Today, the act of writing and self-publishing on the web is unbelievably easy. Blogging is the word you’ve heard to describe this, and it is simply the act of publishing on the Internet. One of the most significant shifts the Internet and technological revolution has brought about is in the field of writing. Modern kids couldn’t grasp the tedium involved in things that are now taken for granted, from the differences of using a typewriter to word processing, or the simplicity of self-publishing.
You’ve Now Entered the Blogosphere
The Blogosphere, as it has come to be known, is the ubiquitous world of information compiled by a community of authors that publish their opinions on the net. (In fact what you’re reading right here is considered a blog). It’s changing the publishing world dramatically, as well as the opportunities available for would-be writers. And here’s the beauty of it: anyone with an Internet connection and a computer can get involved – for free.
Encouraging Children to Write
Encouraging our children to write has always made great sense, and with the ease of self-publishing our kids might see a gratifying reason to continue as people discover their written musings.
The two popular free blogging services, Blogger and Tumblr make it easy to get up and running right away. Both contain easy to use controls that help you shape the way your blog will be viewed. Both sites use the term “template”. Templates are simply different designs to showcase your blog from the color of the page, to the font of the writing, to the columns that link your articles. Both Tumblr and Blogger make it easy to preview different templates.