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I was recently asked to write an article for my college paper, the Lander Chronicle. Sadly, there are few writers in the school, so they ask me to write something every semester. This is not because I am a good writer - it's because I can write half-decently with proper spelling in a short period of time, and I'm
I asked if I could write about something different this time - namely, blogging. As I was discussing with the editor what the blogosphere was, I realized: What better way to discuss the blogosphere than to allow the blogosphere to contribute to the article? After all - the biggest strengths of the blogosphere are its abilities to almost instantly comment on, prove, improve, correct, or present an alternative to the statement of another blogger. Another strength is the sheer exposure to a multitude of viewpoints on any given subject from all ends of the spectrum.
I'd actually seen a similar idea discussed on another blog - Roger L. Simon was to be giving a speech on the power of blogs, and was considering having a live feed at the conference he was speaking at. He was going to adjust the speech as he spoke, based on the suggestions of the bloggers listening in on the other end. They would comment on a point he'd made, add their own ideas, etc. - it sounded like a great, innovative idea, and was suggested, naturally, when he asked for suggestions on his blog.
So why not have the blogosphere help contribute to a blog about it? My current idea was to begin with the blogosphere in general, perhaps with an example showing the pure power of bloggers (RatherGate? PorkBusters?), then shifting to a quick contrast of the three types of blogging (posting, linking, commenting), discussing some of the larger blogs perhaps (Instapundit, LGF, Kos?), and then shifting into the Jewish blogosphere.
I'm honestly not sure how to go about this - I would love to get as many people involved as possible, but I can't do a Wiki-type article, primarily because I have no clue how. Perhaps tomorrow I'll write up a general draft, and then have everyone comment. In the meantime, please submit any thoughts on what should or should not be included - the entire article is supposed to be about 1,200 words, but I can do whatever I want when it comes down to it.
One caveat: The best blogging article would include many hyperlinks. Sadly, this article will be in a printed paper, though I will post it here as well. I would love for it to have hyperlinks, and perhaps I will suggest in the article that people read it online to fully appreciate it - but it must make sense even in paper form.
Thanks! Suggest away!!
As a note: I'm going to mention very few blogs in the article, if only because mentioning too many will take away the focus of the article. I will use a few as examples, just to show the diversity and range that exists, particularly within the J-sphere itself. Again, any suggestions are welcome.
Heh. (Sorry, Glenn) Why do I have the feeling this is going to turn into an article about putting an article together on the blogosphere? (Which isn't a bad idea...)
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