Several years ago, I saw a subscription announcement on the front page of a local news-paper. The headline read “Become a citizen of the Spurs Nation”. (The Spurs are a well-known and a predominate basketball team in the NBA) By becoming a so-called ‘citizen’, an individual then has an opportunity to relinquish control of any other demanding interests or having a humdrum life in order to affiliate with a new and more exciting ‘Nation’ of Spurs.
In several ways, this particular advertisement is an invitation for a person to attain the status of a person, as being a legal member of a new and different nation. We can think of a so-called nation as a large body of people, associated with a particular territory or sphere of existence. This line of thought is intended to lead us to understand the meaning of a ‘blogosphere’.
In recent years many users of the internet have treated blogospheres as a gauge of public opinion or as limited spheres such as a devotion to foods, travels, gaming, health, clothing etc. It is not surprising that each blogosphere has a narrowly defined platform that attracts individuals having commonality with a stated platform and with each other. Thus, any given blogosphere implies that blogs exist as a connected community or as a networking provision in which authors and blog readers can publish their opinions.
In the next post, entitled ‘The Platform for our Blogosphere’, I will expand on the subject of a blogosphere as it directly applies to our weblog site. As we begin to understand the nature and details of our soon to be developed platform, it may attract others to become fellow bloggers and ‘citizens’ of a new domain.