The Evolution of Logging

So I was reading up a little bit on blogs. Turns out it wasn’t until around 2004 that blogs became mainstream. The word “blog” is actually derived from the ancient term web-log, hence the name. Blogs are just one of various forms of logging, all of which chronicle information and/or experiences. Today’s blogs vary in subject matter: from fashion and food to lifestyle and fitness. In fact, there is probably a blog for just about anything you can think of. Some people even blog about blogs! (wink)

Anyways… the reason I was looking into it, was because I started seeing all these bloggers who were writing on subjects they had ZERO background or credibility in, and I thought, “Hey, I would kind of like to join them!” So I will be expanding the scope of topics I’m willing to write about, a considerable shift from the usual blogs about my health and treatment. 

I realize I have to be careful when writing these new types of posts because the motive is no longer cut and dry. The motivation will be transitioning from one of informing, based on experiences, to one of telling, based on perspective and advice. This is a slippery slope for a number of reasons. I’ll explain why, but first let me give you a quick rundown of the history of logging.

Logging is believed to have originated 40,000 years ago, first appearing through pictographs on cave walls. Cavemen would use sharpened stones to chisel into rock faces. These primitive cave-logs or “clogs” would depict things such as a successful battle against a ruthless predator or instructions for a new gluten-free recipe, whatever was deemed necessary for the next generation’s survival.

Today’s logging isn’t all that different from our ancestors, though the platforms have changed drastically. Just in the last few decades, new forms of logging have been adopted and, in many ways, abused. The recent surge in logging is due, in large part, to the Internet. Unfortunately, new research is emerging suggesting that blogging is actually a gateway log leading to more insidious forms, such as video logging or “vlogging” (as it’s known in the streets). This is when people regularly record videos of themselves and upload them to the internet. Vlogging is a relatively new form of logging, and the long-term effects are not yet known.

What we do know is that the logging rarely stops there, because it’s an addiction, each form leaving you more vain and self-obsessed than the last. So when vlogging no longer delivers that same high, creators eventually turn to “flogging”, that is, beating someone with a whip or stick as punishment or torture. It’s a horrible downward spiral that leaves you preying on the pain of others.

I’ve read countless stories: one day you are innocently blogging away on your laptop, and the next you find yourself out back beating someone to a pulp, wondering where it all went wrong. I don’t want to be that guy. So as I mentioned, I must tread carefully with these new types of blog posts. If I ever announce that I am going to start vlogging, I urge you to stage an intervention, before the logging gets out of hand. 

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