Posts Tagged ‘Wikipedia’

Blog or Web log is flexible way of publishing content online over time. There are no rules because content has to be updated. If it’s not dynamic, you’re hosting a static website on a blog network/interface. That can be isolating. Not just post topics (also known as the “what I had for breakfast today” blogs).

So blogging is building a network (which informs content) and filtering it (by publishing opinions).

Since this is pretty meta, here’s what I mean. Picture from a user on my Twitter feed:

Diagram of a Blog

Diagram of a Blog

A blog is not a model for publishing. So, there’s no rules for blogging. They really have to start with the source blogger. Update if there’s a problem. Make a content change. Take a break from topic changes. Change format: post lists or feature other entries. Once the blog is back on track (see diagram), focus on writing again. If there’s not a model out there for what you want to do, leave it open-ended.

Like this.


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Open Thread

Jezebel: Open Thread

Open threads are a way for bloggers to open a post up for user comment. Usually the title of the post is Open Thread: Topic (whatever the topic may be). A good topic would be something in the news, like Hurricane Ike, or something everyone can relate to, like baby strollers.

Blogs like Boing Boing or Clusterflock post links to interesting, but totally random content that’s entertaining. They post open threads just because they can. There doesn’t have to be a topic because the blog doesn’t have any particular focus so users don’t expect one. At the same time, it’s not always true that blogs use open threads because they don’t have anything to say or need content. Even blogs like Jezebel that post 50+ times a day use open threads. It’s also part of online community “bonding.”

It’s kind of like a chat room since users and bloggers have common interests and are interacting online. But blogs aren’t groups, they’re networks. So, open threads are a way to tap the network (users and other bloggers) about a specific topics.

It’s also simply just a way for blogs to discuss popular news or important events.


  1. Open Thread on Wikipedia
  2. Jezebel: Hurricane Ike Open Thread
  3. Clusterflock: Open Thread

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