Archive for the ‘Blogs’ Category

Who Reads Blogs?

Monday, July 9th, 2007

I attempt to answer that question in my Master’s thesis, Who Reads Blogs: An Examination of Blog Readers. It isn’t exactly bathroom reading, but it is an attempt to better understand people who read blogs. Who knows; some of you might even enjoy reading it :-)

UPDATE: This post is taking part in the Beltway Traffic Jam.

Another Casualty of Blog Wars

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

I’ve only been loosely following the blogosphere the past few days, so I haven’t closely followed the dustup in Nashville. Michael Silence has a good overview.

Based on my admittedly limited understanding, it seems pretty silly to me, but a symptom of the hateful times we live in. In modern American society, one who disagrees politically with another isn’t just wrong, misguided, or mistaken. No, they are EVIL and must be destroyed by any means necessary. Neither the Left nor the Right have a monopoly on the hate; it flows from all sides.

I’ll certainly miss Brittney – her blog was a good one stop shop for Tennessee blogs. Hopefully, she’ll return to blogging soon.

Blog Survey

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Barb Kaye of the University of Tennessee College of Communications is conducting an online survey of blog readers. I encourage everyone to participate. Via Glenn Reynolds.

Appalachian Pride

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Just finished reading The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America by Jeff Biggers. I don’t want to get into a review of the book, except to say that it is a fascinating work that expels numerous myths about Appalachia. Read it and be enlightened yourself. And if you have any friends or family who take a dim view of Appalachia, force them to read it also.

MilBlogs No More?

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

That’s what some are saying. It’s a shame too, since milblogs have given us some of the best looks at the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. Let’s hope this rule doesn’t last.

Via ACK.

UPDATE: WaPo has a good write up.

Blog Explosion Halts

Friday, April 27th, 2007

You know how we’ve been hearing about the rapid expansion of the blogosphere? Well, it appears it might have come to an end:

The number of active blogs tracked by Technorati has stalled at about 15 million. Now that’s still a remarkable number, even before one adds in quasi-blogs, such as pages on social network sites such as Myspace. But, compared with the conventional wisdom — that every human, and household pet, will eventually have a blog — the reality is sobering.

My theory? There is a limit to how much the blogosphere will actually grow. Oh sure, in theory, everyone could have their own blog, but in reality this will never happen. Not everyone, indeed, not even a majority of people care enough to start their other blogs. Others will start a blog, but quickly abandon it. Thus, it stands to reason that at some point, the blogosphere will reacha peak and stabilize in numbers.

Yet, 15 million is still an amazing number. Lack of growth doesn’t mean an end in influence. It simply means that those who do blog will likely be more committed to it. Even if the growth halts, there are enough blogs out there than anyone can find his or own niche. And, if not, he or she can still create his own.

Via Andrew Sullivan.

A Call for Civility

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Is the blogoshere too nasty? Some say yes:

A recent outbreak of antagonism among several prominent bloggers “gives us an opportunity to change the level of expectations that people have about what’s acceptable online,” said Mr. O’Reilly, who posted the preliminary recommendations last week on his company blog ( Mr. Wales then put the proposed guidelines on his company’s site (, and is now soliciting comments in the hope of creating consensus around what constitutes civil behavior online.

Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. Wales talk about creating several sets of guidelines for conduct and seals of approval represented by logos. For example, anonymous writing might be acceptable in one set; in another, it would be discouraged. Under a third set of guidelines, bloggers would pledge to get a second source for any gossip or breaking news they write about.

Bloggers could then pick a set of principles and post the corresponding badge on their page, to indicate to readers what kind of behavior and dialogue they will engage in and tolerate. The whole system would be voluntary, relying on the community to police itself.

UPDATE: Michael Silence thinks it’s a bad idea. He’s probably right

We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Regular readers have noticed that blogging has been extremely light over the past couple weeks. This is due to school commitments and a large workload. However, the worst is now behind me, so I should be able to return to my normal blogging routine. I’m quite excited about this and I hope you are as well.

I’d also like to take this time to thank Brittney Gilbert of the Nashville is Talking blog for including me in her recent on-air report on blogger reaction to the Dobson/Thompson dustup which aired on Nashville’s WKRN. You can view the report here. Brittney did commit the cardinal sin of pronouncing “Appalachian” incorrectly, but since she was nice enough to include me in her report in the first place, she gets a pass. ;-) Thanks for quoting me, Brittney!

UPDATE: The link to the report has been corrected.

A Decade of Blogging

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Blogs turn 10 today, maybe. Or maybe not. Their history is difficult to trace. A good history of blogs can be found here.

Via Katherine Mangu-Ward.


Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Apologies for light blogging today. Headaches can be a real headache. In other news, I am getting very close to completing my Master’s thesis which deals with a topic we all care about: blogs. I’m finding lots of interesting info that I will share in the not-too-distant future.