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I'm a Teen Blogger

A couple weeks ago (or was it a month ago) I was reading this post on a blog I have been following, A String of Purls. it's a fantastic blog, if you haven't read it, but this post caught my eye because of the title. "Is Blogging the new Pastime for Kids?"

I read through the post with interest, probably because I am a teen blogger, and this post would tell me what adults think of my kind.

  The post literally shocked me!

Not that it was a bad post, it was really well written, and Megan (the blogger) gave a good point. But I didn't really agree with it.

I don't think it was the post more than it was the comments that bothered me.

One person said; Sometimes I wonder what they could possibly write about?


I would totally disagree with the idea that teens don't have anything to write about. Look at all of the incredible teen blogs out there! 

Yes, in my time I have read some really shallow, pointless blogs, but not all of them are written by teens. Adults can have inspiration blocks too!

And really teen bloggers are out there because they want to be heard. Blogging because, maybe, someone will actually care about what they have to say. Or, if they're like me, love to write, but find keeping a journal or diary very boring. 

Being a teen is hard, and sometimes we just want someone to hear us out.
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In the post, and the comments, I think they were bashing technology more than teen bloggers. They were all talking about how they had more family time, and did important stuff instead of going on the internet when they were teens, because well, they didn't have the internet when they were young.

Some people talked about how when they have kids they are going to forbid the use of technology, unless it's unnecessary. 

But it all goes back to one thing, you all didn't have the internet when you were teens! You will never know what it's like for us, the world just a click away. 

Adults can say what they want to say. That they are better people because they spent less time in front of a screen then this generation does. But really they will never know what it's like!

And yes, even I think I need a little more off-screen time, but I'm in High School, and need the computer for school and stuff, so completely banning it isn't exactly an option for me.
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I'm pretty sure that I'm kicking a hornet's nest with this post, because I do have some older followers. But I just had to get that off my chest, and let you all know what I think of teen blogging.

Of course, I am a teen blogger. 

What do you guys think?

25 comments

  1. Go Teen Bloggers! I feel the exact same way about this. Great post :)

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  2. Well, honestly, I think your blog is great, and not just because I have known you your whole life. :-)

    I think there are people of all ages who just want to be heard and to know if anyone cares.... I think there will always be some of us at any age who need to say something about our own observations of life as we live it. People (of any age) who don't understand that tend to be people who don't have that need.

    As for the issue of teens spending too much time in front of the computer screen.... I can relate to that as a mom, but at the same time, I know that when I was a teen, I spent a lot of time in front of the TV screen. My generation was known as the first generation raised on television. The previous generations watched a few programs here and there, and most in black and white. My generation grew up with all day long programming "in living color" ... I know way too much about the tv shows of the 70's and 80's. I am not saying this is ok or any better... in fact, it might be why people my age realize that there is something needed in balance. But, it isn't fair to make a judgement against young people who have a technology that we didn't have, and say that they couldn't possibly have anything to say. It would be disrespectful at any age, really.

    I think the most important thing that I see with our latest technology that we ALL need to be aware of is that the more opportunity we have to be "connected" through technology, the more isolated we have become from our community. It is important to know how to manage both, imo. All things in moderation.

    Keep blogging, Hannah! You have a lot to share.

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    1. Yep, while we have the internet, the adults had T.V. :)

      And I totally agree. There defiantly needs to be a balance between the virtual world and the real world. :)

      Thanks for the comment, Jennifer

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  3. I read it, and it hurt my feelings a little. There's absolutely nothing wrong with blogging as a teen. Yes, I have a blog, but that doesn't mean I spend all my time online. Far from it, actually.

    I have too much to say, so I'm just gonna stop. :)

    Piper♥

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    1. Yeah, it hurt my feelings a little bit too. I just felt like I needed to put my feelings out there too.

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  4. I read that post too. Their is a balance of being on the computer and being in the real world. their has to be a balance or else we use up all of our time on the computer. not that I'm bashing technology; its a cool advancement but use it wisely and don't let your world be all about technology. Have some off time computer too.

    Their is a point to both of the blogs.

    ( you asked me what I thought!)
    --Rachel S :)

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    1. Yep, defiantly, there has to be a balance.

      Thanks for your thoughts, Rachel :)

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  5. I totally agree Hannah. What could I write about? Oh, lets see: Everyday life with adopted sibling. My relationship with God. Spiritual struggles, and depression from my brother's death.
    I think I have quite a bit to write about.
    I am reminded of 1 Timothy 4:12
    ~Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young. But be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, in your faith, and your purity.~
    Emma <3

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    1. Yes, our lives aren't as boring as they might think. Being the oldest of (almost) seven, I have tons to write about. :)

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  6. As a fellow teen blogger, I, of course, totally agree! For instance, I blog about books, because there is a whole genre and a half devoted to teens. I don't think I'll ever run out of interesting things to talk about. There is so much that can be said. So many things that I have opinions on!
    Great post and great points, Hannah!
    ~Sarah Faulkner

    www.inklinedwriters.blogspot.com

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    1. yes, Sarah, you do have a lot to write about with your subject being books :) I enjoy reading your blog too.

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  7. I agree that there are to many teens out there spending there lives on electronics and technology and I agree that it needs to stop but there are the kids and teens that enjoy the internet and use it to share their thoughts and opinions also if you're an aspiring writer a blog can be a great way to gain an audience and know what the public thinks before you decide to publish your first work also not every child and teen buries there face in the cyber world I think what the author of that post was trying to say is that to many people out there are not actually living their lives outside of the world of technology and I agree that too many people and not just kids and teens are not actually living their lives I can hardly say chatting on facebook is as good as a REAL conversation tell me if I'm getting confusing now.
    Your Friend
    Poem Girl

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    1. I forgot to put this in the post, but, yeah, there does need to be a balance. so that I can maintain a relationship with my online friends and my real friends.

      Thanks for your thoughts, Poem Girl :)

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  8. Kids shouldn't blog? I think it's fine. I mean, really. I LOVE blogging. :) Not only to get I get to interact with people I'd never meet anyways in person, but it's also a great way to interact with people I do know but live far away and that I don't get to see much. It's just like Facebook, I suppose, but with longer posts. It's a place to connect. And you can still spend time with your family.

    (aka I agree with you, Hannah... ;))

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    1. Blogging is great, especially for a couple of aspiring writers, like you and me. :) it gives us an audience. And several authors use blogs for marketing, though I don't have a book to market, yet ;) Keep on blogging!

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    2. Oh, yes . . . I'm so happy I've "met" some bloggers that I otherwise wouldn't have! I wasn't following this blog when you made this post, Hannah, but I read about it on somebody else's blog and it nettled me. There are so many exceptionally talented teen bloggers out there. Seriously! Look at blogs like God's Daughter and Bramblewood Fashion, with over 800 followers . . . both mature young ladies who started out as teens.

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  9. Great post Hannah!
    I know what you mean, often we can be judged by our age and not by what we are actually writing or putting out into the world. There are a lot of people who don't understand that we can actually make a difference by what we say on our blogs.
    And far from spending too much time on the internet, I've found that I need to often pick my self up and purpose to write or post something about what I've been up to, rather that just letting my blog go because I just can't be bothered to put effort into it. : )

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    1. most people probably just skim through a blog, or not even read it at all, and label it as "a bad blog" when they learn it's being written by a teen.

      And yeah, it is quite hard sometimes to remember to update our blogs.

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  10. I like the way you think, Hannah!

    Everyone, regardless of age (etc) has thoughts and deserves to voice them in whatever manner they please. I started writing in journals as soon as I could form a sentence... And if I would have had internet back in the day you'd best believe that I would have had a blog.

    Not to mention, some of the wisest and deepest thoughts come from those that are younger than us, usually because they aren't jaded.

    Last, you're right - I see numerous pointless blogs and blog posts and the majority are put out by adults.

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    1. The funny thing is, I could never write in journals. It was always so boring writing just for myself, I need people to read, and care about what I think. haha. but yeah, I love blogging, and I'm going to keep doing it, no matter what people might tell me. :)

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  11. I wanted to say thank you for following my blog, Hannah :) New followers are so exciting and encouraging. And I really liked this post! I believe that a lot of teens today can be irresponsible and immature . . . but I also know that there are MANY extremely intelligent young men and women who blog INCREDIBLY well, and those adults that you speak of would be flabbergasted. One of my favorite examples of this is my sister Hallie over at halliejophotography.blogspot.com. She's nineteen now, but she was only sixteen when she started the blog, and she is very, very mature. And her photos are incredible!

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    1. your very welcome. I love following new blogs! :)

      I'll need to check out your sister's blog. :)

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  12. I think you're 110% correct. I adore blogging. And I adore reading blogs. Seriously, I think children are smarter than adults. Adults are wiser. Children are smarter. There's a big difference. Wiser means you've seen more of the world and know what has happened in the past. Smarter means logically. Childrens' brains are more active than adult brains. I mean, look at all the children prodigies and geniuses out there. (I'm reading An Abundance of Katherines. It talks about children prodigies and stuff.) Children/teens are also good writers. And blogging is writing. I know I may not be making sense, but all I'm tryng to say is that just because adults are older, doesn't mean children are immature.

    ~Jenny

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    1. I think there are a mix between smart, and not-so-smart teens. But I think that the smart ones are judged and misunderstood because of the mistakes and ignorance of the not-so-smart teens. it's something we need to fix. :)

      Thanks for your comment, Jenny. :)

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