Hugh is emphasizing the importance of maintaining a consistent, online presence as the major key for success in the world of blogging. A blog I have recently been following is Lady Melbourne (props to scouring other blogs), her recent blog post about blogging really narrows what makes a good blog into a nutshell – presence! One of her recent blog posts says…
“Ah breakfast, at Tiffany’s no less. Never in my wildest dreams did I think the blog would take me there but last Thursday I was invited by the store as a guest to launch their new Melbourne fit-out…”
This idea of a blog as something than can, to use the words of the course- build a network of online identities who become recognised by the feild in which they are concerned. Whether that be fashion, cooking with a dog, how to build miniature train rails etc, it’s clear that today, getting your voice heard can be most effectively done through becoming culturally significant via securing an online following who legitimise your interest.
Anyway, for Lady Melbourne’s top 5 blogging tips just click here.
Broadsheet Melbourne is a fantastic website I visit everyday, its my version of theage.com.au. Visit it here. I think it’s an awesome example of a Network and also of a blog which aims to inform a community about relevant happenings. I like it because its well structured, the articles are to the point, and there is rarely a cafe or exhibition that will take up 4 hours of travel time, costs your weeks wage to engage with or seems to be totally not of any interest. It’s content is consistently relevent to its readership and presented in an aesthetically pleasing style, is well linked and really easy to navigate – KUDOS!
Today in Networked Media, we had some serious blog knowledge imparted by a woman serious about her art – Dr Inger Mewburn who began blogging when she had her first child and then again when she began crafting her second – her PHD. I suppose blogging about motherhood gave Dr Mewburn her ability to write with personality and passion, which is points to as a crucial aspect in any kind of online publication – it’s important to be yourself and create a sense that you are present in the work and its evolution.
Her ideas surrounding surrounding building an online community were really interesting and I think very relevant to us as Media students, her idea that communities “dont just happen…they take work”, is especially important, as we are all I suppose equal collaborators in this online project, so have a kind of obligation to contribute our ideas without being paranoid of them being ‘stolen’ by others. I think what she was trying to say was that ‘Lurkers’, who account for 90% of a blogs traffic will always suck the thing dry and use other people’s information and that they should be ashamed of themselves!
But seriously…I like the way she framed the issue of the social media and the way it has created a sense of presence and therefore pushes us to have a different attitude about ‘knowledge’. This reminded me of the idea of presence in hypertext, and how it feels more collaborative, open and alive than simple ‘content storage’ provided in books.
Must also direct you to her personal blog – found it to be quite captivating! It also got me thinking – blogging makes teachers, may i say this, seem almost….human. Now, THAT is one giant step in blogging….