The Power: History of Writing & Blogging
Supporting the Florida Blogging Conference
Orlando, Florida Saturday, September 20 2014
The power of the written word has been seen for thousands of years,
individuals and groups sharing thoughts, ideas, impressions, feelings
and to tell the life histories of people and cultures.
Writing can be seen in the cave drawings of France, to the parchments
of ancient Egypt and other cultures using diverse materials. Egypt; the
invention of writing is attributed to the god Thoth who was the scribe
and historian of the gods.
The Maya’s, Itzamna was a shaman and sorcerer and attributed or
responsible for the creation of writing. Various cultures and societies
each had their influences in writing or in some cases could be determined
as early blogging (in my humble opinion).
Even in China writing was determined to come not from a god but an
ancient sage named Ts’ang Chieh. He was a minister in the court of the
legendary Huang Ti (Yellow Emperor). While not godly the invention of
writing was supposed to serve as a communication tool between heaven
and earth. So each serves as a strong tool to create, carry and engage
communication on a spiritual and mental level.
The distinctions and similarities of Blogging / Microblogging / Videoblogging
and Podcasting show the development of communication that humans
no matter the culture or gender can create distinct and adaptive ways
to share knowledge. When looking at the writing symbols of the French
cave drawings http://visual.ly/prehistoric-writing-stone-age-jottings and
even the hieroglyphics of Egypt
the development of writing that has grown to what is termed as
Blogging on a digital format. This continues to change as writing
is manipulated, transformed, dissected, adapted and tailored to the
increasing integration of technology tools and platforms.
The foundation is the human mind that conceives in thought the words that
are transcribed in to written or typed words. In a way these words are already
in an electrical format because the thoughts of man are generated by the
synapses of the mind, thus electrical impulses and birth by the hands onto
the materials for publication.
The formats of writing can be seen from the dynamic platforms being used
from Blogger, WordPress, Twitter (Microblogging), Tumblr, Google+ and
even Ghost to name a few. The options available can embrace the diversity
and creative characteristics of bloggers from novice to experts that have made
their art of blogging a financial enhancement to their lives.
Looking at the 15 Best Blogging Platforms
(http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/08/16/best-blogging-services/) it is
clear that blogging will remain as an important historical tool to share and
disseminate information on multiple levels.
Blogging; Webster’s dictionary describes blogging as, “diary: a personal
chronological log of thoughts published on a Web page”. The transition
from walls, to parchment, to paper and the digital realm are testimonies
to the ingenuity of mankind. The educational systems of this nation and
the world are embracing the opportunity for youth from elementary school
to high school in blogging. The benefits of writing are seen in more than
developing creative thoughts, but can be seen in developing critical thinking
and higher order thinking skills. How writing benefits children, teens and
young adults can be seen on the web site EduGuide and how writing
benefits many levels of thinking and even on an emotional level.
As a blogger I’m always excited to share my thoughts, ideas, experiences,
triumphs, challenges and other aspects of my life. Not to be egotistical,
vain or conceded, but because I have a connection with readers, my brothers
and sisters of the Blogosphere. Blogging has provided support, camaraderie,
introspection, and personal reflection of my life. It allows me to express my
thoughts from my life. Being a father, educator, African American, man,
human being, American, and other distinctions that I can share with others
I can choose to show my solidarity with world issues or my dislike and
disagreement with local and national issues. It is my choice, I can debunk
the stereotype’s people have of Black men, male educators, Black fathers,
divorced men, big brothers, dating in 2014, being intellectual, a reader of
Malcolm X, Carter G. Woodson, Chinua Achebe and how diverse my musical
interest are. All and more can be shared in my blogging.
The openness of technology embraces the ideas, ideological nuances,
applying these to online content in the Blogosphere that has influenced
all cultures around the world. The evolution of Blogging has helped those
that are uneducated in global awareness. People should remember that
not to long ago it was illegal to teach a slave to read and write during the
time of slavery not just in America, but around the world. Today Blogging
is responsible for showing the world the greatness of people and the
evil that can be created as well. There is an estimated over 8 million
bloggers in America (The State of Blogging (2005), Pew Internet &
American Life Project).
I have always encouraged African Americans and other people of color and
diversity that Blogging is vital because it allows the expansion into other areas
of digital communication. A platform of expression and cognitive expansion
on levels that allow for intellectualism and emotional communion. African
Americans need to learn the potential to expand their knowledge base locally
and globally in areas of politics, economics, education and cultural diversity.
Blogging allows the writer to be creators in this age of digital media that is
changing social interaction, allowing for collaboration, a paradigm in alliances
of the mind and taking social networking to levels of unprecedented growth.
African American Bloggers and those of diverse color are important because
they create original content specifically addressing diverse issues that may
never be recognized by traditional media or ignored because of a lack of
African American issues that demand notice, engagement and transformative
change. Latino / Hispanic bloggers are growing and establishing record
numbers in blogging content, other cultures are influential in their content
creation, bridging generational gaps, increasing intellectual levels, destroying
cultural and religious misunderstandings. The humanity in being human is
shared, allowing for collaboration that bridges distances, borders, generations,
On Saturday, September 20th will be the Florida Blogging Conference
http://www.flblogcon.com/ in Orlando, Florida. The expanding blogging and
technology conference that has changed the way Florida and the nation sees
the use and application of blogging and technology. Having been a presenter
at Florida Blogging Conference for Educators -http://school.flblogcon.com/presenters/
my presentation: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVGwPEPprQQ) and others
engaged educators to take their use of blogging and technology higher.
The information available allows for quintessential growth through networking, workshops, meetups and building life-long friendships. Bloggers should not
pass up opportunities like the Florida Blogging Conference. Even educators
have the Florida Blogging Conference for Educators, the first event was held
with more to come in 2015. I was proud to be one of the first educators to
present and speak at this great event that catered to educators of all levels.
To see the presentations view the slides on Slideshare at http://www.slideshare.net/FLBlogCon/flblogcon-edu-conference-guide
Blogging is here to stay and influencing growth across cultural, gender, and
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