As a youth our abilities are dictated by our age:
Can't play an instrument until 4th grade in school
Can't drive until you are 16
Can't vote until you are 18
Can't drink until you are 21
We grow up wishing our lives away as we wait for the day we are old enough to do something desirable.
The same can't be said for communicating on the Net.
Teens and even pre-teens start early with MySpace and FaceBook creating a brand for themselves – not always wisely, but creating a brand just the same.
At the recent e-Marketing for Entrepreneurs seminar I was impressed with Alexandra McDaniel a 10 year Chairkid of a very successful on-line business called Kids Roar.
Alexandra was one of the presenters to hundreds of adults – many of whom still fear the unknown as it relates to creating an on-line presence. Her poise and confidence were contagious. Her Dad, by the way, is Ron McDaniel, owner of Buzzoodle Marketing another very successful on-line business helping customer educate their employees in ways to create buzz for their company.
Well, summer has arrived and although I haven't heard the words "I'm bored" I am sure they are just around the corner. My oldest is on an adventure but my 10 year old daughter is here watching me work day in and day out.
She has her daily chores and play dates, etc., but the other night she started sharing her views on a subject near and dear to her heart: fashion.
We were at dinner with a friend and Em started talking about how my friend could improve her look. i said – you know, you have a lot of information to share about style. "Yes, I do," she said rather too confidently.
So, we came home and set her up with a blog: Designing Daughter.
She is just getting started. But it's brilliant. She gets to practice spelling, grammar, computer skills and writing. She has a way of communicating a passion. She doesn't see it as work. And she's out of my hair so I can work. (a side benefit)
So the question is this: as presumably an adult reader – will the rise in kid-written blogs clog up the blogosphere with unwanted information or is this a great way to begin to teach the next generation about the limitless audience they have and the importance and beauty of developing relationships with likeminded souls around the world.
Do your kids have a blog? Should they?
Deborah Chaddock Brown
Professional Writer, Once Again – a Proud