While walking over the bridge which takes the students from their halls of residences to the university campus, I snapped this almost fully-grown cygnet with its head dipped into the icy cold water. I didn’t notice it at the time, but once home I couldn’t help but see the ever-increasing circles radiating out from the swan’s head. It struck me that this is a good metaphor for all the actions we undertake, decisions that we make, everything we do in our day to day lives which have further-reaching effects than we could ever have imagined at the time. In this day and age when many of our interactions are carried out through the internet, the physical distance between bodies makes it easy to feel that we are all operating within our individual bubbles.
One of my favourite blogs, Icing, is celebrating it’s 1st birthday today. Over 670 posts, Gala has created a wonderful space which provides inspiration to so many. If you read some of the comments on her Birthday post you’ll see that, in actuality, the relatively simple act of writing up a post, and publishing it up on the world wide web for everyone and anyone to read, is an immensely powerful act which can affect the everyday lives of so many.
The truth is that no-one operates within a bubble, but by daring to blog, by daring to dip our beaks into this strange phenomenon that is Web 2.0 this fact becomes magnified several times over. We are the creators of our own ever-increasing circles.
What changes has your blog effected? How has blogging changed your experience of being in the world?