Yesterday I attended the first ever WordCampNL where I gave a talk about “The blog as database. Blogging and the blogosphere through the eyes of software and search engines.” I talked about how research can tell us something about current blogging culture through three concepts:
- Freshness Fetish (an internal wish to update, the consensus within the blogosphere to blog daily and the external force of the search engines that rank their content according to freshness)
- Software-Engine relations (the role of the search engines in indexing, shaping and constructing our blogosphere and blogging behavior)
- Template Culture (how the software also defines the aesthetics of blogging and the rise of the ‘widgetized self’ – see a previous post on The widgetized self and the modding user in the blogosphere
The first Dutch edition of WordPress was a great success thanks to the organizers. I also got a chance to meet my ex-colleague of the Blog Herald and long time blogging inspiration Lorelle VanFossen and successful blogger Liz Strauss.
On top of that I was actually able to help some people with some WordPress questions. Loved it!
Photo by Daphne Channa Horn (whose blog I built ;)
Madbello from about:blank posted a small video preview of WordCampNL