There’s a lot of talk about monetized blogs and even full-time, salaried positions for professional bloggers. But a look at the history of the blog suggests benefits that most people haven’t considered.
As a “web log,” they used to be akin to an online diary where people shared their deepest feelings with the world. Sometimes comments were allowed, but other times it was just like reading someone’s diary.
Kids in foster care can benefit from keeping a blog in numerous ways. At the same time, it’s a potential source of revenue for agencies, too. Is blogging a win-win situation for everyone involved?
Here are seven ways that blogging can benefit kids in care.
1. A catharsis
Writing is a natural catharsis, but not all kids are prepared to take advantage of this healthy, easy, and private means of escape. Simply getting those feelings down on paper, let alone published online for the world to see, can help relieve a lot of the anxiety foster kids wrestle with. They can choose whether people can comment, or they can keep their blog private and unsearchable.
2. Fostering engagement
Given the right platform, a blog can help kids connect to others like themselves, or with adults who are compassionate and want to reach out. A community, even if it’s virtual, is crucial to healthy childhood development. Having a blog is an easy and safe way for kids to reach out without the fear of rejection.
3. Showcasing the use of technology
There’s always a dollar shortage when it comes to nonprofits that serve foster kids or state agencies. However, by giving a “face” to the kids and letting donors see who’s being served, you may attract more funds for programming. While it benefits the kids, it also has the potential to draw in more donors.
4. Improved career prospects
There are many blogging sites available, but some kids get more into the management aspect than others. Learning to use WordPress or Tumblr, managing HTML, or moderating threads can all be part of the blogging experience.
These skills can also become a great asset for a career. It’s important to keep up with technology, and online content management is a lucrative career path that naturally extends from blogging.
5. Regain control
Bloggers are fully in charge of their blogs and they can moderate the threads, choose who comments (if anyone), and update as much or as little as they like. There is a sense of control that many foster kids have lost, so it can be a great self-esteem booster. Foster kids might not have much control over other aspects of their lives, but they can wholly own a blogs.
6. Improved school performance
Even in the digital age, writing has remained a relevant skill for nearly every profession. It’s an essential form of communication, and will likely stay the most common form in the years to come.
Sending emails, responding to IMs, and engaging on social media are all at the center of corporate operations. Better writing comes from practice, which includes blogging.
Blogs aren’t intended only to be read by surfers. Foster kids can go back and read past entries as a form of reflection and acceptance. Writing a blog helps the kids trace their journey, which is an important part of growing into adulthood.
Blogging isn’t the only resource foster kids have at their fingertips. There are a number of well-known nonprofits dedicated to serving foster kids and their families. Using the available resources is the best way to ensure children succeed and close the achievement gap. Whether it’s a meet-up group for foster parents or tutoring for kids, take advantage of every avenue to improve the odds for a foster child.