in the next couple days and don’t push it off until the last minute. Things come up and don’t give you the opportunity to work on the assignment full-hearted. I did this with my oral presentation and I am regretting not putting that extra effort into it because I know I could have done better.

3.)Make sure you read your books. To pass a class with a good grade you must read and not just take notes. Yet, the teacher does talk a little on big subjects you must read to fully understand the concept. I really wish I would have known this coming into college because I thought I didn’t need to read the books and I got grades that I didn’t want.

4.)Don’t cram the night before a test. It is a lot easier to studying multiple times before a test rather than cramming 12 hours before the test. I know that my brain can’t handle that much information in that time span.

5.)Have fun! Don’t get too caught up into studying. Hang out with your friends. This past quarter I have loaded myself down with work and school; I have not had enough time to spend with my friends. College is the time to party (just be careful; don’t drink and drive) so catch up on your reading the beginning of the week, get all your homework and studying out off the way, and get out of the house.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Stress Release

Stress is a topic that comes up very frequently in almost everyone’s life. There is always a chance of losing a job, not having any money to pay for a person’s wants and needs, or even finding the right person to spend the rest of your life with. Every person handles their stress differently and it all depends on their levels of stress; there is numerous ways of dealings with theses stresses. The blog Five Easy Ways to Reduce your Stress Today that gives five ways to deal with stress and how to overcome high stress levels in public places. The first tip is to take breaks about every two hours from your work or homework; it is important that your brain gets the required oxygen that you don’t get while you are sitting. Also, in that tip it states a simple walk for a few minutes and just a good laugh can help. The second technique refers to breathing exercises. Eating spicy foods, the third tip, is also a way for the brain to relax. Then, the fourth tip was suggests eating healthy and exercising to reduce your stress. The last and final tip is using a biofeedback machine that helps one bring down his/her stress. When stress comes, it can be helpful to try these methods. I have tried some of these methods and can relate to them, but I can also find some methods a bit crazy.
There is a couple of methods I agree with and plan on using to lower my stress levels. The first technique listed is a subject that I can relate to; I often take breaks during my homework and, come back to work on it later. A break gives me an opportunity to clear my mind and possibly think of better ideas to expand my paper. However, I do find it hard sometimes to take a break when I am rushing to get my work done because I have other things I have to do like go to work or study for another class. I do agree very much with this technique, when and if it is possible it works very well. In addition technique I find that it the most one I can relate to states that dieting, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water and exercising will help reduce your high stress levels. I have experienced this technique and it works well too. When I get stressed out, I go and get on the elliptical to clear my mind, or (when I played softball) I would go out in the garage and hit off my softball tee. One thing I find interesting in this tip is that it tells you to stretch because this too releases stress. I plan on trying to add stretching to my daily list of things to do so I can try and release some stress.
When reading technique three, I really was shocked to find out that spicy foods actually get a person to think clearer. In tests, it is to be found that spicy foods cause your brain to release hormones which, helps to relieve stress. If I would have known this earlier in my college career, I would have ate chili everyday about three times. However, in the end of the description Destin Lewis tells one to steer clear of a lot of spicy foods because it causes ulcers, which I bet are even more pain than the stress.
I found one technique that I thought was extreme and probably would not do to release stress. Breathing in and out through one nostril, I view as a little crazy. It tells one to plug one nostril and breathe in through the other nostril and out with your mouth. Now I have heard of breathing in through the nose and out with the mouth, but to plug one nostril. At the end of the tip, it tells one to avoid doing this tip if the person has a cold; I find that part funny because when I have a cold I can’t breathe out my nose anyways.
This last and final technique I found strange; I never new that a machine could help one with stress. The author states “These devices train you to control a biological process such as heart rhythm in order to become habitually more relaxed” ( Easy Ways).I, myself, would not hook my body up to a machine to release stress; I think I would try to release it by the other techniques before relying on a machine to make me better.
Ultimately, Destin Lewis, the author of the blog, uses an easy format for the reader. The blog is listed in bullets, so it is easier for the reader to understand the techniques. The author of the blog explains the techniques well, so people can use them if they wanted. I wish that the author would have put more ways to reduce stress, and maybe even explained how he reduces stress.
I find it gives good techniques on how to deal with stress because it is easy to read, I clearly understood the blog. However, when one has a lot of stress I think these might now work. When one is dealing with stress, he/she have to minimize it and hope he/she doesn’t get overwhelmed. I believe that I am going to take the exercise tip and place that into my life again. I am hoping that these tips I learned will help me reduce my stress levels and possibly become a calmer person.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Living in a Small Town

Living in a small town with only one stoplight and where everyone knows your name is sometimes extremely intimidating, but also nice too. People hold you to higher standards because they have seen you grow up and they have known your family for years. I find it rather difficult living up to everyone’s expectations because nothing is a secret in this town.
You can do something one night and your parents find out the next morning that you have got into trouble; news in this little town spreads like “wild fire”. My parents and family have made good influences on me to make good decisions. I’m an eighteen year old college student who does not drink. After, losing two family members in car accidents related to alcohol; I find it rather tough to put myself in that situation. Everyone in the community knows this too, and holds me to not drinking and relies on me to be the so called “DD”. I would rather drive them around than seeing my very close friends get into a car accident and possibly losing their life.
There are also many positives about living in a small town. There is not that extra stress of not knowing someone or not being able to trust people when you need help. Living in Hanover/ Marne there is always that nice neighbor or even family that is there to help with any needs. I have grown up living in about a five mile radius of all my family; thus, the explanation of seeing them almost everyday. I love having my close family because they are always there when you need them. Living in a small town is also nice because you never have to introduce yourself to someone; they already know you from your parents. A lot of people my parents graduated with I recently graduated with their kids. Although, there is the typical small town drama, from everyone knowing everyone’s business; hence, not getting away with nothing.