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A little chat about blogs

Date Added: May 30, 2007 09:33:31 PM

Blogs aren’t really things in themselves, they’re recordings of thoughts and events relating to a person or organisation.  Blogs are informal, yet structured, Web sites where individuals and corporations can publish stories, opinions and links, often daily.  Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), or audio (podcasting), and are part of a wider network of social media.  Some of these blogs are "information blogs" linking to interesting articles, URl's, RSS feeds etc.

Blogging :

Blogging combined the personal web page with tools to make linking to other pages easier — specifically permalinks, blogrolls and TrackBacks.  The emergence of blogging has brought a range of legal liabilities and other often unforeseen consequences.  Searching for blogs that dealt with archival issues was difficult in itself because of the omnipresence of the word “archive(s)” in blogging parlance as a reference to the collection of past posts.  Blogging deserves a large amount of criticism even from those who do partake in it, as a technology it rests on flimsy foundations of emerging, changing tools and only a slim representation of people find time to write them … I fear that it’s almost absurd to consider ‘blogs about archives’ in anyway capable of truly reflecting the nature and significance of the documents contained in archives and that it would be somewhat of a blunder on the part of anyone truly committed to the collection and preservation of historical materials in any serious way to closely link themselves with fleeting phenomena such as Blogger, Moveable Type, Technorati or WordPress.  But after abandonment (people who stop blogging) and defection (those who switch to other services), LJ came out only 170 thousand active users ahead.  The power of blogging is evinced when communities or networks occur in which people participate in open debate, and share ideas about which they harbor thoughtful care.

News :

Newsreaders change reader behavior, sometimes by an order of magnitude: They load feeds in the background.  Most such newsgroups were simply moderated discussion forums, however, in 1983-84, one exception, named mod.  One example of a news based "weblog" is the Drudge Report founded by the self-styled maverick reporter Matt Drudge, though apparently Drudge dislikes this classification.  Since 2002, blogs have gained increasing notice and coverage for their role in breaking, shaping, and spinning news stories.  In 2004, the role of blogs became increasingly mainstream, as political consultants, news services and candidates began using them as tools for outreach and opinion forming.  Also in June 2006, BBC News launched a weblog for its editors, following other news companies.  Perhaps it would it be helpful to make a distinction between official blogs relating to news and services from archival repositories and personal blogs written by people who happen to work in archives.  Disturbingly for mainstream TV or newspapers, "blogs create a greater sense of trust and reputation than traditional media.

Bloggers :

Bloggers collect links the way I used to collect scratch 'n' sniff stickers: Whoever gets the most/best wins.  There are many examples of bloggers who have published books based on their blogs, e.  Several cases have been brought before the national courts against bloggers concerning issues of defamation or liability.  Assuming bloggers posted no more than one post today, 1 in 4 skybloggers were active today.  By comparison, some bloggers using newsreaders, like Robert Scoble, can keep up with a thousand blogs in the time others visit a few dozen.  They're all friends, the bloggers on this level, and they're in a constant state of link-swapping, making it possible to actually click through the Web in a giant circle all day, like Tigger bouncing through the Hundred Acre Wood.

Blogs are intimate and "real" in a way that participating in a group forum is not (generally).  Blogs are also ephemeral in themselves because people stop blogging for whatever reason: boredom, professional concerns, or a simple lack of time.  By one estimate, about one in five blogs are spam blogs[1].