We started off with round-up links where we looked at our classmates work and linked to four we found interesting. This made me look at classmates work with a more educated eye instead of one of interest. I guess what I’m saying is that before when looking at each others work I looked at what I could learn from, organize ideas off of, found humor in, and instead looked at work with the question in mind “how does this work well” in order to write a few sentences next to the link I really had to look at the posts in a different light which I learned from.
I made two passes at the Wiki project. One on the neutral point of view, and another on the philosophy of Wikis.
Climbing the next mountain.
By writing about the neutral point of view first I think I set myself up well in knowing how to write effectively on a Wiki. I gave myself room to practise writing in the way that this genre is called for. I was also able to look at Wikipedia and their policy on writing as neutral as possible. It is a lot different from writing on weblogs when you can give your opinions freely.
I found that while writing notes on the philosophy of Wikis, or limits there of, I would write a statement then go back, delete what I wrote, in order to write a
more neutral statement. I got rid of a few strong words such as strictly and always, in choice of words that are more loose going off of that “apples taste goods” isn’t as good as saying “some people like apples” rule for writing neutrally.
While writing the philosophy of Wiki’s notes I was able to see how the system has its limits. By writing about those issues I am able to foresee problems that might happen and can better guard myself against them. It is good to know what resistance you may encounter in order to do a job right in the first pass.
At first I didn’t see much traffic on the Wiki, but today I noticed alot more contributions from classmates. Interesting to see how others tackled the assignments and did their posts to the Wiki.
All in all, this was an interesting switch. I hope that I did everything right–but like the weblogs, it is a learn as you go experience. I find myself wanting to put images in my Wiki posts like I do with my blog posts. I think I will add that question to the tearoom and see what the response is for future uses.
Jordon Malms post on the future of blogging first sumarizes the last chapter in the book and Brun’s take on the future of blogging. I like how Malms linked to outside resources and at the end notes the dates on the blog posts he finds. That is also something I noticed during my research on the topic, half the posts I read were dated several years ago. Good point to bring attention to.
This post by Jake Ford focused on different paths blogs could go in the future. With work in live chat, live blogging, notebook blogs, and social media, it could transform into something new and better to use. He lays out the the gaps that other medias falter in and how blogs could pick up the slack.
This post by Joe S. was able to connect the past with the present to make guesses at where blogging could go in the future. Lots of links to outside resources shows the amount of research put into this post. I like how Joe connects the future of blogs with technology and it depends on where technology goes to see how it shapes the uses of blogs. Along with humorous gifs that keep the reader reading.
Devan’s post does a good job at using images to create a timeline. She uses the humorous pictures to grab attention but also shows the amount of research she put into the topic by looking closely at the content. It is a creative use of blogging, connects what you can do with paper for purposes online.
In class we were first suppose to tour each others artifacts and comment on those we found compelling or interesting, then read the last few chapters of the book. Usually I do two posts on one chapter. The first post is usually my own notes and thoughts on the reading, and the second post usually linked to outside sources and other research I find. This time I decided to write the two posts on two different chapters. I wasn’t able to go deep into either one, but was able to go into two topics and learn a fair amount on each.
My first post was on fiction blogs chapter 18 found here.
My second post on the next step for blogs chapter 22 found here.
Then my digital artifact on the future of blogs is found here.
I feel like I was able to learn a lot more from the reading by posting on two different chapters, however, I feel that my posts weren’t as in-depth as previous posts when I did two on a single chapter. I like being able to explore my thoughts first then find outside resources. By working in that pattern I avoid taking on another’s opinion right away and let it shape my own. I like to write out my thoughts then see what is out there to help broaden my perspective–not to adopt another’s ideas if that makes sense. Nevertheless, I feel like I completed the weeks assignments well and on time. As a whole my work fits into the class by showing how fictional blogs are a use of blogs that can grow in the future through creative and professional uses.
After researching the topic, I have come to several ideas of where weblogs will be going in the future. I think that three possible choices could happen and they are as follows:
- Disappear all together
- Evolve and grow into something new
- Continue popularity for creative/professional works
The first possibility is an obvious one, but it is also one that I don’t find likely to happen. But since it is possible I will look at it from that angle. There are faults in weblogs and the most common one we find is that not all can be deemed creditable. There is always going to be that one crazy person who rants and raves their opinions, with no sources, that makes other bloggers look bad. If weblogs gain a negative reputation and are discredited in social medias the popularity of weblogs could dwindle and die out over time. The health of weblogs depend on professionals pushing their research in a scholarly manner. Weblogs need those people to continue their projects, as soon as we lose those professionals the weblog world looses is strengths and eventually could die out.
Although research shows on this article here that the most fastest growing companies aren’t using blogs as much anymore compared to other social medias, doesn’t mean blogs are being used in other areas for creative and other professional uses. Maybe blogs just aren’t cut out for commercial uses as much as personal?
Another possibility is that the weblog world evolves into something entirely new. As new genres emerge weblogs will need to transform into supporting the new genres. Such as if video blogs become more popular there will need to be more formats that center around the creative uses that videos may need. If main stream media popularize weblogs and supports them, more people will get into the weblog world and as more people join the more creative ideas and experiments become available. The wider the audience the possibilities explode exponentially and the success of blogs will transform to meet the users needs.
Other social medias lack in ways that blogs can flourish in a lengthy article can be found here on them. This shows how twitter can’t provide any in-depth analysis, Facebook locks in data so a users, for an example, pictures will be lost if signed out…Weblogs allow for a more friendly use of materials and data and complete conversation.
The final possibility is that I think it will continue being a place to popularize creative and professional works. Weblogs are a good place for aspiring authors to gain a reputation and audience as the begin their careers. They are allowed immediate feedback and can work on ideas in creative and experimental ways to discover what works or not for them. It is also a great place for the skilled professionals to congregate. Professionals in certain fields around the world can read each others posts and research and provide feedback that may lead to entirely new discoveries. These creative and professional topics placed in blogs can gain a wider audience that never was reachable before and will grow as the future leads on.
Weblogs is a place where opinions can be shared in news media that in the past were overlooked as we read in the text but also shown in this article as well. On that article I found this one on Dave Winer who has been dubbed the father of blogging and a complete list on things he would like to see in the future can be found here. What I found interesting is that if you are paying for a website to host your blog, and if you pass on…well…all the data is erased forever. Finances run it, advertising has its influences, those are aspects we can’t ignore in the future of blogging. Also according to a survey found on this article shows that the youth aren’t as interested in blogging as in the past and also gives reasons for this decline. If we want a strong blogosphere we might have to push the benefits of blogs to our educators.
What’s next for blogging?
Blogging can stretch from personal expression to commercial and political uses. The uses are so widespread it’s impossible to make any general claims much like books as Bruns points out. The only way to predict the future is by looking at the historical uses of blogs, the present uses, and then possible guesses can only be made.
The main attraction to weblogs is for self-publishing purposes without an editor or other gatekeeper in the way to hinder the process. This seems to be the key element into projecting an idea for the future uses. Another key feature blogs use that are unique is the ability to link to other sources, immediate feedback through comments, and user led production. Anyone is able to use blogs as a place for experimentation so the options are endless in which direction they may end up going in the future.
Another aspect to keep in mind is the fact that as new blogging genres emerge, blogs will transform in order to incorporate aspects the new genres may need. Such as there isn’t much for video or photography blogs, but as they gain an audiance there may be new gallery or voice options easy to incorporate into posts on those genre specific blogs. That is why as Bruns points out, that the evolution of blogs highly depends on emerging genres rather than on technologies.
It directly depends on the people who blog now, and also how main stream media projects blogs for the popular culture. There is a need for individual bloggers to make themselves heard and show their value found in the posts.
I have not read any fictional blogs before, actually, didn’t even know they existed until reading this chapter in our text. For a basic definition, a fictional blog is one that is of any narrative form written and published through a blog. This genre of writing has become popular mostly among adolescents or emerging writers. It’s a place to be encouraged and appreciated while finding your voice, experimenting with different styles, define skills, and most importantly get immediate feedback from an audience.
A Writer’s Perspective
I can see how this would be a good way to develop yourself as a writer, this is something that I might look more into this summer once I graduate in May. Examples of something I would like to base myself off of is how authors will publish a chapter or part of story on a regular basis. This would be a great way to keep yourself accountable by making yourself write every day. A blog is an easy form of publication and can get a writer started on an idea for a novel by having instant feedback and critiques, hopefully from those that know a thing or two about writing, a story can be fine tuned and polished ready for a submission to a publishing house.
An Active audience
Also, they dynamic of writing online changes. Instead of writing with an audience in mind, you can write directly to an audience and they will respond to it. I can see how this would be hard, in a way, to turn off an ‘editorial’ voice–meaning that by writing directly to an audience you will shape your writing to fit that niche’. Instead of writing what you really want to write in fears that it might be too raw or experimental you might crush budding ideas that just need more work before an audience judges its value. Which is all something we learn in our workshop classes.
I like the example given in the book of how one person with their creative fictional blog, actually has fictional characters leave comments to help shape the story on another narrative level. As well as using links, images, video…to further the playful storyline. Fan Fiction is such a strange idea to me, but I can see how it would be popular. One point I liked was how they bloggers are incorporating themselves into the fictional worlds that other authors originally made up. They are active responders to a fictional world of their own version.