Derek Motion, a Ph.D. candidate at Charles Stuart University in Australia, has posted an interesting paper in three parts with the above title on his blog typing space. The paper explores/analyzes the opportunities for developing reading/writing communities vis a vis blogs, with a particular focus on literary and poetry blogs. He invites us to consider:
In what ways can a ‘blog community’ be compared to any other literary community: that of readers, writers, critics. After all, networks are things that can serve or impede various groups. As a method I propose to focus on the weblogs of three poets. Stoning the Devil by Adam Fieled (from America), Anne Marie Eldon by Anne Marie Eldon (from England), and Typing Space maintained by myself. I didn’t set out to select blogs from all corners of the globe; this is perhaps just an interesting coincidence. I chose these blogs because of how they function. Fieled’s and Eldon’s blogs are extremely good examples of what I locate as indices, polar forms of the poetry blog. Fieled’s is extensively critical and analytical, and never ‘light’ (while always looking at poetry); Eldon’s blog is entirely composed of new poems, enabling her very particular poetics of identity.
I’ll place mine somewhere in between, with it functioning as a space for poetry, criticism, networking, and bulletin-board. Why not.
I know that I don’t read all blogs in the same way – so let’s draw some more general conclusions from this fact. Would we all read these poetry blogs in similarly different ways? I think maybe yes. And so the idea is that sections of a blogging community can be read, but more importantly usefully read, with some critical assumptions
I was especially drawn to the analysis surrounding the idea of the virtual writerly “community” or “network” and, following this, his treatment of the theory that blogs are headed towards a tradition of “real” or even “poetic writing” and away from the “brief incidential blurbs” that have now been served by micro-blogging tools like Twitter. Motion’s dual exploration into the temporality of blog writing was also compelling.
For those of you interested in blogging/literature/poetry I encourage you to read the paper in full.