I tried a little mass media-blogging experiment. As a consequence of playing with the blog system here are my present top posts.
Some of these posts go back to 2014 ( I remember when that was once perceived as considerably far enough in the future to be a setting for a Speculative Fiction narrative), if you missed out on any of these, you may wish to take a look. For those of you who have seen the posts, I include some new compositions based on screen capture of a blog post ( pedalling faster ), scanography, and some digital photos of the family TV screen.
I also have a couple of questions about blog layouts and reading habits related to blog posts. I have included to a musical component to the blog to make the whole process of reading the blog more enjoyable.
Blogs include a range of components, depending of the content and intended target audience. Some of these components reflect the social media aspect of blogging. Besides likes and comments, many bloggers will include My Community, Recent comments, Top Posts & Pages, and Recent Posts Visited & Liked by the blogger. These specific components of a blog’s layout demonstrate the blogger’s activity in producing and interacting with the blogging community. It also provides a structure that invites/encourages others to participate in the shared social experience of blogging.
Further components enable a viewer to explore the blog based on related subjects by using Categories and Tags ( presented as lists/clouds ). The blog can also be explored through searches and an archival search/listing. The viewer can often interact through comments that go back a number of months or even years.
Pondering all this left me wondering about the effectiveness of these components. I also began considering how the expansion of digital devices has altered how blog posts are being accessed. Recently WordPress made changes to the Editor & Reader to accommodate a growing audience that are using digital tablets & phablets , as well as phones and laptops. Many were not happy with these changes, especially those “old school” desktop bloggers who found that the new touch-screen interfaces & layouts were less friendly when trying to use a desktop screen & keyboard. They also noticed that the Reader’s new layout, designed to be more friendly to a Touch-screen Tablet was more effective at presenting specific type of content – posts with more than three images and posts with longer pieces of prose text were presented more clearly.
This is actually an example of mass media technology subtly shifting into a new medium. It is subtle because the technological advances do not initially appear to either the creator/producer or the target audience to be a change in media; the changes are seen as enhancements, but still considered the same medium. Moving from radio to television is an obvious change from one medium to another, as is going from photography to cinematography. Changing from black and white to colour photography/cinematography/television is a change in media. Moving from a desktop screen to a hand held touch screen is technological enhancement that alters how the viewer interacts with the media content, therefore it is a change in the type of media delivering the content. When you change the medium, you alter the message.
So here are the questions I have been considering – I am hoping you will provide some feedback.
How many of these components do you include in your blog’s layout ? Why ?
Do you use any of these blog features when visiting other blogs ? Why ?
How are you accessing blogs such as mine ?
Are differences in digital devices influencing your consumption and production of blog content ?
Hope you enjoyed the post and thanks for any input you may provide.