By Sarah Pedersen (Auth.)
'Weblogging' or 'blogging' has joined electronic mail and net domestic pages as probably the most well known makes use of of the net. This booklet makes a speciality of the British blogosphere, evaluating British bloggers to the extra researched US. Motivations lined comprise the will to hook up with others on-line, the necessity to show evaluations or blow off steam, or to percentage stories, and a transforming into monetary motivation within the blogosphere. different motivations explored comprise a wish to turn into a 'citizen journalist', a necessity for validation, the economic probabilities of running a blog and the potential of turning your web publication right into a released 'book'.
- Expands the dialogue of the running a blog phenomenon outdoors the US
- Focuses at the British blogosphere, evaluating British bloggers to the extra researched US
- Includes a dialogue of the motivations of girls bloggers
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It thus seems that, despite the coverage in the mainstream media about citizen journalists and the impact and importance of political bloggers, these remain a small sub-section of the blogosphere. When investigating the ‘long tail’ of the rest of the blogosphere, we generally find more personalised motivations and interests. Although the respondents were happy to see blogging as a form of journalism, just as it might be a form of creative writing, diary-keeping or publishing, it seems that this association had a personal impact on only a very few of them and that, for the most part, the respondents were not eager citizen journalists motivated by a desire 38 The journalism motivation to keep politicians and the mainstream media on the straight and narrow.
Schultz and Sheffer reported a feeling among these older journalists that media managers had rushed into blogging without a good understanding of how it worked or the dedication of resources to make it effective. Such a reluctance to join the blogosphere may explain why some media sources choose to employ bloggers themselves rather than encourage journalists to embrace blogging. 2 million unique visits per month to his blog, to write a blog on its website entitled Political Animal (Drezner and Farrell, 2008).
It also fulfils demands for accountability, as ‘Letters to the Editor’ pages are deemed to do for print newspapers (Raeymaeckers, 2005). But at the same time, the BBC is seeking to normalise blogs within existing journalistic frameworks. Such an activity shows how journalists are striving to stay as gatekeepers, ‘normalising’ the blog as ‘a component, and in some ways an enhancement’ of traditional journalism (Singer, 2005). For some journalists, blogs offer a chance to say what cannot be said on the news page or in a brief three-minute report to camera or to be creative beyond the newsroom – they can represent ‘an assertion of the value of the personal in the public sphere’ (Matheson, 2004: 452).