In our class discussion today, we talked about the decline of journalism because of blogs and other public forums on which anyone can post ideas and thoughts. This reminded me of a girl I knew in high school who was really interested in fashion and journalism. When she went to college (Suffolk in Boston) she started her own blog called “Sparkles and Secrets.” I’ve casually followed her blog through Facebook but I’ve never been particularly invested in it. However, she recently gained immense status for a recent post, “A Letter to a One Night Stand.” After being reposted on a few common college sites (betcheslovethis), her post has made it all the way to buzzfeed.com and even Reddit. She has reached over 100,000 views.
The success of her blog has gotten me thinking about our ability to spread a message and reach people. In class today it seemed that many of us felt discouraged, as if we did not have the skills or means to change people’s minds on an issue. I think the popularity of this single blog post proves us all wrong. I know the author has faced some really harsh criticism for what she has to say in this blog and, while I don’t necessarily agree with all of her points, I admire the fact that she writes about such a controversial issue. I find it encouraging that, even though it isn’t the most philanthropic or life changing of issues, the author was able to get her message to so many people.
Here is a link to the post: http://www.buzzfeed.com/newyorkcindy/a-letter-to-a-one-night-stand-love-it-or-hate-it-fqsp