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Thank you bloggers

Friday, February 29th, 2008

I wanted to thank you all for your help on the last post, and in helping to create this blog with me. The answers to my five questions that I received were incredible. Not only do I have a list of new blogs to check out including The Sartorialist, Stephen Downes’ blog, sitdownstandup.com and Eater, but I am gaining real insight into what bloggers and blog readers think about this incredible phenomenon. To catch everyone up to speed, the 5 questions I asked were:

1. Do you blog? If yes, why? If not, why?
2. Do you read blogs? If yes, what is your favorite and why? If not, why?
3. Do you consider the ‘blogosphere’ a community? If no, why? If yes, what kind of community?
4. How does connecting with people online change the nature of interpersonal relationships?
5. Does becoming part of an online community and/or being a part of a new generation of writers change your thoughts on blogging? Why and how?

These questions really came from things I personally wanted to know and the result are outstanding. What I am doing now in terms of using my new found narrative data is coding your responses. In my first read through, I have found that nearly all of the responses can fall into one of two categories. The first is answers that highlight the individual, such as personal blog anecdotes, blog preferences, and just how blogs affect the specific person responding. The second category really highlights more universal answers, for example, how blogs are changing the internet, how the blogosphere changes relationships, and the universal nature of journaling to an audience.

I am excited to see where I can go from here. My next step is to begin finding themes, patterns and metaphors that bring all of the responses together and will help me narrow down my options for where to turn next. If anything like that jumps out for you, please let me know. Again, thank you so much for all your help and please continue to participate. You are the reason I am studying this and anything you have to share I am here to listen to!

Blogging about blogs

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Because this blog is meat of my senior communication thesis, I am really interested to hear what YOU have to say about blogging. I have created 5 questions that get to the core of what this blog, and my thesis, are really about. Please take you time and think about these questions and how they relate to your online blogging life. If you would prefer to email me your answers privately, please don’t hesitate to do so. If not, please feel free to respond right here on the blog to help stimulate other’s responses! I can’t wait to hear what you have to say! Thank you for helping me on my journey of inquiry and discovery!

1. Do you blog? If yes, why? If not, why?
2. Do you read blogs? If yes, what is your favorite and why? If not, why?
3. Do you consider the ‘blogosphere’ a community? If no, why? If yes, what kind of community?
4. How does connecting with people online change the nature of interpersonal relationships?
5. Does becoming part of an online community and/or being a part of a new generation of writers change your thoughts on blogging? Why and how?

Once upon a blog….

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Why you blog, what you blog about, and the story behind the two is fascinating to me. What is even more fascinating is the interest other bloggers have in this as well. CK, from CK’s Blog asked her blogger friends to discuss, via her blog, the greatest point of value received from blogging. Toby Bloomberg of bloggerstories.com created a new blog, after her first about marketing, just asking people to tell their blogging tales. And Michael Schaefer of deepblog.com added a section to his blog about first blog links and answers to the age-old question ‘why I blog’.

This idea of of collecting stories and anecdotes from bloggers everywhere seems to be a blogging phenomenon and is the reason that I started this journey in the first place. My communication program at GWU is very theoretical, somewhat antiquated and old school and all in all, as I have explained to my family, a program where we pretend the internet doesn’t exist. Because of this and my brother Noah’s incredible experience with his blog, I’ve come to the same place as CK, Toby and Michael. I have become intensely interested in the behind the scenes motivation for blogging.

Here are some of the things I wonder about: Do you blog about a specific topic? Marketing? Wine? Travel? Kids? Is the subject you are blogging about inherently connected to how you see blogs and what you see as their reason for being, or is what you blog about less important than the act of blogging? For me, blogging about blogging is where I see the roots of the blogosphere actually starting…FOR ME! Where do they start for you? Where does your blog fall on the tree?

I want to thank Noah and Alison for their comments. As I mentioned before, comments are the reason this blog exists. I want to start dialogues, get everyone to start thinking and make some really interesting discoveries about blogging WITH YOU! Thank you and please remember to comment here or email me privately with any thoughts you may have.

What is a blog? Can we agree on a definition for this thing all of us are doing?

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

It seems important, in terms of creating a dialogue amongst bloggers, the we synthesize our thoughts and feelings about what a blog is into one coherent definition. The internet is littered with technical and personal definitions. As this is a wordpress blog, I thought it would be interesting to include the wordpress defintion of blog, which is short to ‘weblog’ and is a term originally coined to describe a website used as a personal log, or journal. They note that most blogs include a way for readers to comment on what has been posted.

Is this your definition? Do you define blogging in terms of an online diary of sorts? Is it a marketing tool? An online fluid resume? Do you have multiple blogs that you define differently? Is it even important to define what a blog is as long as what the blog is about is clear enough for potential readers?