Positives and negatives are everywhere. You find them in mathematics, types of people, and the effects of a decision. Positives and negatives work their way into the life of almost everything.
I am terrible at math, but I know that when the positive number is greater than the negative number you will end up with a positive answer.
I also am terrible at life (kidding), but I know that when faced with a difficult decision weighing the positives and negatives assist you in making an important decision. Weighing one outcome against the other gives us a way to find the benefits of something…to get an answer to the problem that is in front of us.
We have all heard experts talk about the negative effects of social networking. They talk about how we have lost the ability to show emotion and communicate clearly. The negatives of social networking seem to be great, but I would say that the positives far out weigh the negatives.
The reason social networking has taken off is the ability to connect people with other people. The greatest way this is demonstrated is in the blog world. It seems like everyone has a blog these days, babies even have blogs. Blogs have become a way to express ourselves for the world to see in a safe environment. What has changed blogs into a place of community is the opportunity to comment and converse with the author and readers.
The greatest thing that separates people is distance. We typically are friends with people that we live around. We do life with these people that are close to where we live. But this has all changed in the last several years. What was once the greatest separator of man, space, has now become the vehicle that is bringing them together. The ability to have your own space to share your ideas, thoughts, feelings, and emotions has changed the way we do community. This is best demonstrated inside the comment stream of a blog.
Most blogs (I am mainly talking about Christian blogs) are in existence to create community. I have read several times on multiple different blogs that the authors are very appreciative of the people that comment and often say they are learning from the comments just as much as we are learning from them. The ability to take several different thoughts and feelings about a certain subject and dialogue about it is something that is making the blog experience well worth the time invested. Through commenting on different blogs and weighing in on the conversation, community is had by all participants.
I read a comment from someone yesterday about their favorite blogs they read. They listed out all the blogs that they follow and then added this at the end, “but I do not comment on any of them.” A couple of thoughts ran through my mind. A) Why did he feel it necessary to throw that in at the end? B) Why doesn’t he comment? But what got me thinking the most about this statement is the community that this guy is missing out on. Bloggers write post for you to comment on. They are not just writing for the sake of themselves. Bloggers write so that others comment. They write so that they can create community, community that brings about growth and learning.
Remember, Commenting brings Community.