Recently I became involved with a couple of special interest group’s blogs that have changed the way that I look at blogging. The most notable of these weblogs is http://mountfranklinpagans.blogspot.com which, as you know from previous posts, I set up to help promote and organize the Mount Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering for Beltane this year.
The galvanizing effect that the blog had on the pagan community was great to see, and there were many, and still are, that enthusiastically sent in essays and photos for posting, many more with encouraging comments, and very many more that followed the blog (and still are), with as many as 500 hits on the page daily. This effect has carried over after Beltane with the site rapidly becoming a focal point on the web for pagans everywhere in the world. (see http://wildhunt.org/blog/2010/11/pagan-community-notes-women-and-the-changing-face-of-paganism-pagan-health-mount-franklin-gathering-turns-30-and-more.html for a review of the site).
Another blog, set up for a private discussion group has also surprized me. This small group, using the forum to exchange thoughts on their topic of common interest, all contribute subjects for discussion which are then answered by the others in the group via the comments. Often five or six share and involved thread of conversation, with each member free to speak their mind or share their insight in ways that they may not in person or on a public forum like Facebook.
Travelling through cyber-space, I have become an avid blog reader. From following friends travels abroad to learning someone’s favorite recipes, or even celebrating the Day of the Dead, blogs have all of the best (and the worst) of us in them.
What are the most interesting blogs that you’ve found? What ways have you seen blogs being used that you would never have imagined? Is the social network on the internet greater than the sum of its parts?