Every July 4, we celebrate our nation's independence and honor those who serve to protect the freedom that independence affords us all.
After a day of fireworks, barbecues, and red, white and blue, I'm thinking a lot about how Independence Day translates in digital terms — and I'm not just talking about American-flag memes.
Thanks to the Internet, social media, and mobile devices, we can all enjoy digital independence: We can communicate just about whatever we want on a blog and share what we like on Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr. We can do all of this for free, without anyone's approval. Sure, we are subject to terms and conditions, but overall, we are free to self-publish whatever we like.
It's a kind of independence many strive to uphold and defend. It's also a kind of independence others are fighting to obtain in their home countries.
Do you appreciate your digital independence, or do you take it for granted?
One of the best ways to make sure you don't take your digital freedom for granted is to create and curate awesome content. Write original blog posts. Share compelling images and videos. Contribute thoughts and comments to your online communities.
Be something more meaningful than just another consumer. That is what has helped to make our country great — and it's what will continue to keep the online space great, too.