- What is the Bloggernacle?
- Is it a place, a thing, a concept?
- Does the Bloggernacle facilitate the creation of communities? How?
- Is it people simply communicating with each other that creates these communities, or is it something more, like working together to build the bloggernalce?
- Does the Bloggernacle facilitate the creation of communities in ways that would otherwise be impossible, or create communities that would otherwise not exist?
"The bloggernacle is a collection of online "wards" which members self-select. Many go from ward to ward, even if they serve as a "bishop" (perma) in one particular blog. I blogged with Mormonfeministhousewives, Mormonmentality, Timesandseasons, Juvenileinstructor, and of course, BCC. The bloggernacle, in this age of the internet, is a virtual place--and those who actively participate are always thrilled to meet others of the community in person, unless there have been unkind words exchanged. BCC has yearly retreats for its permas, and had all sorts of get-togethers at the Mormon History Association. So that answers your next question about community. Also, the blogs have behind-the-scenes email exchanges, where permas talk about what's happening on the blog or sometimes in their lives. It's sort of like a large bishopric meeting. It also lets permas give input to content, and sometimes request that a comment or a sidebar be removed.The blogs i've worked with have already been well established, but it's interesting to see new permas welcomed in. Many efforts to make the newbie feel welcome and valued happen behind the blogs.Because of the self-selection process, the bloggernacle DOES facilitate the creation of communities which would not likely form without the internet. People visit FMH and discover other women who are experiencing similar things, and feel (especially because so many use pseudonyms) safe in revealing things they would never talk about in Relief Society. Such communities would and do exist outside the 'Nacle, but the infinte possibility to accommodate pretty much anyone who wants to join make the 'Nacle unique.I decided ultimately that I was using too much time blogging, and also had some family issues which required my attention, so I quit blogging--though I can submit a blog whenever I want to, and have blogged twice (on BCC) from England. I drop in on BCC periodically. I'm not terribly interested in the others. Often, permas from other blogs will ask me to visit their current conversation if it's about race issues, and I almost always comply."
I intend to use portions of this response in the completed version of my post "The Bloggernacle: Forming Digital Communities."