I don’t think it’s necessary for bloggers to disclose when they receive free products from a company, unless it is to recognize the company. A blogger would be given free products for a reason and the main one, I would think, would be to advertise the free product you are given on your website. Even if they don’t ask you to advertise them I feel like it’s almost something of common curtesy to mention that they received the product from a certain company and advertise this to their followers. But it’s not necessary, only if it was a condition in getting the product in the first place.
Blogging and journalism are two different things. A blog is more personal to you while journalism is more personal to the audience. Now this can be completely proven wrong if you have a hybrid sort of thing going on, like a journalism blog. But for my purposes I’m going to focus on a personal blog that includes your opinions and theories and journalism which get information out into the world. Sure in journalism you can add a bit of an opinion but you are very limited when you do so and anything you say has to be checked, fact checked, and checked over and over again. With a personal blog I don’t believe you have to be held accountable for fact-checking. You’re not hosting a professional newspaper or journal blog. It’s just your opinion and the way you want to give information out to your audience. If your fact is wrong, the worst thing someone can do is call you out. Again though this only pertains to a blog that is not based on journalism. It depends on the business of your blog.
Sure it seems like a cool thing to live blog and it’s something that I feel like I could definitely do but I think I would come to hate it. My current blog is about anime and what I see myself doing as a live blog post is reacting to an episode. Completely doable and might be kind of fun. One side affect though would be the potential release of spoilers for people who didn’t watch the episode yet. Though I might be able to avoid that if I just put a time and my reaction without any content of the episode.
I feel like if I had to do it all the time it would take my attention away from the episode itself so that I can type my reaction to what’s happening. I might miss something or if I didn’t it just plain wouldn’t be the same experience. I love watching anime and when I do watch it I never take my eyes off of the screen. It’s a hard skill to acquire but when watching I see both the subtitles and the animation; I can read and watch at the same time. That doesn’t sound too difficult but at first it bothers yours eyes. Adding writing a blog post to those two things I will definitely start to overload my multitasking abilities.
The only good things I see about live blog posting with regards to my own personal blog is that some of my reactions to anime might be funny. Actually I’m pretty sure they would be because anime is the only thing that makes me turn into a fan girl and I high pitch squeal at the exciting parts. It might bring a comedic aspect to my blog. Still I don’t see the positives being greater than the negatives.
Bloggers can be curators. There’s no question in that. Rather it’s how can they be curators. Whether you have your own individual blog or if you are a part of a group collaboration you can be a curator.
With an individual blog you control everything on your blog. Since it’s only your blog you can’t really manage any posts on your blog besides your own however you can control other things. You can choose what comments stay on the blog and even block certain users if you feel their comments are getting out of hand. You control everything on your own individual blog.
Collaborative blogs are a bit different because you have a host blogger and guest bloggers. As the host blogger you can control everything. You can decide what posts go onto your blog, control comments again, and decide what users are allowed to post to your blog. As a guest blogger though you only have control of your own posts and are subject to the host bloggers editing and or removal of your posts. Still, as a guest blogger I do believe you have control over the comments that your post gets.
I want to look at youtube as one big collaborative blog, which it could be except that it’s just for videos. On youtube you can upload your own videos and decide everything about them. However youtube has the overall say. If you are violating youtube’s rules they will delete your video or ban you from using your account. They also manage their website to be more categorized and user friendly. They manage it really well.
So in conclusion Bloggers are curators and do indeed manage their own blogs.
I guess you could say I’m a little bit biased when it comes to individual vs. network blogging. I prefer individual, mainly because that’s all I’ve ever done. I prefer to have people follow my blog, like my blog posts, and simply enjoy my blog as it was created by me. I like knowing that my creation is gaining likes and followers. It makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something and I’m unsure if I would get that same sort of satisfaction on taking part in a collaborative blog. Sure the blog might get popular but it would be thanks to the collaboration and you’re own work might not get the same kind of recognition. It might sound a bit selfish but I really wouldn’t like a collaborated blog. I also wouldn’t trust other people to write on my blog if I was the host. I’d be worried because that blog represents me more than anyone else because I am the host blogger.
I’m really picky.
Though if there was a topic I wanted to write badly enough about but didn’t have the time to keep up my own blog then I might contribute to a collaborative blog. I do think it’s a nice idea to have a place to write where you don’t have to write about as often. I imagine as a reader it would also be nice to get a different perspective on the same topic and blog. It would bring in more readers and commenters.
I think it really depends on who you are as a person and what you have time for. Blogs like BlogHer are good ideas for some people, but not for all. Not for me.
In my opinion, the definition of social media is a platform where people can write about anything freely. People have a lot of freedom based on whether or not they want to see things and who they want to follow. However, the potential to actually see everything is possible. Think about Facebook, people can connect with friends and see anything that is posted from a newsfeed. However, it is only with people you are “friends” with. In order to see anything else you must have permission from the other person. It is this that separates it from a blog. With a blog, your posts and information are accessible to anyone and you might not even know that person is following you. I think this small point is the thing that separates blogs from official social media.
Hourigan, Triona, and Liam Murray. “Investigating the emerging generic features of the blog writing task across three discrete learner groups at a higher education institution.” Educational Media INternational. 47.2 (2010): 83-101. Web. 15 Oct. 2013. <http://ehis.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=25a1e269-615f-4caa-8f38-25b73fd6e193@sessionmgr11&vid=2&hid=7>.
Using blogs as tools in higher education is investigated. Different groups of students participated in course blogs and those blogs were then analyzed. Differences in blog usage were found according to the different purposes each course had and how it correlated with using a blog.
The blog I chose to analyze is BaseballNation, not because baseball is my favorite sport, but mostly because I love the writing on the blog. There are two main bloggers, but one of them in particular I like more because of his use of sarcasm and his sense of humor. There is a broad range of topics, ranging from analysis of a particular team or player (or a piece on another site) to humor pieces. Both bloggers are very qualified to write about baseball (one of them even worked for ESPN.com, and wrote/co-wrote six books!). The bloggers are specific and focused in their writing and rarely, if ever, get sidetracked and write about something else for a bit. One can still get an idea of what the piece is about even though their titles are generally very short. Each blogger also has their own voice which is fairly easy to decipher; the reader can easily tell which blogger wrote the piece simply by reading the first few sentences. The site makes use of the white spaces pretty well. On the main page, there is almost no white space since the page is filled with the titles of each piece along with a small picture.
As for the writing itself, the bloggers use a mix of short and long sentences, and they use it almost to perfection; their short sentences do not seem fragmented and the longer sentences never run on, unless it is intended to do so for humor purposes. The vocabulary they use is not overly simplistic or too difficult (if you don’t understand the game of baseball, you could still read the pieces and probably get a good idea of what has been written.