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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

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December 08, 2004

Blog author(s) and genre...relationships and effects

This entry carries forward from my previous post When is a blog not a blog?

I spent some time today at work, in between customers, thinking about the nexus between number of blog authors and the genre of the blog they are authoring. On the back of a GuestCheck, I sketched out two flowcharts both with their own sets of problems.

First a bit of definition of terms. All of this is rough obviously. I have to add that authorship has no relationship to comments, trackback, or aggregation in this discussion.

Both of these diagrams partition out a subset of what is going on within the authorship of blogs. Let me note here that I actually think a 3D structure is "truer" to what is happening between these two concepts, as my flat diagram does not allow for recursive action and interaction. I feel I need to hash out this subsection of the puzzle before I can truly tackle other issues and develop the 3D model. With this piece in hand, as well as with my past work on audiences addressed by the bloggers, I feel I am starting to get at something.

Figure 1

Figure 1 implies that genre holds a more pivotal position in the equation then author numbers. While the generic figure 1 allows for each author configuration to be present within each genre it does not, of course, prove that that is so. Though drawing these diagrams did raise the question as to which genre and which author configuration are more routine across the phenomena.

Figure 2

Figure 2 implies an interesting question in "Does author number somehow limit or encourage genre selection?" Which is related to the implication that the longer one blogs the more personal information one releases through the blog, as we postulate in one of the BROG papers. Would there be an inverse relationship here, do larger numbers of bloggers release less personal information - thereby achieving purer genre - over time? If multiple blogger blogs are more on task, as the previous question implies, then we again return to the first question "What is the difference between a magazine and a multiauthor blog?"

Posted by prolurkr at December 8, 2004 07:44 PM

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