The blogosphere refers to the collective information available on blogs, as well as the subculture of bloggers and their readership.
Blogs are the new medium for information of all types. From personal stories to corporate news to celebrity gossip to insight into the next big tech breakthrough. Individuals, artists, new moms, fashionistas, tech geniuses, doctors, lawyers, celebrities, politicians, major news sites…you name it, everyone seems to have a blog these days. If there’s an audience for information, chances are there’s a blog supplying it. The blogosphere is a rich, deep well of knowledge and personal insight just waiting to be accessed.
Most blogs are publicly available and free for the reading, and most successful bloggers rely on their fans for feedback and direction, so even if you’re not ready to pen your page, your opinions can be heard but have an impact. By participating in the blogosphere, it is possible for anyone to share their ideas, find like-minded individuals, and join in the conversation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I find reliable information on the blogosphere?
The Internet is full of quality, reliable information. It’s also full of garbage, and everything else in between. The trick is discerning which is which. In general, when researching online, it’s a good idea to stick to scholarly sources or organizations that have long and trusted reputations. In the blogosphere, it’s important to know who is posting the information. If you’re looking for information about astrophysics, the fifteen-year-old hobbyist down the street probably has a less reliable blog than Nova, which is still less reliable than a blog maintained by a prestigious university or award-winning physicists.
Even if you trust the source of the blog, keep in mind that blogs are rarely peer-reviewed, the way scholarly articles are. Even the most brilliant minds in their fields can make mistakes or have outlandish theories that are not generally accepted. Blogs can be a great source of information or ideas, but you probably shouldn’t turn to them for life-saving advice or your grad school thesis paper.
How do I get my blog to become part of the blogosphere?
Simply by publishing your blog, you’re now part of the blogosphere, but chances are you want to be part of the conversation too. That takes more work. To get your blog seen, you need to let people know it exists. The best way to do that is by joining discussions on similar blogs. Are you blogging about your cat? You’re not alone. There are thousands of cat blogs on the Internet, and millions of cat enthusiasts waiting to read your particular spin on the topic. Search for blogs, read their posts, and leave comments at the end (don’t forget to link to your site). If there are active discussions happening, hop in and give your opinion. If people like what you have to say, chances are they’ll check out your site. And don’t forget to allow comments and a feedback section on your blog too.