I have explained what the Open Source Way (OSW) is. I’ve given two examples of community contributions. I have listed some very handy Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). So, let’s talk about blogging as a personal contribution to the Internet society. To share what you know, what you think and what you create is the very essential idea behind the OSW. I’ll talk about blogging in general, give some specific examples around me and finally I’ll explain my and my friends’ project called Kumpanya.
What is a Blog?
The term ‘blog’ refers to a word group: WebLog. So, it is basically an online diary of a person or an institution. Nearly two decades ago MABs (Multi-Author Blogs) have emerged. Newspapers, think tanks, NGO’s etc. started to launch MABs and ‘blog’ started to be a distinct genre. Today, when we talk about a blog post, we mean a roughly 500 words and media-rich content explaining one’s experiences, ideas, products and/or knowledge. Design of a blog post must be simple and sticked to a framework. Since blogs are online tools their posts should be created considering that it will be displayed through a screen. This is a brief introduction to what a blog and a blog post are. For further insight you can refer to FirstSiteGuide and to develop a better blog post in Turkish you can refer to Bilkent University Turkish Unit.
So, what is the functions of a blog in 2019. Actually, everything we know about blogs has changed with the emergence of microblogs like Twitter. Today, nearly everyone is a blogger, even if he/she doesn’t know it. Each microblog has its own distinct format. For example, you can create 280 character semi media-rich content (you cannot use custom html codes but you can add a graphic, a video and/or a link) in Twitter. Instagram adressess to those who are interested in sharing their images and photos. These tools are not customizable but they are very easy to use and commonly used by merely anyone. First, we tended to see a challange between regular blogs and these microblogs but eventually we discovered that they work well together.
Social Media is like a river running fast. To catch the moment and keep up to date are most of the time so hard for most of the people. When one try to catch up, he/she faces the danger of being lost in such a fast running river. Blogs are like calm coves near this river. Readers are coming to these coves with the help of the river’s flow and these coves give a chance the readers to breathe a little bit.
My Reading List
In terms of Open Source Way, blogs create opportunities for anyone to share what he/she knows, thinks and produces with the Internet Society publicly. It gives inspiration, an introduction to a deep topic or guidance for those who are in need. Let me list some of Turkish and English personal blogs in my reading list:
LaChute, takes its name from the famous novel of Albert Camus, is the blog of Asya, in which she shares her drawings, poems, interviews, etc. (Turkish)
NemaGranice, which means No Borders in Bosnian, is the blog Aysenur, who is interested in late Ottoman History and the Balkan Peninsula. (English)
Teraneler is a whimsi blog of Yılmaz, in which he shares his stories, poems and notes in his idiosyncratic style. (Turkish)
For those who are interested in law, technology and books, Sinerjik is a wonderful and a senior fellow blog of Furkan. (Turkish)
And finally, a MAB, Kumpanya.Org is in my list, which I’ll explain in detail in my next post.
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