LIBR 200: Blog-Writer Information Community

Information Community: Self Published Blog Writers & Poets

This week we are choosing the groups we will be delving into for our large assignment in LIBR 200. In a definition compiled by Fisher and Durance in Encyclopedia of community: From the village to the virtual world, Information Communities are characterized by their use of information and technology to bridge gaps in communities.

I am interested in looking into the Information Community of writers (poets and fiction specifically) who make their work available for free on blogging sites like WordPress (like my own) and Blogger.

Information Communities are:

collaborative groups which immerse themselves in technology to share content, break boundaries, congregate around a need and facilitate connection to a larger community of people participating in the information they care about. Content is linked and made relevant through hypertext and shared widely via opt-in subscriptions.

According to Fisher and Durance (2003) these groups have not been studied specifically because the data is new and the social aspect of technology now is just getting to the point where we can easily see the connectivity between groups, especially those that are geographically challenged. In their introduction they name the internet maybe “an information community’s only communication medium” siting chats and mailing lists as a means to connect with others of a shared interest. Today the chat rooms are comments and the mailing lists are email subscriptions, but the blog-writer community thrives with technology as its only connector.

I have not met many of you and yet we are connected by a shared interest in writing (in my case poetry) and the connectivity is our mini websites (blogs) which keep us updated on the broader picture (tagged posts) that apply to our needs. We are part of a living breathing network of writers who look to technology to broaden our scope of the world.

I know without this website I would still be filling notebooks and sharing a few lines at a time. My work may not be anthology-worthy yet but it exists as part of a larger conversation (a literary conversation with centuries of content in the making just now being digitizes and shared among interested groups) and therefore what we all share is valuable and worthy of existing in the ether.

I am very excited to look into this group (of which I am a contributing member!) and find the webbing between all of us!

Keep Writing!

–ECW

(or for LIBR 200, Emilee Wirshing)

Read On:

Fisher, K., & Durrance, J. (2003). Information communities. In K. Christensen, & D. Levinson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of community: From the village to the virtual world. (pp. 658-661). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

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3 thoughts on “LIBR 200: Blog-Writer Information Community

  1. Hi Emilee, it’s nice to meet you. I’m from the screenplay side of writing, which is the group I”m researching for this class. I’ve attempted some fiction, but I’m still in the process of discovering how good I am at it. So far I’ve gotten some great feedback and made progress on the craft. I would like to share some links with you, They are some website’s that I’ve discovered recently. I know Amazon has become a big player in the publishing community, they have platforms to do kids books, text books, fan fiction, a publication voting program, and so forth. One of the other websites is a program from HarperCollins. To me, it looks like traditional publishing may be trying to catch up to Amazon, These changes have certainly given writers a chance to get more feedback and be discovered.

    Here they are below:

    https://jukepop.com/Home/Welcome

    https://www.authonomy.com/forums/

    https://writeon.amazon.com/

    Have a good summer!

  2. Emilee, you are very much a seasoned blogger, and this is going to be a cutting-edge topic! I love the design of your site as well; it has so much personality 🙂 Post your research paper, please!!

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