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Blog Challenge: Have Blogs Changed the World?

I recently posted a blogging challenge on changing the world in 30 seconds and it got me thinking about how blogs have had such an amazing impact on the world today.

While many think about blogs as offering examples of freedom of speech, allowing those who have long not been heard to shout their message to the world, I believe blogs have done more than that.

Businesses have blogs. Children have blogs. Seniors have blogs. Got a hobby? Blog about it. Got a passion, blog about it. Anyone can blog and while many do, some shouldn’t. But either way, it’s easy and even free to blog and anyone can blog.

Blogs have influenced opinions. While not completely considered “true journalism”, they are now popular with the news media, with journalists blogging and journalists interviewing and getting tips from bloggers. Blogs have impacted politics, shopping, marketplaces, and shaped opinions.

Your blogging challenge this week is to answer the question:

Have blogs changed the world?

List specific examples, if you have them, and let us know how blogs are changing the way we communicate, get information, give information, and how they are changing your life, as well as the world we live in.

As usual, send a trackback or leave a comment below to let us know you’ve accepted this week’s Blog Challenge, or post it in the comments below. You can find more blogging challenges in the Blog Challenge category.


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12 Comments

  1. Posted January 16, 2007 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Have blogs changed the world? Yes. Definitely. It has empowered every half wit to publish his nonsensical rubbish everywhere. I love it.

  2. Posted January 16, 2007 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Agreed, they have changed the world as we know it; but it is still a ‘tool’ just like any other we’ve had. What will truly change the world is when people choose to use the tool and more importantly their influence to make that change occur. There are lots of “A-List” bloggers out there who make a lot of noise about change but their efforts really lack impact.

  3. Posted January 18, 2007 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    I think if one thing you’ve written–on a “blog” or not–is found useful by one person, then, yes, you’ve changed the world. Sometimes the biggest changes can start with one person. I agree with Root that a lot of it is worthless, but then there’s a lot of it that isn’t, too.

  4. Posted January 18, 2007 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    I think the blogs did not only change the world – it created a new world called the blogosphere :) But yeah, blogs have changed the way things work. Instant publishing for anybody – the long tail for information searchers.

  5. Posted January 18, 2007 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Blogs are extremely important in a countries where journalism is influenced by the government. Why, even in those nations where there is freedom of speech you have big businesses influencing the media.
    The Blogs are a shining example of free speech. Sure, the blogosphere has it’s share of half wits, but we have half-wits in other professions too, don’t we?

  6. allie
    Posted January 26, 2007 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    I dont think that blogs have changed the world. It is a good way to express your opinion and feelings, but it has nothing to do with changes of the world. You would still be able to express yourself regardless if you had blogs or not. But it is nice to see what other people think of a certain subject.

  7. Posted November 26, 2007 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    Even if it haven’t, it sure have give people the idea.

  8. Posted May 1, 2008 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    Well my blog was able to close off a major street in the city and have a giant piece of public artwork banished to the outskirts of the city.

  9. Posted May 28, 2008 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Blogs Changed the World for all media. More people than a little have blogs on Myspace, facebook and other social networking sites. This is the blogosphere world today!!!!!!

  10. Anonymous
    Posted October 23, 2009 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    I believe that blogs are definitely changed the world, they bring us a whole new coception of communition… not only a way of expressing ourselves, but also a great mean of communiton, in which you can get information as well as share your opinion. I believed blogs have help peolple to be fearless, specially in conuntires in which the media and basically everthing is controlled by a weak goverment.

  11. Annoymous
    Posted January 18, 2010 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    i beleive blogs are starting to change the world and are forever starting to develop. This is because more and more people have started to read these blogs and gain knowledge about whats going on in the world. From this people are starting to understand and try to do something about these issues.

  12. Danielle
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 3:28 am | Permalink

    Yes.. i agree to do this first challenge, people can make a difference by giving feedback and also by giving money ton help raise a bettern life.


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