Mar 16th, 2009 by Natalie Anne Lanoville
Not so long ago, in a blogoverse not at all far away, SBT Seabuckthorn Blog maintained a series of satellite blogs on major blogging platforms!
Why do we do this? Well, a main reason is because we’re very active in the blogging world, we read a lot of blogs and we comment on a lot of blogs, and many blogging platforms support or even require logins, which are connected to their native blogging platform.
And belumph fristred blogoverse platform snufflepus!
In other words, HUH??? What the heck did I just say?
Well, let’s figure out some of the particulars. First, if you’re reading this blog, you probably already know that a blog (short for Web Log), is a kind of a cross between an online diary and a news outlet, which allows users to post (publish) frequent, chronological updates or broadcasts regarding whatever the user wants to write about.
You might also know that readers of the blog can comment on individual posts, offering praise or criticism, adding information, or participating in a discussion of or at the blog post.
So how does one start or find a blog? Well blogging requires special software, which lives on big servers on the internet (not on your home computer). Because this special software is created by particular individuals or companies, they like to manage it from their own servers. So online communities such as LiveJournal, Yahoo!, Blogger, and blogging specialists such as WordPress make their software available to people who want to blog, and when those people start a blog, it is stored and managed from the blogging software developer’s servers. You own the content, but it is stored and managed from a remote location, kind of like webmail. The software is called a blogging platform, and the locations where they are stored are called blogging sites.
To protect their blog authors – who are all members of their unique community by virtue of a login just like webmail – these servers give preferential treatment of various kinds to registered users. This preferential treatment includes automatic approval of comments.
Because we at SII are interested in participating in blog-based discussions, we have created satellite blogs on some of the major blogging platforms, partly to make it easy to leave comments on other blogs on the same platform, and partly to make it easier for other bloggers to find us!
So where are we in the blogoverse? Good question! Here’s the answer (so far):
If you don’t read these blogs regularly you won’t be missing much – we don’t update them very often and we don’t break any critical news on one of the satellites and not the MotherShip (AKA Seabuckthorn.net), but if you blog on one of those platforms, you might get a friend request from us, or see a comment from us!
We look forward to getting to know you better in your own internet neighbourhood.