Cyberspace Interaction: Weblog Communities
The Weblog community is also known as the Blogosphere or the Blogsphere. The Blogosphere is defined by Wikipedia as:
a term encompassing all blogsWhen visiting a blog, it is immediately noticeable that the website in addition to comprising of the blog itself, also links to other websites. Linking through those usually takes the visitor to other similar minded weblogs, or weblogs that the blogger, whose website you originally visited, finds interesting. This set of links is called a blogroll (Wikipedia)
The Blogosphere is comprised of bloggers, their regular readers, and other bloggers they’ve linked to on their blogroll and casual readers that may not contribute to the community but do on occasion read/view the blog.
This linking is what creates a weblog community. Many times those bloggers who link to each other have never met, but share a common interest that allows them to create tight knit communities online.
Much like every other aspect of the Internet, having a blog online doesn’t mean that anyone will visit it. Part of linking and creating this community is to create traffic to your blog. The best blogs have many, many links to them, but true success is when those blogs with high traffic link to your blog.
Types of Blogs
We’ve covered the different formats a weblog can have, but the type of blog is important as well.Some types of blogs mentioned elsewhere in the website are personal, news, collaborative, political.
Personal blogs, much like personal websites will more than likely have traffic consisting of primarily family and friends that are interested in the blogger because they have an already existing relationship with them (Wikipedia.org). These blogs can keep families in touch as they can be accessed from anywhere. Some personal blogs are password protected, which only increases the privacy of the blog and limits it strictly to those who have the password.
News blogs usually offer information about a specific topic. These may be Collaborative as well. As with Slashdot, these have short summaries of stories that are found on other websites. News blogs are usually more impersonal and while they may have a nuclear community, they more than likely have a large audience that would classify as casual visitors.(Wikipedia.org)
Political blogs are probably the type that comes to mind for most people because these have garnered the most attention in the past few years, as is mentioned in More on weblogs. The 2004 Presidential campaign saw the greatest use of political weblogs by candidates and others. Probably the most widely known political blogs are Presidential candidate's Howard Dean's blog and his campaign advisor's Joe Trippi's (Wikipedia.org).