According to Jina E. Han, a 16-year-old blogger from Seoul who has over 34,000 Instagram followers and has been featured in NYLON Korea, “It all just started as a hobby back in the eighth grade.”
As millennials, we are surrounded by technology and social media, and blogs provide platforms in which anyone can self-publish whatever they’d like, whenever they’d like. Whether they are hoping to share a strong opinion, looking for an outlet for daily stress, or paving the path for a potential career in journalism, the “blogosphere” allows users to record their words for the world to see and discuss.
Han told JSR, “Blogs allow for more freedom, whereas other social platforms such as Facebook or Instagram have somewhat of a set structure of how you can use their technology.”
She continued, “I didn’t create my blog with an end goal in mind, but as I started to pour more and more time and effort” into producing high quality work, people eventually started “to take notice of that, and began reaching out to me.”
This is an important difference between blogging and keeping an old-fashioned diary. Although they both allow users to express themselves, the latter is a personal collection of writing that is seen by only one pair of eyes, whereas the former may have an impact on others.
Blogging has provided opportunities, according to Han, for her to meet “wonderful people from all over the world,” and she feels that the chances would’ve never come her way if it weren’t for her blog.
Han told JSR, “[I’ve mostly worked with] smaller Korean brands, but some of the larger names I’ve worked with are Instagram, Stella McCartney, and Calvin Klein!”