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Blogosphere Reviewed

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It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new world. It’s called Blogosphere. [Okay…so maybe I have exaggerated a bit] Did you know that Blogosphere is not so new after all? Apparently, the term has been around since 1999. So what exactly is Blogosphere? To most of us who are regulars in this world, it may be obvious. But believe me, there are several people out in the real world (outer-Blogosphere; Psych Babbler 2010) who will give you a strange look when you mention the wor(l)d. Apparently, not everyone has heard of it [Shock, horror!!! It’s equivalent to aliens saying they haven’t heard of planet Earth, don’t you think?].

Blogosphere, according to the ever-reliable source Wikipedia, is defined as follows:

The blogosphere is made up of all blogs and their interconnections. The term implies that blogs exist together as a connected community (or as a collection of connected communities) or as a social network in which everyday authors can publish their opinions.

So, the gist of it is that it’s a platform for any Tom, Dick or Sally to voice whatever is in their head and people all across the globe can ‘hear’ it. It is also a way of making connecting with individuals across the globe. I am here today to review this wonderful world we call Blogosphere. What is so good about it? What makes it tick? Is it worth entering this world? And what do you need to watch out for?

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The Good
  • Each and every person on the planet has an opinion. Well, if you have a functioning brain, you have an opinion. So what better way to state that opinion loudly and clearly for the world to hear than posting it on your blog. Members of blogosphere will read it and comment on it with their own views. So yes, Blogosphere has opened up a world where anyone can say what they want and have a hundred odd people comment on it. It opens people up to debating from one end of the world to another. It links us all in a fascinating way. In fact, in most cases it seems to break barriers. After all, you have readers from all different continents and might find that someone in Germany has similar opinions to someone in Japan. Two different cultures. But people with so many similarities. It does appear to be a world where we all can live harmoniously.
  • In Blogosphere, there appears to be less discrimination than in outer-Blogosphere. I use the word ‘discrimination’ quite loosely. Think about this: how many 20-somethings do you know who would quite gratefully have a conversation with someone in their 40s or their 50s? For some people, that would be equivalent to having a conversation with their mum or dad. But in Blogosphere, there is no such stigma. Heaps of older bloggers read material by younger ones and vice versa. People read blogs written by someone of another gender with ease. Some from a different race. [I will admit though that I do draw a line when it comes to blogs about Justin Beiber or Paris Hilton!] And the beauty of Blogosphere is that if there is something you don’t like, you don’t have to read it! Unlike in outer-Blogosphere where you have no choice but to smile and nod at your friend raving on about the pasty vampire dude in Twilight whilst wishing you could just mute her or you risk offending her.
  • Blogosphere is also a world where you get to just vent. Had a bad day at work? Blog. Had a fight with your partner? Blog. Exasperated with your best friend in outer-Blogosphere? Blog. And thou shalt get comments to cheer you up. Or the odd one telling you to get over it
  • Blogosphere can also sometimes spill into outer-Blogosphere. Lately I have noticed several ‘Blogger Meets’ that occur in outer-Blogopshere. Through Blogosphere we get to understand most people since most blogs reveal things about the blogger. Whether it’s about one’s lives or one’s views of the world or even through blogs about technology or science or food. You learn something about the person. And that in itself introduces us to this other person across the globe or in the same city. Unlike social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter, the Blogosphere allows you to have longer conversations, interesting discussions and debates as you would with someone face-to-face. It helps that there is no word limit!
  • Another great example of Blogosphere breaking boundaries is competitions such as one hosted by GingerChai where 8 individuals from different continents are able to be part of the same team. Without having to actually meet up. Ever think something like that could occur in outer-Blogosphere? Probably not at this point in time! 

Unfortunately, not all is hunky-dory in this world

The Bad
  • There have been instances when members of Blogosphere have been sued for defamation. This here is one such case. It’s easy for members to get carried away with their opinions as you would when talking to someone face-to-face in outer-Blogopshere. However, there is a difference when you gossip in outer-Blogosphere to Blogosphere. Words that are said may not necessarily stand up in court unlike those that are written
  • There have also been other instances where anonymous insulting commentators have been sued. Once again, the lack of face-to-face contact results in lesser sense of responsibility and a distance from the person one wants to attack. And hence, there are at times, no holds barred when it comes to making a ‘personal’ attack about one’s character or family via Blogosphere. Despite not knowing actual facts.
  • It is addictive. Do not say you were not warned. How many people dream about Blogosphere when in outer-Blogosphere? How many members’ fingers itch to type something on their blogs and communicate with the rest of the Blogosphere when they are instead supposed to use the computer for work purposes in outer-Blogosphere? Research is yet to be conducted on the same. It may just be found that Blogosphere is as addictive as nicotine or cocaine or maybe caffeine. 
  • Blogosphere has it’s own set of fanatics looking to ‘save’ the rest of the members from sin by joining a religion. So yes, in a way, this is probably similar to outer-Blogosphere although we have the option of ignoring these people. But yes, they do use this world to voice their own fundamental views and they may leave the occassional comment asking you to “visit their blogs”. 
The Ugly
  • Copycats! Many members of Blogosphere have experienced this. Someone out there copying their own posts, word for word. But taking credit for it. In other words, plagiarising. Given that there are members that share their creativity with other members in this world, this is a total rip off. And unfortunately, unlike in outer-Blogosphere, you cannot sue the person for plagiarism. No matter how many anti-copying widgets one uses, you are still susceptible to this crime.
  • Just like any other place in cyberspace, Blogosphere too has its share of creeps and pervs. People that may be predators. And no, I will not be linking any of them.
  • Blogosphere also has its own set of stalkers. Yes, people have been stalked and asked for their phone numbers even via Blogosphere. Which is why some members like myself, prefer the mask of a pseudonym. But even that is probably not foolproof.
The Verdict

Blogosphere is open to one and all. The tweens, the teens, the young adults, the adults and even the elderly. That’s for certain. So what are you waiting for? Watch out for and be aware of the bad and the ugly bit…but do invite your outer-Blogosphere friends to join in on the fun! They have no idea what they are missing out on in this world called Blogosphere! It’s a different experience and a different world.

Check out entries by other members of the Indiana Legends here: Avada Kedavra, Moulee, Pawan, Rumya, Sanchit and Tikuli 

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Reply
    Shilpa
    July 12, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Cheers to Blogosphere 🙂

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    Titaxy
    July 12, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Agree with everything. Especially about how addictive it is 🙂

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    ItsNu
    July 12, 2010 at 3:52 am

    great post PB…so crisp and clear and true to the core 🙂

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    Reema
    July 12, 2010 at 6:40 am

    great post on blogosphere!! I am so glad to have discovered it 🙂

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    Indian Homemaker
    July 12, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Loved this post. Amazing. All true – all neatly put.

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    Swaram
    July 12, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Thatz a nice summary. Like anything else, it has the good and the bad and the ugly and the beautiful parts 🙂

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    Rumya
    July 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Beautiful way of reviewing the BlogOSphere. I particularly liked the idea of the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY. I found your post very informative since I am a comparatively new blogger. Great Post!! The highlight of your post is the last image of the tree. It looks like a total summary of all that you have said!! Great Work!!

    PS: This is my 150th comment!! 😀 Lucky Blog!! 😉

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    Psych Babbler
    July 13, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Woohoo! =) What would we do without it??!

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    Psych Babbler
    July 13, 2010 at 9:37 am

    It is isn’t it?? Just think…without Blogosphere, all of us would never have ‘met’!!

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    Psych Babbler
    July 13, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Thanks Nu! 🙂

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    Psych Babbler
    July 13, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Thanks! I am so glad too…imagine what we all would do without it?!!!

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    Psych Babbler
    July 13, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Thanks IHM! I wonder what we would all do without Blogosphere…I for one am so grateful for it! =)

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    Psych Babbler
    July 13, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Thanks Swar! =)

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    Psych Babbler
    July 13, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Thanks Rumz! I loved that image…it was a huge bonus finding it and thought it would be so appropriate for the post! And I’m honoured to be the recepient of the 150th comment from you! =)

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    pallavi
    July 13, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Awesome post!!! Three cheers to Blogosphere! BTw, I didn’t know its ‘definition’ until I read your post. And yes, this is very addictive.. becomes sort of UBER REAL 🙂

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    Psych Babbler
    July 13, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Hehe…Wikipedia has a definition for everything! =P It does almost seem like a real world, doesn’t it??

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    Hitesh Rawat
    July 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I have been blogging for 3 years now……but after reading all 3 posts on this topic…i feel like i don’t know a thing about blogging……………..

    as you said “Wikipedia has a definition for everything!”….damn if i had read wikipedia before starting…then would have saved so much of time……………

    Loved the way you elaborated it……..though it’s a bit long…..but categorizing helped….. 😀

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    Hungry Piranha
    July 13, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Hey great view of the blogosphere you have here 🙂
    loved the pic in the end!
    all the best 🙂

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    sidthegnome
    July 13, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I’ve had very few negatives in the blogosphere so far – a couple of nasty comments; one guy comdemning me to hell and telling everyone to stop reading or they’d be joining me! – and so many positives. In particular, meeting so many new people and getting some feedback on my wierdo writing!

    Great post, Psych!

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    Psych Babbler
    July 14, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Lol…yes, Wikipedia is the guru! =) It is a bit of a long post and I realised that while writing…I don’t normally write posts that are so long…that’s why I tried to help out with the bullet points and the sub-headings… 🙂 Glad they helped!

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    Psych Babbler
    July 14, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Welcome HP! Thanks for the comment! And I was lucky to find that last picture…was very fitting for the post!

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    Psych Babbler
    July 14, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Lol…there’s always psychos like that out there, huh? Blogosphere has been by far positive for me too…kinda like life with it’s ups and downs! =) And yes, definitely appreciates all hte people I have ‘met’.

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    starry eyed
    July 14, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Loved this post, so coherent and so on target! I esp agree with the part abt how everyone can interact without all the ‘ism’s, no ageism, no sexism, no racism, well most of the time anyway. The rest are trolls! And the part abt plagiarists and stalkers creeped me out, it’s the only thing that sometimes has me questioning why i do this!

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    Psych Babbler
    July 14, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Thanks Starry! Most of the time is the key….and yes, the rest are trolls! =P Stalker thing happened to someone I know. Plagiarism happened to me too…sigh. But it’s still fun to blog and interact with others, don’t you reckon?! =)

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    Maverick Money Makers Review
    July 14, 2010 at 11:42 am

    this site is so popular site so most of the people are visit in this site!

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    Pushpee
    July 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Should make my peer read this post..always asking me what is blog…I am so tired of explaining the greatness of this blogosphere…nice post :))

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    Psych Babbler
    July 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Hehe…thanks! Anything to entice more people into this wonderful world of ours… try it with them again! =P

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    BlueMist
    July 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Very balanced views PB. True even blog world has got all of them; good , bad and ugly. But hey still glad it exists and love being part of it 🙂

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    Psych Babbler
    July 15, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Yes…great being part of this world…without which none of us would have ever ‘met’.

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    Neha
    July 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    hey that was some review..i liked the way u executed it..the GBU of blogging..like everyone said, agreed completely 🙂 good luck for the contest 🙂

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    Harini
    July 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Great post! All of you have used so many grey cells for the posts.

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    Avada Kedavra
    July 16, 2010 at 6:27 am

    PB.. that was a rocking post from your side. I seriously feel yours is the most thorough analysis in this category!!! 🙂 Loved it!!

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    Indian Homemaker
    July 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Yes, … really! So am I!

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    Psych Babbler
    July 17, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Thanks Neha! 🙂

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    Psych Babbler
    July 17, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Hehe…oh didn’t require too many grey cells….thanks!

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    Psych Babbler
    July 17, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Thanks Avada! Let’s hope we do well….

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    Psych Babbler
    July 17, 2010 at 5:02 am

    =)

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    brisbane seo
    January 31, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Facebook, the blogosphere and all the rest. While professional critics are bound by a professional code – we are invited to review and observe embargoes …

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    Psych Babbler
    January 31, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Welcome Dale…=)

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