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Blogging, WordPress and the Social Media Revolution.

Posted in Blogging, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2012 by Val McCall

I started toying with blogging in 2003. I was fascinated with the idea of talking to no one in particular but possibly everyone who just might, for some inexplicable reason, surf the Internet and find me. That “everyone” was enticing. The fact that it was free and I was free to have my say, of sorts, was equally enticing. And once someone left a comment for me — even a spammer, well, that was it.

I didn’t keep my blog up. Busy work schedule, retiring and then trying to go back to school, vacations, family events and any number of reasons got in the way of me logging onto the Internet, signing into my blog and posting something. My other voice of reason couldn’t let go of the idea that while I could sit in my favorite chair and write about whatever entered my head at any given moment, I couldn’t do that on the Internet. What would one of those 5 people who decided to “follow” my blog think?

In 2007, that all changed and I began blogging in earnest. My focus was politics and the 2008 presidential campaign. I found a new tool for my blog — political activism; grassroots call-out to the masses to rally together and storm the Bastille in the name of sweet justice. Like Woodstock goers who now revisit the area of the infamous 1968 rockfest and stay at a local bed and breakfast, take a bike tour or visit the Center for Photography at Woodstock, hoping to find a photo of themselves at the rockfest hanging on the wall (or maybe not), the Bastille is now home to many shops and caf├ęs, a beautiful subway station and an opera house; a real tourist attraction.

Place de La Bastille | National Geographic

I also found some sexy and engaging Internet tools, Twitter, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, YouTube and a lot more. I was in heaven.

As much as I enjoyed the blog platform that I was using, I needed to go to the next level and that’s when I found WordPress 2.0. Actually, WP found me. Friends who read my blog kept asking me when was I going to make the switch to WP 2.0. So, in 2009, I did.

Besides a host of wonderful themes created by fellow users, recommended links, tags and photos, widgets and the ability to connect to other social media tools, the “Freshly Pressed” section has become a favorite place for me. When I log onto WP, instead of going straight to one of my blogs, I check out what others are writing about. I discover new recipes, breath-taking photos, wonderful posts that make me laugh or think a little deeper, and most important, relationships with others through their postings on blogs that I follow.

Today, I found this YouTube video in one of the recommended links. It’s called, “Social Media Revolution.” How fitting for an old radical activist like me. Enjoy.