The last session of the first day of BloggerCon IV was led by Lisa Williams (pictured below) on the topic of the emotional life of weblogs. Most bloggers are desert islands, isolated rather than connected to others. Commentless blogs. Several participants told stories about how they got off the desert island and how their blogs have impacted their own lives and others. There is a downside to having a public presense as a blogger. "Companies are afraid to hire people observable on Google," Williams said.
Jay Rosen called blogging "limitless self creation." He expanded the thought, "I am a big fan and student of Hannah Arendt. Learning the lessons of Arendt. She swaid it was very dangerous for jews in germany to lose the capacity to think poltically. Jews in germany thought they were German. The Germans thought they were Jewish. If you can't read the current events, and see through the news, you can lose your life. I think this is true for everybody. If you can't read the news and figure out what's going on, you can lose everything, even your life. We all have to learn how to think politically. We all have to learn to discern what's going on. It's extremely emotional because it has to do with self-preservation, self-creation and freedom."