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Blogs have power

While surfing, yesterday, I was on Margalit’s blog and read her post about her Johari Window. It is a “window” revealing how others see you. I thought it was interesting…yes, I was the social psych. major. I know.

Then, today I was on M@’ blog (an online friend) and he raised some interesting questions. When do people stop being strangers and how has the definition of a stranger changed with technology? How well do we know our online friends and do we know them better than our “real life” friends? It is a really great post. Please go read it and you will understand even better why his post influenced me to write this post.

I kinda started thinking. How do all of you see me? Do I come across like I do in “real life”? Isn’t my blog “real life”? You see how this can be complicated.

Well, how can I know how you all see me? I will combine Margalit’s and M@’s posts into one. I will ask all of you, my good online friends, that read and have came to know me through From my French window to play a little game.

Please, go to my Johari Window (positive) and my Nohari Window (all heartless and negative…don’t worry I can take it ;) I am a big girl) and take a few moments to participate in this interesting (I hope) experiment. I would like to see if the online me is anything like the offline me. Do you see me as my offline friends and family see me? Am I not the same person?

Let’s see!

I will be happy to share with you afterwards if you all are even close…what is the same and what is different.

If anyone else wants to do this let me know in the comments box or send me an email at myfrenchwindow@gmail.com and I will post a link to your post here.

In my opinion, blogs are changing the world.

Update: I have decided to make this post my Thinking Thursday post. I think it is a good one. All I need to do is expand on it a bit.

I started thinking about Connie’s blog and how her posts are always informative and cheerful to read. She is the most proactive person I know. Yet, she has an energy that makes me want to join her and not hide from her. I love reading her blog as well as many others (you will find these in my blogroll) that have helped me adapt to living in France and not feeling so isolated in a country where I can barely speak the language. I have blogs that I read from all over the world and I love it.
Let me ask you how blogs have influenced you and your life. Have you made friends online and have you seen the world differently because of a blog or blogs? What do you think about all this blogging stuff? Is blogging changing the world? Do blogs have power? Are the bloggers we read who we think they are?

Feel free to add to my list of questions or add your reflections and thoughts on blogging.

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  • M@ March 1, 2006, 6:02 pm

    The Johari window is interesting. The only fault I can find in the idea is that all the words are positive. Which may be more beneficial than a mixed group of words, but still seems strange that it is only one side of the coin.

  • Pumpkin Pie March 1, 2006, 6:11 pm

    Agreed, there is another one that is all neg. and just as one sided…I think a mixed group of words pos. and neg. would be better. I will post the neg. window too. Thanks, M@ for pointing that out…maybe, that is why you are an online friend. You always make my posts better! :)  Oh, and I can’t forget the making me blush!

  • cj March 1, 2006, 6:24 pm

    Awwe Thank you so much for the compliment! It really warmed the cockles of my heart, as my grandma would say. :) I am going to have to check out the window, a few times I’ve been told to go there but it always says the server is busy.

  • M@ March 1, 2006, 6:34 pm

    :-$. That’s neat that there is a neg. one, but even some of the neg. ones aren’t really all that neg. just descriptive. They really need to have a block with a mix of words.

  • Pumpkin Pie March 1, 2006, 6:42 pm

    Agreed. Hmmmm…too bad I suck at computers or I’d make one up. I think it would be fun.

  • kim March 1, 2006, 11:35 pm

    I can’t wait to hear the results of your experiment:) I find you to be such a fun – loving person!

  • margalit March 2, 2006, 7:20 am

    I found that it was MUCH easier to pick out the positives than the negatives. I really struggled to come up with five negative things because I don’t think most of them fit you at all. When I did my Nohari window I thought it didn’t cover much of my negative aspects at all. I don’t know, but the choices on the negative one seemed to harsh to me.

  • Pumpkin Pie March 2, 2006, 7:48 am

    Margalit,
    I thought the same thing. The negative ones are very harsh. I guess they should be, but ouch!!!
    I had a hard time picking the negative ones because I couldn’t find any that fit me. I would have put doesn’t trust easily, holds too much inside, easily distracted, waits till the last minute to get things done….oh, the list goes on and on. I have negative attibutes but those aren’t really on the list. ;)

  • Wendy March 2, 2006, 10:44 am

    Sorry but the negative words are too ‘over the top’ and I don’t really perceive a negative you through your blog – so I can’t begin to assess that side of you.

    I think on my blog I am honest about myself but I don’t post all my gloomy thoughts and feelings – it would make for a depressing read and my blog is more a form of entertainment for me – a fun hobby – than an outlet for my feelings.

  • Pumpkin Pie March 2, 2006, 11:03 am

    Wendy,
    You are right….I like to put all my positive vibes into my blog and give all my negative vibes to my husband…lol! Well, he may feel that way at times.

    I think blogging is my creative outlet…maybe, why my blog is so all over the place. It is whatever I am thinking or doing at that particular moment.

  • Pauline March 2, 2006, 11:54 am

    I am with Wendy on this the ‘negative’ words are far too dramatic. I find it pretty hard to choose words from either list in fact to describe how you come across to me. So I will just give you a few instead. Sweet, naïve ( and I mean this in the nice sense) gentle, thoughtful ( as in you think deeply about things, this post is a good example) kind and loyal. A mother trying to make the best of her life, for her kids and her husband.

    I don’t have any negative vibes from your blog, other than being quite naïve ( but then that isn’t really negative is it ?)and I only think that because I have a huge default and that is that I am very cynical.

    It’s funny there are certain blogs and the bloggers annoys the hell out of me, but I go back anyway. That is odd isn’t it ? Those ones I don’t even put in my buddy list. Does anyone else do this ? Visit a blog knowing that you will be annoyed buy what you read ?

  • Pumpkin Pie March 2, 2006, 1:37 pm

    Pauline,
    Thank you…what you said was very nice. About being naive, I know that I am.
    When I was seventeen my best friend had to explain what 69 was. I had never heard it before or just never put it together by myself. :) My husband had to explain alot to me about the world because I had never traveled and my family is very closed to outsiders (so to speak).
    I have one blogger that I have visited since I started blogging, but they are not in my blogroll because I haven’t figured them out, yet. I love reading some of their posts but most of the time they seem very selfish, self centered and depressed. Or, maybe, they are just showing their very human side? Besides, they are big enough they don’t need my little link anyhow.

  • Wendy March 3, 2006, 1:11 am

    Oh dear – Pauline and Pumpkin you have made me tres tres curieuse….now who could you two be secretly visiting…danged if I know! But yeah – I have a few blogs I visit often and they’re not on my blogroll. They’d be out of place.

  • christina March 4, 2006, 11:27 pm

    The negative ones were really hard for me too, and I don’t think they really fit so just ignore them :-). I think I would have chosen something like “naive” or “innocent” as well, but not in a negative way. There are postive and negative sides to every character attribute.

    I go to tons of blogs that annoy the heck out of me. It’s nice to get the different viewpoint sometimes.

  • Pumpkin Pie March 5, 2006, 9:25 am

    That is why I love blogging…Christina. I like reading blogs written by people who are different from me, too. Then, I try to see their viewpoint. Or, I find a really funny blog that makes me laugh…yesterday, I found a blog of a new mother and it brought back so many memories.

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