I am new to the blogosphere. The aspects that resemble a desktop I get, I can open up a tool and type, I can cut and paste, I can drag and drop. The aspects that are new, tied directly to the connectedness, I don’t quite get. In particular, how do I find the blogs I really want to read? Technorati says there are 70 million blogs. That is a big number.
When I look in places like Alltop, Technorati, BlogHer, they list topics, categories, and tags – usually tags about topics. The thing is, I’m not interested in topics. I’m interested in people. I don’t care what anyone is blogging about, I care who they are, how they talk, what is their attitude. I’m looking to be surprised by someone else’s way of thinking, having inhabited my own thoughts for over 50 years.
The software product manager in me thought, “Couldn’t we all tag ourselves rather than our posts?” My years in software made me think about icons. It might look something like this:
I think that gender is the prime determining characteristic of a blog’s character. So, level 1. Then we have demographics, do you work or not work? How old are you? What country/ethnicity? That’s level 2. Then level 3 is your attitude. You can choose as many as you like. Religious, Indie, Humor, Bride, Preppy (can you even tell that’s a pink and green square?), Lesbian, Intellectual. Then at the bottom you can design your own icon, could be our avatar. I have a High WASP. At least for now.
This is a goofy answer. I know that. But it’s a serious question. Does everyone in fact rely on word of mouth? Of questions asked of blog circles? And does everyone prefer it that way? People can resist categorizing themselves even while seeking it for the world. It may be a generational thing. Maybe in my generation we expect someone to be in charge, or at the very least, keeping track at the door. However, I have vowed not to be the old person who starts grouching to anyone who will listen, “The world is going to hell in a handbasket!” So if this is the way, I will take up my virtual walking stick and start walking.
(image by me on Powerpoint except for the Indie icon)