let's be honest. why do we blog?
most, have stories to share. anxious for the world to know about how their day went.
some, take freedom of expression seriously and want their opinions to matter.
a few, take this as a way to make this world a better place by spreading wisdom.
for the first group, they prefer to paint their lives on blog sphere for others to see and analyse, sharing details from that bitter break up to the latest pair of sneakers they bought to the tragic death of that-old-lady-living-across-the-street's cat.
the second group voices out their views with poise, self-assured that they are doing a great thing by sharing their great thoughts, giving great reviews on the not so great current happenings.
and last but not least, the third group. these are the people who see blogging, is not just a way to enhance your writing skill, or to be the protege of Simon Cowell, the political and economical version of critics that is, or even to be the worshipper of xoxo-gossip-girl. they see blogging, as a way to correct what's not. a way to get on the right track, and once you're there, get others to join you too. they, folks, see blogging as a responsibility to make the world a better place. to spread righteous and to abstain from evil.
now, why didn't i see blogging that way before?
one might argue: 'hey suka hati aku lah nak blog pasal ape. aku punye blog. aku punye mase. aku punye jari.'
yes, its all yours. your rights, your time. your blog space, your fingers.. its all yours.
*Article 19 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) provides that:
“1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.
2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.
3. The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2 of this article carries with it special duties and responsibilities. It may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only be such as are provided by law and are necessary:
(a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others;
(b) For the protection of national security or of public order (ordre public), or of public health or morals.”
the quality or state of being responsible: moral, legal, or mental accountability
yes. its all yours still. your rights, your time. your blog space, your fingers.. its all still yours.
its also your responsibility.
blogging, is more than pouring your words into cyberspace. its a responsibility. not to pose your fab life for others to see. not to spread malicious stories about those who disagree with you. its not just a privilege, but also a duty, that must be done wisely.
note to self: i feel so ashamed. hence, will blog more responsibly. i want to be the change that i want to see :)