Mapping the Blogosphere

: 'blogosphere' the collective term encompassing all weblogs or blogs as a community or social network. Many weblogs are densely interconnected; bloggers read others' blogs, link to them, reference them in their own writing, and post comments on each others' blogs. Because of this, the interconnected blogs have grown their own culture. [ Wikipedia]

You've gotten a start on blogging, and while you might be new to blogging and may not have read many blogs or explored the territory in much detail or very widely, you're getting a sense of what's out there and how it's more or less arranged. And collectively, you have a larger sense of the space than you might have individually. So, even though your sense of what's out there might be incomplete and vague, it can help to map out what you know already.

As a group, and using Big Paper: Draw a diagram or map of the blogosphere as you understand it right now. It may be incomplete ("Here be monsters"), and distorted (The Gulf of Mexico too near Lake Superior) but even the sketchiest map defines areas to explore.

To consider
What 'terms' will you use to map the space? Maps illustrate relations between multiple dimensions, so you can use more than one set of terms.
There are a few significant features of weblogs that a map might be able to illustrate. See how you work with these:
The BlogSites page on this wiki presents a one-dimensional sketch of one corner of the blogosphere.

below the line

Convention on a wiki places notes, asides, alternatives, stuff that doesn't yet quite fit the main text below the double lines.

Blood presents her rough sketch of
- kinds of blogs: weblogs, notebooks, and filters
- aims / purposes in blogging: sharing info (about world, self, others); building reputation; self-expression

Others divide the blogosphere into territories and products: corporate blogging is information exchange - college blogging is gossip

We don't need to abandon Blood's distinction of weblog / filter / notebook - and differentiated from paper journals. Don't need to abandon her idea of motivations and aims. We can build on these.

What's your sense of the territory - as it stands now? What's it look like? Who lives here and what to they do?

Into the Blogosphere, a collection of articles on weblogs tends to define the space in terms of discourse, discursive communities, social action and social exchange, and other rhetorical matters. There are other ways.

Tag clouds (there are two on the [] blogroll of my blog]]) are a large-grained, updating map of the lexical space of a collection of entries or a collection of webpages.

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