I believe to certain extent a lot of blogs can be considered “curators” simply because each blog has all different topics and that is what is considered a curator and also choosing the things that would like to share and how you would like to represent this specific topic. In other words, having a blog is very hard because you are given so much material and you have to select what you want to display in your blog to the readers. This is the same as a curator in a museum, there are tons of painting and displays that can be sowed at a museum but the curator has to decide which material to hang which things to show to the public.
The steps that a curator does and the steps that a blogger does are extremely the same. A blogger first would have to go around and choose the material he or she would like and also which material they would like post. After that they would have to rewrite the information and come up with their own ideas and analysis of the information that they are sharing online. All blogs are curators as long as it exist effort and dedication to the blogs when sharing items.
I do think a blogger can be in curator, but not in all bloggers can be one. I think that it depends on the type of blog that is going up. A curator in a museum is someone who takes pieces of art and decides how and when they should be displaced. A blogger can do the same thing; the only time I think this can apply is when it is a group blog or a collaborative blog. Having one person decide who is posting when and who is posting what is just like a curator in a museum does. A curator can really make a blog successful and help organize the posts rather than all of the bloggers posting up their topics. They help create something visual and content appealing kind of blog. They put all these posts together to create one “piece of art” or one “exhibit”. Each post should complement and work together in satisfying the readers. I do not agree that the author of brainpickings is a curator. The reason I think this is because I do not feel that she is bringing different posts and organizes them in a way to make one work of art. It seems like she is just commenting or analyzing the posts. She is the only author of the blog and there doesn’t seem to be any contributions from other authors. An example of a curator is Phillip Defranco with his sourcefed channel. He moderates the content and organizes things in a way where each individual vlogger works cooperate to create this channel. Each vlogger posts videos and Phillip has the final say in which vlogs get posted.
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.