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Let's Talk: Do You Blog?

Sara Bellum

Blogging is a great way to express yourself. With technology platforms that are free and easy to use, it’s never been easier to start a blog. To get a sense of the state of blogs written by teens, we checked out the annual weblog awards—aka, the Bloggies—to find out who’s blogging and who’s paying attention. The Bloggies awarded prizes for a “best teen blog category” written by those age 19 or younger, recognizing winning entries from 2008 to 2010. The following teen blogs received Bloggies in 2010:

  • 17 and Baking writes about her passion for writing, baking, and photography and includes recipes and foodie photos on her site.
  • Young Chicagonista celebrates being “girl inspired; girl powered.”
  • Break the Sky, now a college student, offers an entry about her family’s custom of catching up and talking around the dinner table.

Although the Bloggies eliminated the teen category in 2011, we don’t think that means we have to mourn the death of the teen blog. So, we ask you: do you blog? If not, what’s your favorite way to share your thoughts and ideas with friends, family, and potential fans? You can write your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. Don’t forget that you can always respond to questions we’ve asked before. Just drop us a comment. We always look forward to hearing from you!

What Do You Think?


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I hate drugs...

Hello, I'm destiny i'm 16 and i used to do drugs. About two months ago i went to a residential rehab center and i have been clean for two months. It feels soo amazing.

Nice post.. Informative things can see in it.

say no to drugs guys

Drugs Are The Things You Want To Do For The Rest Of Your Life.. Trust Me, I Overdosed Twice.. :/

if they figured out that fast-food burgers, when eaten, caused the release of dopamine, thus making them potentially addictive, would we call those burgers drugs?

Very interesting question. The release of dopamine is a natural result of many normal activities – including eating. So, we already know that a fast-food burger would cause the release of dopamine. However, when drugs of abuse are taken, they can release 2 to 10 times the amount of dopamine that natural rewards do. In some cases, this occurs almost immediately (as when drugs are smoked or injected), and the effects can last much longer. The resulting effects on the brain's pleasure circuit greatly outweigh those produced by naturally rewarding behaviors. Still, people can become compulsive eaters, exhibiting behaviors similar to those in drug addiction. That wouldn’t change the name of burgers to drugs, however, just like when people say “exercise is my drug,” or “[fill in the blank] is my drug,” it isn’t literally a drug.

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