LIBR 200: Issues with Special Groups in the Blogger Community

Special Populations and Multiculturalism in Blogging Communities

Blogging is the perfect place to build a community of diverse and specialized participants. Not only does it afford equal access to users across the globe, giving little to no preference to time zones and post times, but it is easily available for free from a multitude of platforms as long as the blogger is not overly invested in a personal domain or too many customizable options.

Of course certain bloggers who belong to special groups will seek out each other in order to form sub groupings. This can be done in a number of ways including searching blog content and tagging posts to be aligned with specific industries and subjects. In addition other third party sites post blog lists allowing a blogger or reader to search items like “fashion blogs” or “poetry blogs” and find a fast few sites that will link them to the larger community.

Multiculturalism is both present and invisible in the blogging community. In some ways a blogger can become a member of a culture based community, delving into the intricacies of regionalism and history. Or they could float on the main stream, claiming a more generic name and an avatar as a personal identity. A blogger enjoys the option of being involved or the anonymity of relinquishing any specific limitations other communities may rest upon. Where in reality there is a threat of prejudice, outside assumptions and the physical constraints of who we actually are, bloggers can become someone else, take on new identities and emphasize small slices of their lives.

Blogs fascinate me because they are the ideal compromise of who we are and who we want to be. They connect us with people we would never meet and bridge gaps that would otherwise be impossible to cover without deep pockets. We can group up with fellow enthusiasts and cultural participants or keep our shades on, it’s up to the blogger.Of course, this is mostly observation, since not too much has been written concerning special populations in blogs other than information professionals themselves.

With the power to comment, like, converse, share and reblog, multicultural groups in blogs are a thriving pulse in the web at large. These days, if someone is looking to connect with fellow fans, share drafts of their latest novel or even plan a revolution (no joke on that one) blogs are the ideal place for special populations and multicultural participants to form strong bonds and lasting relationships.

Keep Writing

–ECW

Poem 52 Edited – Holy Holy

Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! – Allen Ginsberg in his Footnote to Howl

aPoem 52

This poem needed some Holy. This poem needed a lot of everything, but instead of retiring it, like poor Poem 51, I decided to give it more power in reference to a poem far beyond my league.

Holy Holy.

The reference process is a little touch and go. I will not get onto my long drawn out soap box about the literary conversation and all the things that make every poem connected to everything else, bla bla bla… if you really want to hear all that comment below and I will be sure to bend your ear.

In this shorter commentary I will simply detail a few potholes about the poem world that are becoming issued as the new, less read generation, rises to their feet.

1. No one memorizes poems

No one. Not even the english majors. Now that everything is on the internet, we read more and dig a little less into our favorites. Not that we don’t have favorites, but there are more pressing things to do than memorize lines. We can just link them.

Instead there will be more power in referencing the more memorable bits of poems outright and footnoting those parts that are harder to know off hand. For this one, the Holy sort of spoke for itself. So I left it. Maybe later I will make it more visible, but for now I hope they stand.

2. Embrace markings

If you want your reader to take the extra step and see a reference, make it seem like a different piece of the poem. Repeat it. Italicize it. Mark it with a dash. Put it somewhere strangely on the page. The interested reader will take the time, but only if they sense that there is something else other than just your words. There will be so much power in your reference that gets lost when you don’t distinguish it from anything else.

3. Give Up the Struggle

So what if no one knows you referenced Keats’ little-known play in your sonnet about love and loss. The point is depth, the point is conversation, the point is reverence. Someday, someone will see that for what it is. Like letting a bottle message into the sea, your hope is that someone finds it and begins their own adventure. If you wanted someone to get the message right away you might as well have sent an email.

 

TAKEAWAY

This poem was a mess. I needed much more change and freshness to come in and take out the stale. The heartline–that first line–stayed the same, so I feel the point is intact. However, these tactics are strong ways to give the poem an outside reference point. References can make or break a poem and a poet so read well and remember the changing landscape of the poet and reader will affect the way you write for the future.

 

Poem 52 RevisedPoem 52 Original