I’ve spent some time exploring the blogosphere, a term offered up by pioneer blogger William Quick to define the intellectual space occupied by bloggers, in search of inspiration for my own efforts. Here’s a tidbit that can give one pause:
Cambridge, MA (October 4, 2003) – For the BloggerCon 2003 conference at the Berkman Center of Harvard Law School, Perseus Development Corp. randomly surveyed 3,634 blogs (frequent publications of personal thoughts and Web links, also known as Web logs) on eight leading blog-hosting services to develop a model of blog populations. Based on this research, Perseus estimates that 4.12 million blogs have been created on these services: Blog-City, BlogSpot, Diaryland, LiveJournal, Pitas, TypePad, Weblogger and Xanga…Based on the rapid growth rate demonstrated by the leading services, Perseus expects the number of hosted blogs created to exceed five million by the end of 2003 and to exceed ten million by the end of 2004.
My purpose in creating down the writer’s path is to have a place where I can bring together my thoughts, experiences and learning as the result of my twenty-year pursuit of the art and craft of writing. Along the way this has led me to explore a variety of fields including space, art, politics, even such an archane subject as Byzantine iconography. And the process continues.
My most recent excusion into the blogosphere resulted in finding sites that deal with the latest scientific discoveries and front page news to an Austrailian artist’s efforts to bring her dreams of becoming a picture book writer into being to the most recent efforts in spiritual blogging and writers and their blogging efforts. Clearly blogging is an active communication tool.
The best blogs are dyanmic and updated frequently. They are reader-friendly and not simply blog owner-friendly. The full application of blogs is yet to come. We’ll discuss more of their use and their application for writers in future posts. For now, I suspect I’ll have to be content to have my efforts be a mere blot in the grand blogosphere of things to come.