I don't how the blog comes into its being. It seems like a diary, but many others can read it; it seems like a newspaper, but the author is not necessarily a professional journalist; it seems like a bulletin, but readers and the writer can chat with each other.
It is a BLOG~ We call the one who does the blogging as blogger.
Blog plays different roles in different people's life. Some blog to practice their creativity; some to motivate others; some to stay in touch with friends; some to document and share their ideas. They talk about personal life, politics(I don't think this is the case in China...), entertainment, etc.
Blogs are grouped in numerous clusters with limited links between clusters. Many read blogs of friends, and some read the "big one"'s blog as well. They read sometimes during periods of boredom - reading blogs has even become a routine, for killing time.
The interaction between readers and bloggers brings the feeling of "connectedness". Readers feel their comments or feedback is expected from bloggers. They tend to express their agreement and make positive comments. Bloggers and readers expressing things that might not be considered an important topic of conversation, such as moods, which helps create the "connectedness". And once readers feel connected, they are further motivated in reading blogs.
When writing online, are bloggers "creating alternate identities or exploring certain facets of their personality that were not as prominent"? Now people seem to become more honest about themselves online. More than half of the people were reported to use pseudonyms in article of 2006, while research in 2008 tell us that it is no longer the case. Some people view their online experience as a part or an extension of the offline life. "While blogs and real life experience are still distinct realms for readers, there is a relatively tight coupling between readers' online and offline identities" (Eric Baumer, Mark Sueyoshi, & Bill Tomlinson, 2008).
I'm a humdrum blogger... 80% of the blogs use text, 72% post photos, 49% other images, and 15% use video. I never used photos, images, videos, audios... but a reporter of academic reading... To exercise my creativity, as well as to have fun of learning, I decide to insert something vivid to the following blogs~ Let me start with a smile O(∩_∩)O
- Lenhart, Amanda, & Fox, Susannah (2006, July 19). Bloggers: Portrait of America’s new storytellers. Washington, DC: Pew Internet & American Life Report. Retrieved on June 25, 2010, from: http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2006/PIP%20Bloggers%20Report%20July%2019%202006.pdf.pdf
- Eric Baumer, Mark Sueyoshi, & Bill Tomlinson (2008). Exploring the Role of the Reader in the Activity of Blogging. CHI 2008, April 5–10, 2008, Florence, Italy. http://www.ics.uci.edu/~ebaumer/chi1132-baumer.pdf