November 07, 2002


Help me here. Please.

I feel some ownership of a little project being undertaken by an acquaintance who, upon learning about weblogs via my Fragments signature in a recent email, has changed his research topic mid-stream in a graduate class he is taking at VA Tech called Digital Cities and Internet Communities. I am only vaguely in touch with his hypothesis, but it does include the assumption that weblogs (which only a couple of his fellow students were even aware of) offer the potential for real community or at least a "sense of community" which he states includes:

Feelings of membership Feelings of influence Fulfillment of needs Shared emotional connection

Can anyone suggest one or more weblogs or other related resources that point to webloging and development of community? In what ways have you found community in the weblog experience? Send any suggestions to me and I will relay to my friend.

Thank you in advance, vast and tightly-knit and deeply-bonded brothers and sisters in the community of Fragments readers, including recent Googlers searching for "hydrant flow test calibrate"; "buried in pigskins"; and "mushroom maggots smell brown cluster". You may think you ended up here by accident, but we have been expecting you. Welcome. Breakfast at 5:00, no smoking, and link back to Fragments; no other rules.

Posted by fred1st at November 7, 2002 07:22 AM

I was hoping for smelly mushrooms fried in pigskin for breakfast. Hold the maggots, please.

Posted by: michele at November 7, 2002 07:42 AM

Seb's Open Research

Posted by: Pascale Soleil at November 7, 2002 08:17 AM

some of the best people i've met in the last few years, people who have become close friends (despite the fact they aren't physically close), i've met thru journalling and blogging. i'll pull together a list of blogs, projects and communities for your friend; will mail your way today. he's also welcome to contact me directly, if you'd like to pass along my email addy.

Posted by: beth at November 7, 2002 08:39 AM

Two areas of possible focus (fairly obvious): blogrolls and how they intersect; commenting applications. Also transition to real-time meetings. You've now had a few.

Posted by: sainteros at November 7, 2002 09:25 AM

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