One of the interesting things that happens when you start a blog is that you find yourself thinking about things a lot more than you used to. Sometimes, I think we live in a world which discourages people from having opinions. Sure, we live in a democracy where freedom of speech is supposed to be paramount. However, we also live in a democracy which has only two parties which basically stand for the same thing. We discourage alternative viewpoints. Many people fail to realize that America is not the land of diversity. Our political system discourages diversity, in favor of pushing everyone towards the middle.
When you start to actively blog, you find yourself having opinions you never knew you had. Blogging not only gives you a voice. Blogging creates a possibility that your voice will actually be heard. Even better, blogging creates the potential that you can actually effectuate change.
Blogging is one of the few technologies born of the internet age which truly pushes the boundaries of free speech. Perhaps for the first time in American history, the first amendment will be tested in ways originally anticipated by our founding fathers.