I was reading the article The Labyrinth Unbound: Weblogs as Literature by Steve Himmer and it got me thinking about all of the different kinds of blogs out there. There are blogs that are like diaries and blogs about certain kinds of things like science or math. There are blogs that give advice and there are blogs that even ask questions, hoping that they can connect with other bloggers or their readers. All of these could be considered literature. I looked up the definition of literature on Google. One of these definitions said that literature is “books and writings written on a particular subject.” This could classify a lot of what people write on blogs as literature.
“Lanier works at an urban teen center in Massachusetts, and frequently addresses the intimate details of her life and her work. Duemer is a poet and professor of English in upstate New York, and his weblog focuses on political and cultural fascinations. Woods offers an encyclopedic daily compendium of literary and cultural artifacts, and reveals no more about his offline life than that he writes from Ontario, Canada.” – Himmer
“Calling a weblog “literary” does not require content that is about literature or even content that aims to be literature.” – Himmer
There are millions of blogs out there with interesting and useful information ready at your disposal. After reading about all of these different kinds of blogs and looking at them in this different kind of way (as a kind of literature). I will definitely take advantage of these online sources more often.
What kinds of blog categories do you find interesting? What kinds of blogs do you find helpful with your studies or even just everyday life?