The are still numerous myths floating around the blogosphere and you really have to marvel at all the different information sources, many of them conflicting. So here are my debunkings:
The simplest of all people can start a blog. I don’t think so! Though you don’t have to be super technical when it comes to blogging, you still should know how to use the computer, need an Internet connection and blog host (free or paid), some experience using the Internet and most importantly a passion for writing and communicating your thoughts.
Anyone can set up a blog. Some blogs are much easier to set up and use than others depending on your blog host (e.g., blogger, iblogs, typepad, tblog, etc.). Some blog hosts take you through a couple simple set-up steps and you’re off writing your first post but there are others that get far more technical than the average user may be ready for.
Blogging is just a breeze, I’m done before you know it. When you have a clear idea of what you want to say, writing posts may take just a few minutes. Those that involve complex issues or thoughts on the other hand might be a little harder to crack.
Most blogs are political. Many blogs focus on political topics but most blogs are just bloggers discussing their lives, loves and travels.
Blogs are in competition with the main-stream media. This is true in a few cases (not as many cases as bloggers would have you think). Just recently, there have been some very popular and influential social and politically-oriented blogs that have caused main-stream media outlets to back-track and change their coverage of important events.
Bloggers are all just making criticisms and have no new information to add.This may be true in some cases. But today, corporations, media outlets, public personalities, politicians and experts in almost every field have now joined the ranks of blog producers. All this expertise adds up new information to the blogosphere every now and then.
Not everything written on a blog is true. That’s a bit of an overstatement. You’ll run across bad information and even intentional untruths in blogs but, for the most part, bloggers who state facts are stating what they honestly believe to be fact. It is always up to the readers to verify that any information they receive is accurate information.