A few Typographies of Bloggers
First, a very brief bit of terminology: A typography is a way to organize things, much like a taxonomy. Each item within a typography has clearly distinguishing characteristics, but there’s no hierarchy such as animal, vertebres, mammals, hominids, humans. To be honest, I’m not sure if this is a typography or just some categories. But “A few categories…” would be far less fun as a headline.
At BlogNashville, Rebecca McKinnon discussed the concept of “bridge bloggers,” those bloggers who make an effort to blog about their country in a way that an outsider or foreigner can understand. Its a great concept, but I’m having trouble finding a good link. Anyone? So much of what so many bloggers say is “inside baseball,” things that are hard for folks outside the club to understand (or even understand why you might bother to say them). This doesn’t just happen across national boundaries, it also takes place across organizational or professional lines. Milbloggers and peace bloggers often seem to be on different planets. No one takes the time to explain their orientation.
There are a few information security bridge bloggers: Steven Hofmeyer nthWorld, the mysterious John at “Internet Security: Be Careful,” Deb Radcliffe at “Security Chief.” Some people might stick Bruce Schneier may fit into the category; his last book was intended as a bridge, but his blog doesn’t always seem to fit.
In a closely related post, “An update from the Weblog Workshop” Ethan Zuckerman posts:
Shinsuke Nakajima from NAIST introduces three ways to think about key bloggers: topic-finders, agitators and summarizers. He talks most about the second two types and methods for detecting them. Summarizers, unsurprisingly, link to lots of people. Agitators can be found by looking for a drastic change in entries posted within a thread, or a drastic change in topic.
Its not original, but still important to note that there’s a split between personal life bloggers (the “Livejournal crowd”) and issue bloggers. Many people maintain both.
And look, once again, it’s Technorati’s blognashville tag. Isn’t there a way to hide that?