For a brief moment last week, I actually thought that I had coined a new word, “blogalogue”, to describe the community dialogue which follows a blog. How naïve of me! I should have known that blogging has been around far too long now for a novice like me to come up with any original concept associated there with. Nevertheless, the wheels keep turning.
After googling the word I learned there are a number of blogs with this name. There’s “Blogalogue” , for example and a definition for “blogalog” in the Urban Dictionary (for the record, I do not endorse the ads on this site). The more I looked, the more I found on this idea of a “blogalogue”. Fact is, I’m becoming much more a fan of the digital conversation that ensues following a blot post than I ever imagined. Don’t worry, Mel, I’m by no means attempting to hijack your individual project; rather validating just what an interesting concept it truly is. It seems to me that the “blogalogue” creates a culture of its own, consisting of a community of followers bouncing ideas off one another, asking questions and further exploring and/or developing the discussion of a concept, theme or entity. Have you noticed the “blogalogue” that’s developed around the #Adlt 641 blogs? As much as I am enjoying my classmates’ blogs, I must admit that I am equally as drawn to the comments associated with the blogs and find myself as engaged in reading and responding to them as I am in writing my own blog.
The discovery of how the RSS feed could be used to aggregate selected blog sites in one easily accessible place was a rich one. So, I spent some time this week setting up feeds to my favorite blog sites and their comments in preparation for the time I’d spend later reading and responding to these. I have to confess that what I once considered more of as “a class assignment” is becoming more of a personal quest for enlightenment and pleasure. Sometimes the more I read, the more I want to read. You don’t think I’m in danger of becoming a “blogaholic”, do you?
Winslow Homer may have known nothing of the idea of the “blogalogue” but he painted pictures indicative of the culture of his day. In much the same way, the “blogalogue” paints a picture of the digital culture of our day. And fortunately for me, features such as RSS make it easier to indulge in all the “blogabaloo”.