6 Reasons Teen Blogs are Awesome

*Note:  Many people stumble across the post through the search term “teen blogs.”  For a list of blogs that I follow authored by teenagers, please check out the post My Dream Class, and scroll down to the end of the article.

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I still get distracted in this aisle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wish blogging had been a “thing” when I was a teenager.  Instead, I went to high school during the age of AIM chatting and the beginnings of MySpace profiles. During the early college years my friends and I joined LiveJournal and Xanga, which technically count as blog sites, but we just used them to chronicle our daily activities for each other.  Then Mark Zuckerburg invented facebook and we all abandoned our web diaries for the world of social networking.  And while all this was going on, I was writing.  I wrote all the time as a teenager.  I wrote poems, unsent letters, and long, rambling overflows of powerful feeling.  I just didn’t show them to people.  I wonder if I would have if blogging was the accepted, respected venue for amateur writing that it is today.

I enjoy browsing around WordPress, exploring the work of other writers and deep thinkers, and I especially love it when I find a well-written blog authored by a teenager.  Maybe it’s my own introspective nature that appreciates the glimpse into a teenager’s poignant thoughts and emotions.  Maybe it’s my career as a high school teacher that’s always pushing me to understand as much as I can about teenagers.  Maybe I see that part of myself in the teen blogs I read.  Maybe it’s because I know I would have kept a blog in high school if a site like this had existed back then.  Whatever it is, I’m drawn to blogs written by teenagers.

So this is my tribute to them – 6 reasons I think teen bloggers are awesome:

    1. Teen bloggers prove me wrong when I say that the internet is killing proper grammar.  Some of these kids can write.
    2. Teen bloggers are incredibly self-aware.  They understand their inner workings, their social status, and emotional well-being very well — much better than I did at their age.
    3. Teen bloggers are refreshingly honest.  They admit their flaws, claim their successes, and don’t sugar coat life for the sake of looking good.
    4. Teens who blog don’t shy away from being themselves.  They will admit that they do worry about what other people think sometimes, but they have enough guts to not let that stop them from living life as they want.
    5. Teen bloggers find ways to put the immediacy and emotion of the teen years into beautifully unique words.  While I generally don’t like the way teen angst is portrayed on television, there is something powerful about the raw emotion of a real teenager put down in print.  We were all there once, fellow adults.  That emotion is real, and it matters.  They’ll never show it to us in the classrooms or at the dinner table, but they’ll write about it in a blog and remind us of what it’s like to be them.  That shouldn’t be ignored.
    6. Teens bloggers often show wisdom beyond their years.  Many teen bloggers call their own cultural norms into question, bemoaning the social classes of high school or criticizing their peers for making poor life choices.  In essence, teens who blog are generally smart — not just book-smart, but life-smart.

So to all the teen bloggers – thank you.  Thank you for opening up a piece of your world for us and letting us see what it’s like to be you.  Thank you for reminding us of what it’s like to be young.  Thank you for proving to the world that there are intelligent, articulate teenagers out there, that we can (and should) listen to what you have to say.  Thank you for your vulnerability, pride, humor, honesty, and courage.

I’m always looking for more to read, so if you are a teen blogger, or if you know of an excellent teen blog that I should check out, send me a link!

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70 thoughts on “6 Reasons Teen Blogs are Awesome

  1. Reblogged this on under construction and commented:
    This lady is awesome!!! I’m going to reblog this as motivation… Why not be inspired by her great article to create your own “teen blog?” Both me and Mrs Robertson will be glad to hear it 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on under construction and commented:
    This lady is awesome!!! I’m going to reblog this as motivation… Why not be inspired by her great article to create your own “teen blog?” Both me and Mrs Robertson will be glad to hear it 🙂

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    • Thank you! And of course I’ll check out your blog – just did, actually! I love how straightforward you are in how you write. A lot of what you’re saying reminds me of my late teens and early twenties – some of the most confusing/exciting years of life. Thanks for inviting me on your journey!

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  3. Hey..i really liked this perspective of you as a school teacher..we need to have more teachers like you..
    Even i’m a teenage blogger..check on my poems sometime..they mean a world to me 🙂

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  4. Wow, I wish you could be my English teacher! Hahaha. I’m homeschooled, so I can say that without hurting anybody’s feelings. Except maybe my mom’s, but it’s pretty independent learning. Okay, now I’m rambling.

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  6. As a teenage blogger I found this really encouraging. It’s hard because even my parents don’t encourage blogging or acknowledge how important it is to me. It’s nice to know that there is someone who sees the value in silly, angsty, teenage blogs. So thank you.

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  7. Hello! My name is Nia and I love your blog. Being a teen myself, it is hard to find adults who do not think that all teens are the same. I have been blogging for a few months now and I wanted to know if you want to read it! There is not a central theme (fashion, music, etc.). It is just a place to share my thoughts. Thank you!

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    • Thanks for stopping by! I enjoy your thoughts on your blog. You seem very sure of your ideas, even when they’re not in line with the typical cultural norms. I love that. Keep it up!

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  8. Thank YOU for being an outstanding source of encouragement and inspiration for teen bloggers like myself! I began blogging seriously a month ago (“seriously” implying I have maintained a blog for two months – an outstanding feat considering my last blog withstood a full two hours) and I’ve found an incredible, active community of teenagers who believe they can make a difference – then do. Being a teen is difficult. But having an outlet to express ideas and thoughts, as well as finding a supportive network of people, certainly does make navigating these times a whole lot easier! 😀

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  9. Wow, talk about encouragement. Sometimes I get so caught up in my own failings in writing that I ditch posts entirely, but this is…wow. Thanks for this piece of insight! I have a blog, but I write to so many other people by email too that I don’t usually post material that much. It’s just. Public mindflail.

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  10. Love this! Hope I can turn my blog into a good teen blog 🙂 I just started my blog today so I’m quite excited!

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  11. It’s so nice to see a teacher that I can identify with! I love my teachers, but obviously, I don’t see things from their perspective. 🙂 Reading this blog, I will know a bit of what they feel like. I’ve always wanted to be an English teacher for High Schoolers… it’s so nice to see someone who is also passionate about this! And I’ve grown up in a pretty conservative household. My blog pretty much consists partly of reality, and partly of lies that I wish were true… but mostly truth, because it has to be believable. Could you take a look at it? I don’t know if it’s the sort of thing you’ll like, or not, but thank you in advance. I’m also considering starting a philosophical, raw emotion type of blog.
    https://nicolenonchaire.wordpress.com/
    https://anyasnatcher15.wordpress.com/

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    • I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond! Of course I’ll take a look at your blog! 🙂 I’m always interested in what teens have to say. Good luck with eventually becoming an English teacher. It’s a great profession!

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    • Is the reverbnation blog that I get to when I click the link on your name in the comment above? If so, I have two main comments. 1) It’s kind of hard to find your actual blog posts from your main page. A lot of your other content draws more attention. 2) Your last post is from August. 🙂 If you want to generate followers, regular posts is a must! Otherwise, I think you have good things to say. It’s just that you don’t draw enough attention to your own content. Does that make sense? I hope it helps, and that you keep up with it!

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  12. Hello.
    I loved what you wrote. You may not know it, but your words mean a lot to me. It’s comforting knowing that there are adults who care and understand what we write about.
    I’m so glad I discovered the world of blogging. It’s a brilliant platform to write about and share exactly what, why and how we teens feel, without fear of being judged. The support one receives is overwhelming.
    Do stop by and let me know what you think.
    thegirlwhospeakstoherself.wordpress.com

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  13. I started blogging last May and I feel like I’m really enjoying every time I use it. I’m 14 and I attend Junior classes. I decided to put up my blog to familiarize up with English and to share whatever I always feel or have. I’m not that good in English since I’m a Filipino. I wish you could be my teacher 🙂 . Here’s the link of my blog : http://www.rylandiaz.wordpress.com . Let me know what you’d like to say or suggest that might contribute a great help about my stuffs. (I’m pretty sure it’s about the grammar, LOL) Thanks Mrs. Roberson!

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  14. Wow! Thank you! As a teen blogger, this post really means a lot to me; a lot of people I know say that teens can’t blog and can’t write, and you saying this really means a lot to me. Thank you! And I agree with kaysfairytales: finding the blog of a high school teacher IS pretty much THE coolest thing EVER. 😀

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  15. Wow! This was so cool! It’s nice to get a bit of acknowledgement as I am also a teenage blogger. Your blog is so inspiring thank you for that! It’d be really cool if you could check out my blog and let me know what you think!

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  17. As a teen blogger, I really enjoyed reading this post. So glad I discovered your awesome blog! I’ve never liked the idea of displaying my age on my blog because I feel others shouldn’t be able to judge my writing based on my age – I like being anonymous. Bit weird I know but it’s the way I like it!

    I blog about baking so my posts aren’t as heartfelt and deep as a lot of the other commenters but your post still touched me. Keep it up! 🙂

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  18. Wow, this post made me feel really happy that I decided to start a blog. Though I don’t really have a lot of readers outside of my family and friends, this encourages me to continue my writing on wordpress. You have made it clear that you value my word. Thanks 🙂

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  19. Thank you so much for this piece. I am a teenage blogger currently trying to upstart my blog, and it would mean a lot to me if you could check my blog out! I am also looking for other teenage blogs to read. I’ve found that blogging has been hugely beneficial to me in terms of expressing myself and finding a community I can relate to. I really appreciate the fact that at least a few adults out there can appreciate teenagers rather than brushing us off as lost to the rest of the human world. If you have any teen blogs I could look at, I would really appreciate it.

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  20. I love this article. I’m slightly past the age of being a “teen blogger” and have only just recently started blogging properly myself (although most of it is just venting). I really enjoy your perspectives on things though and am glad I stumbled across this for a fresh viewpoint.

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  21. Firstly, I love this theme, and secondly, as a teenage novelist and blogger, I really want to thank you. It’s not so often that people notice anything special about us, much less this.And damn. Don’t I wish I had a teacher like you!

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  22. Awesome! Wish I started my blog a little earlier (currently in college). Loved reading about your perspective on teens blogging because most adults don’t feel the same way. Though, teens nowadays tend to consider twitter as a “blog” which I find sad. Nonetheless, awesome read!

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  23. It’s really nice finding a blog by a high school teacher who doesn’t shy away from acknowledging teenager’s opinions and feelings. I know so many adults who cut off discussions with me by saying “You’ll change your mind when you’re older.” or “You’ll understand when you’re older.” I don’t think they realize that they’re just trying to put me down because they don’t like to be challenged in any intellectual way by someone younger (in other words someone they see as below them).
    If you ever have time maybe you’d check out my blog. Thanks.

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  24. Absolutely love your blog! I’m pretty bew to this whole blogging thing still and reading this post has definitely given some perspective. Being a teen writer I would want readers of all ages to take what I write as any other blogger, not just based on my age. I will definitely be following your blog! I would love for you to visit mine as well and maybe even give me some insight on it? 🙂 -jackie

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  25. Great post, you’re completely right. Could you check out my blog Dolls have hearts, when you’ll have time? Thanks. 🙂

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  26. hi, i’m sofia! i really enjoyed this post, and you sound like a cool teacher. i’m 14 and i really want to practice my writing skills, so i started a blog… today! i know next to nothing about blogging and i was wondering if you could give me some tips/feedback. please check me out on livingl0ud. thanks!!

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  27. Hi,
    I have followed your blog for some time now because I love the fact you are a traveling teacher and support teens writing and traveling. I’m a traveling librarian and my goal is to get others to travel, especially teenagers. So, I’ve written a novel about a teenage girl who lives overseas and am trying to get feedback on whether there is interest in such a story…I have created a blog for the story which can be found via: http://www.sarahpgibson.com. Thanks & keep writing & traveling, Sarah P.

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