Wikipedia describe the blogosphere as being made up of all blogs and their interconnections and a collection of interconnected communities. But are blogs communities?
A blog consist of one or sometimes several writer , passive readers and readers actively commenting.
What can be a blogging network? I followed the link for Blogscope then BlogPulse. The idea to be able to search specifically for blogs about a certain topic is new to me. Does it mean that the blogs found concerned about the same topic constitute a community?
The first search was for eLearning. The two search engines are a good source to find blogs about a specific topic, but it did not meant that the blogs were interconnected together. It fact it did not seem to be many inter-connection between them at all. There are communities of blogs in Tumeke (thanks Rachel!) and KiwiBlogs (thanks Stephen!) These are concerned about NZ politics, but it does not seem to be much cross-references between these blogs either.
Organising blogs seems to be hard work as explained on http://blog.wiserearth.org/how-to-weave-a-tighter-community/ (thanks Sarah!). The paper on which this blog entry was based made for very interesting reading.
Would someone complete such a task without financial incentive? I doubt it.
A good example of a blogging network would be the FCO9 blog network. Several platforms are used for the blogs, but there are linked by
- a common interest
- links are interconnecting the blogs between each others
- the blogs also refer to each other.
I have spent quite a bit of time looking for working blog communities. Like Stephen, I have found that most are not very active in the sense that most members seem to be active only for a short time.
One of the two properly working blog network I have met is….. The FCO9 network. The other one was link to a course I completed last semester, so was only active for a few months.
Does anybody in the group want to be interviewed for comments and ideas on how you thing the blogging network could benefit from facilitation services?
Can a blogging network benefit of a facilitation service? My gut feeling is this could only be happening if a synchronous event takes place. The only situation when I think facilitation services could be useful is when a group of bloggers is sharing a blog, with someone able to modify or withdraw entries if one is deemed to be unacceptable. I can imagine this happening in an educational context, but have not met any example of it yet. This idea was reinforced by reading Kylee's blog entry this morning.