Last night at a Miami/We Media bloggers dinner (hosted by Alex deCarvalho of Scrapblog) Andy Carvin and I got into a discussion about how we got blogging…which got us thinking: how do bloggers get to be bloggers? Why do we take up self-publishing? Where did the passion for media–that’s evident in so many of us–come from?
Andy’s story: as a kid, he was taught to read and respect what he read in newspapers, but also to question what he read–to try to find out more about an issue or story.
My story: when I was 7, my Dad (a WWII vet–with a third-grade education–)taught me to read a newspaper. He also taught me to take in tv news broadcasts, and to listen to the different interpretations of the different broadcasters. He believed that an informed opinion on issues could only come from following different reports and perspectives.
Andy and I thought that perhaps the best media literacy education actually begins in the home. Media habits, like many other habits, might come from our parents. It’s the way both Andy and I were taught as children to consume media with the intention to understand, not re-enforce a preconceived notion–that has made us savvy media participants, not passive media consumers. Inquisitive minds, a passion for perspective and and a desire to participate in what we had been engaged with since childhood is what motivated us to become a part of media culture–writing and communicating with others through our blogs–not stand apart from it.
Robin Miller also talked a bit about it in this post on this blog.
So, Andy and I thought it would be nice to know stories of others who’ve taken up blogging (or working in media)–how did you learn about media? Did you get your lessons from family, friends, or someone else? Share your experience with us. . .that’s what the comments are for!