How we spend our time on the internet makes a difference in the greater scheme of things.
When we focus our attention on gossip and spreading negativity in the blogosphere, what we are really doing is spreading jealousy, pessimism and hate into the world.
Alternatively when we are engaged in constructive and positive activities, we become part of the solution and spread love, optimism and wisdom to the online masses!
This great web of interconnectedness may be the ultimate platform that breaks through the barriers and spreads peace, equality and love throughout our wonderful planet. Once we catch a glimpse of this potential, is there any question about the way we should act?
Here are 9 of the most positive ways you can spend your time in the blogosphere:
1. Find Blogs That Discuss Environmental and Sustainability Issues
Go to a place like World Changing and read some incredible stories about environmental change that is happening across the globe. Or, go to Earth Lab and learn (in 5 minutes) what your personal carbon emissions look like. The point is, there is a LOT of good going on in the world and environmental and sustainability blogs are not only plentiful but the impetus for a myriad of world-wide improvements.
2. Share the GOOD Stuff
How many email forwards do you get a day that are filled with nonsense? Blogging and the internet are viral in nature, and I recommend you be the change and start sending out some useful information to your friends and co-workers. Perhaps an article you read on Green Options really hit home and other people in your life might enjoy it. Try sending a few articles that are important to you, and I bet you start getting some quality in return.
3. Watch The Gossip
Some of the most highly-trafficked blogs discuss things like Britney Spears partying habits and Paris Hilton’s relationship exploits. Although these types of stories can be amusing and entertain us for a little while, they do not provide a whole lot of positive energy in the world. I am not saying to cut all of this stuff out, just start adding in more productive blogging habits (as we are discussing here)!
4. Find Self-Improvement Blogs
One of the great features of the internet and blogosphere is the incredible amount of material out
there that can help you live a better life. Instead of reading about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, find a blog that can help you with insomnia problems, career dilemmas, and food issues. There are so many people out there willing to give you great advice; all you need to do is look! Check out Priscilla Palmer’s wonderful website which for a comprehensive list of personal development websites from all over the world.
Believe it or not, people want to hear your opinion and will thoughtfully respond to you if you take the time to write your opinion! Find a blog, or a few blogs, that you really enjoy and become an active voice in that community. Furthermore sharing your point of view can be therapeutic and is a great activity for your own personal development.
6. Start Your Own!
Starting your own blog gives you the ability share your views with a worldwide audience. You do not have to become a professional blogger (and have thousands of people reading your stuff) for this to be beneficial. Even attaining just one subscriber means that you are affecting the life of one other person on this planet– and that means something! Write about positive experiences, post beautiful pictures, and share stories of love.
7. Talk to Some of the Top Bloggers
Bloggers and individuals who run internet forums are some of the friendliest people to interact with because their whole purpose is to create community! When you find someone who really inspires you, email them directly or call them and find out how you can get more involved. They can be a tremendous resource and provide you with an abundance of websites, groups and organizations that epitomize your causes.
8. Use Social Networking Platforms
Social networking platforms like Stumble Upon, Propeller and Digg are some of the best places you can go to learn about all the wonderful things going on in the world. The greatest aspect of sites like these is that you are able to connect with people who share similar interests as you. Blogs and the internet literally come alive in these areas and are your gateway to hundreds of millions worldwide citizens!
9. Get Outside and PLAY
I had to end with this one, as so many of us get caught up in our addictive little online lives and forget that there is a whole beautiful world outside waiting for us to play in it! Make a point to blog positively, but also know when to call it quits. We talk a lot about “saving the world” online, and the best way to do this is go outside and enjoy it!
The internet can be the medium which acts as the impetus for ending injustice, oppression and the destruction of the eco-system. Stop and ask yourself: wouldn’t I rather be part of the solution?
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