I had a provocative conversation with a friend at work today concerning blogging. She was very dismissive of the medium, seeing it as little more than shallow statements made (by implication) by shallow people.

Well, one can't deny that some blog entries – including some of my own – are far from bottomless pits of wisdom, but that really isn't the point of a blog. Even the least articulate entry is an attempt to communicate – putting out a little part of yourself into a public arena. The reaction may be positive, negative or indifferent. Unlike keeping your own counsel or that of close associates, it involves a certain degree of trust and a willingness to push into an unknown and potentially risky area. Much like other forms of public communication.

I see nothing wrong with this as an end in itself.