After writing the blog post about about elitism within commenting communities, which I have reposted as part of this project, I began to think that this was a topic I wanted to explore in more detail. While the project did not go in the direction I had originally intended (there is so much more research I could do!), I am quite excited to share all of my work.
Blogs are changing the spaces where people learn online. They operate like the bulletin boards and newsgroups of the past. People share information, ask questions and engage with each other.
Blogs are not just for people to talk endlessly into a black hole. The best ones encourage a conversation between the writers, the readers and each other. By becoming a part of a blogging commenting community, you can extend your Personal Learning Network virtually to one that includes people from all over the world with their own special skills and abilities.
Blogs encourage connectivism, where knowledge is not created by individuals but it is rather something exists in the world. By forming a network with others, people learn critical thinking skills, decision-making and the way nurturing connections helps facilitate learning.
Furthermore, because blogs can incorporate so many kinds of media, readers experience new levels of digital literacy.
I have divided this project into individual pages on topics relating to blog commenting communities. Each one could have been its own project, as there is a plethora of information available. I wanted to cover a broad range of subjects so I did not go as deep into the minutiae of blog commenting.
Please use this homepage as your guide for reading and exploring the rest of this project. Each page has a “Home” link on the bottom in case you cannot find your way back.
Blog descriptions: In case you are unfamiliar with GawkerMedia and AV Club, start here.
Interviews: I talked to some of my favorite local bloggers about their experiences with online communities.
Commenting systems: I discuss some of the most prominent systems sites use to maintain their comments.
Commenting do’s and don’ts: Guidelines and suggestions found all over the web.
Community and connectedness: How does commenting create a sense of community?
Blog commenting elitism: A repost of what started it all.
Gawker Media: A timeline of this powerhouse media company’s relationships with comments.
The dark side of commenting: Internet trolls and Reddit.
All photos are taken directly from the sites and stories except where noted.
All references are linked within the pages of this blog.
Photo on this page by me.