There’s an interesting discussion thread started by Sadje & Tanya, perhaps a good place to jump in might be here:
A couple of weeks ago, for Blogging Insights # 49, I asked my readers for any topics that they would like to see discussed on this forum. Sadje whom you all know from her tremendously popular blog KeepItAlive, was the first to respond. She presented a very discussion worthy topic, set out four questions and elaborated very clearly what she wanted us to tell her.
I have a related question: What is the correct blogging etiquette when a comment you make on someone else’s post is not approved? I myself actually started a blog dedicated specifically to such cases (see jax.news.blog — although this was intended as a group blog, very few people have signed up & nobody besides myself seems to understand the intent, let alone posting posts … presumably the more or less draconian rules are a clear sign for visitors to close the window with only very minimal interaction).
In my opinion, all comments should be out in the open. Approval could be a matter of validating (e.g. granting “dofollow” status [vs. a default “nofollow” status] ). I believe comments have in large part been wiped out from blogs primarily due to the censorship (or perhaps the lack of understanding) of bloggers — basically: many people who write posts simply do not understand that they are supposed to approve comments.
I feel this is an important question, because open, transparent and lively communication is the lifeblood of all blogging.
I wrote about the news regarding Freshta’s work several days ago — see:
Since WoodTV have issues with privacy (in particular WRT their European audiences, as mentioned in the article above), I was not able to report much about their information.
However, I have talked with Freshta — she is such a friendly and smart person — what an inspiring woman she is!!!
So I wanted to find out more — and luckily (since WoodTV smartly distributes information via WordPress), I was able to find the original text:
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Now, Freshta Tori Jan is a 20-year-old Calvin University sophomore studying political science and pre-law. But she was born near the border of Iran and came to Grand Rapids in 2015 after her father died.
Her family and ailing mother remain in Afghanistan.
She tears up talking about the difficulty of staying in touch with her family, who are always being watched.
She said the persecution of her family is both ethnic and religious. Her parents were tortured, and friends were killed. When she was in the eighth grade, the Taliban shut down her school.
“I wasn’t going to let that be the end of my dreams. I did not want to end up like my cousins — married off to someone who is 30 years older than me,” Tori Jan said.
She said she was appalled by the actions of the society in Afghanistan where women, in particular, have a dismal future, and she would have had no choice but to produce children and domestic servitude.
“I wanted to make change, there is just so much injustice to be fought every day in so many systems,” Tori Jan said.
She stays here with a family and she attended Grand Rapids Christian High School. She says when she feels tired or overwhelmed, she finds inspiration in her birth-land.
“I ask myself, ‘who am I doing this for?’ and then I remember that I am trying to carry on the fight for my friends who never got to make it alive, who never got to go to school, but also for my parents,” she said.
In March, she had to leave the dorms because of coronavirus and had clothes she was going to donate to Goodwill but couldn’t.
She also saw the plight of the homeless hit particularly hard by the illness.
“It really touched my heart, and I really wanted to do something. But I didn’t know what, so I was like why not make masks?” Tori Jan said.
One of the homemaking skills that girls in Afghanistan are required to learn is sewing. She used her time to put that skill to use and make the masks that allow for filters to be changed.
She decided to go beyond simply donating the masks to a homeless shelter. She wanted to make personal connections with the people she was helping.
“That way, I’m able to get to know them but then also see how else I can help them,” said Tori Jan.
That mission has grown, and she sells the masks as well as hair accessories and makeup bags to people who want them. The profit then goes to helping people with basic needs and helping them connect with resources.
“They all have different dreams just like me, just like so many other people,” Tori Jan said.
She created a website sewtrueproducts.com, which has the motto: “Immigrants. We get the job done!”
On the site, customers can buy products or donate them to help the homeless.
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Many of us will read a blog or a social site on a daily basis. Approximately 5.8 million blogs are created everyday with a staggering 77% of internet users reading them everyday [Nick, G, 2019]. Lets firstly define the difference between a blog and a social network. Merriam-Webster  defines a blog as a regular feature that appears online as part of a publication that relates to a particular topic or personal commentary by one author. A social network site is defined as a dedicated website or other application that enables users to communicate with each other online [Oxford, 2020].