For those who find it difficult to speak in public, a blog is a good fallback to being able to express yourself. It is not a barrier to hide behind, but a valuable tool to enable exposure of thoughts, ideas, concepts and observations that would otherwise go unnoticed, unrepresented and neglected through lack of publicity.
I’m sure there are lots of people who prefer to write than speak. Embarrassment and shyness are just some of the symptoms that prevent speaking in public, and a blog allows intelligent conversations to happen that would otherwise be permanently silent.
Listening to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 this morning, an interesting item came up. A lady with Tourette’s Syndrome was interviewed. This was interesting not because of the variety of tics she uttered during the conversation, but because of the fluidity and intelligence of her normal speech. She could easily have become a vocal advocate for Tourette’s if she was not so bothered by the extraneous noises she involuntarily uttered.
Because of her condition, which was actually quite severe, she had created a blogsite about the humorous value of her tics, accompanied by entertaining cartoons (created by her friends) to provide a pictorial element. This was her method of drawing attention and awareness of Tourette’s Syndrome in a way that did not undermine her situation.
But what intrigued me was that in her blog she is able to express herself as fluidly as her normal speech, but obviously without the tics. I only know this because I had had the opportunity to listen to her on the radio. So many people who don’t understand Tourette’s would ridicule her outlandish tics, including the swear words, and if they bothered to spare the time to look beyond these anomalies, they would see, and hear, and now because of her blogsite, read about the intelligent person behind them.