One word to rule them all.
I’ve heard some bloggers say (more like read some bloggers write, but eh) that they dislike the term blogosphere/aniblogosphere but I’ve never really understood why. Perhaps it’s some strange inherent dislike for spherical objects in general. I’ve made a mistake (twice) when using prepositions in conjunction with the word “blogosphere”. I wrote “I hate Christmas on the blogosphere (literally, I Hate Christmas On The Blogosphere but let’s not get into that again) rather than “in” the blogosphere, which would seem like the correct term. After all, people don’t say “on the world”, they say “in the world” and the world being a sphere the same rules would seem to apply to the word “blogosphere.”
If that doesn’t sway you, take into account the word “globe”. You can say “all around the globe” but if you said “on” the globe or “in” the globe, something sounds slightly off. All these words (sphere, world, globe) essentially mean the same thing (a round 3-Dimensional object) and yet they all work differently with prepositions. This can lead to some (read: endless) confusion which in turn leads to me writing incorrect(?) post titles.
Even when I say aloud what is seemingly the correct statement, “I Hate Christmas In The Blogosphere”, it still doesn’t seem right. There’s always the option of saying “within the blogosphere” which could be construed as meaning physically inside the sphere. The surface of the blogosphere itself is made up of bloggers and commenters, the people; that which is within the blogosphere is everything else, the blogs themselves, the readership and most importantly the content. As such, this definiton would make sense, as my reactions and feelings on the subject of Christmas would be “content”. With that in mind, let’s move on to the heart of the matter.
What I like about the word “blogosphere” is that it implies that the blogging community is a world in and of itself, even more so as this world is, for the most part, focused on anime. Like a circle, it is never-ending; there is always content being exchanged, read, and more recentlythan before, shared between authors and readers alike. It’s a world focused on the constant appreciation and analysis of one subject, in contrast to the “real world” which may lead to moments of occasional E-nnui.
However, if this were solely the case, then the “blogosphere” would be no more than a “blogocircle” (go ahead, laugh at the ridiculousness of that word). What makes it “spherical” is the “meta” of each blogger and commenter, which gives everyone a different viewpoint and conclusive opinion on a subject. For example, on one plane there are those who love and hate Itakiss purely because of the characters, which would be two-dimensional, the circle. But on top of that, you have those who love or hate the show because of the technical aspects, which adds another dimension, another circle. Others love or hate it because of the music or the setting or the storyline. Imagine all of these opinons based on individuals experiences as the longitudinal structure of the sphere.
Then we have the “meta” aniblogging, which is something literally lateral to the simplistic feelings of love or hate towards any particular show. It’s not about all about feelings towards an anime, it’s about how anime or its fandom has affected you as a person or how your experiences have affected the way you perceive anime. This makes up the latitudinal structure of the sphere. As such, with the finished product you get the “blogosphere”.
Bloggers and commenters express themselves though writing and that is what makes up the “content” of the sphere, the “within” that I mentioned earlier. Everything is pooled into the centre of the sphere, which is a constantly bustling location of discourse, dorama and discussion. It is a world with more depth and content than the world itself, though this is purely since “within the world” there is only magma and rock .
The reason I like the term “blogosphere” is because it rolls off the tongue keyboard well and it so aptly describes this world I’ve managed to stumble into and become a part of. How about you? WHat are your feelings on the word “blogosphere”?