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Cruising The WordPress.com Blogging Community

Since WordPress.com is supposed to be representative of a blogging “community”, using as the multiple blogger software tool, I thought I’d stop in to take a look at the community that I’m a part as a member of WordPress.com.

Want to join me? If you are one of the more than 183,000 blogging members of the WordPress.com community, you can cruise the neighborhood by click the new “Next Blog” feature in your WordPress blue dashboard bar when you are logged in. Others can check out the top WordPress.com bloggers at welcome page, or the many blogs featured in the .

Peacehiker recently moved his blog to WordPress.com in order to continue blogging about his travels around the world as a “peace hiker”. Born in Slovenia, Matej Sedmak aka “Peacehiker” explains his life’s dream:

I am going to celebrate my 50th birthday on May 18, 2034 in a world united – there will be no borders between the territorial entities. Every person will be able to visit any place on the Earth with a small ID card. We will be living in a democratic federation of Earth, governed by tricameral parliament, 5-member board of presidents and an independent judicial branch. This government will be in charge for all the issues that transcend the national boundaries.

Wow. He has been traveling since July 2004. As a kindred world explorer, I was thrilled at the brave steps he took in his travels, starting out with USD $200 and his life in a backpack. Since then, with courage and help from generous people he’s met on his path, he’s traveled across Italy, France, Spain, United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba (where they arrested him as an American Spy), Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand and India. He has met with world leaders, peace leaders, activists, media, and just plain people, spreading his message of hope and faith in a single united planet.

Here are some highlights from his travels. Also, he writes his blog in English, Spanish, and Slovenscini, and we look forward to having him import the rest of his blog into WordPress.com.

Ramblings from Carinpoint is exactly what it calls itself: Ramblings. Yet, the ramblings have a point, even though the categories cover a wide range of topics. They range from late breaking news announcements on software and operating systems to freewheeling political commentaries and quotes from a wide range of sources. They are all generally political or technological, and provide a wide range of good information and news.

Some recent highlights that caught my eye included:

Squash is produced by blogger, Phil Sim, who describes himself as an Australian who is “part online entrepreneur and evangelist, part cynical, jaded hack. He has a terrible habit of thinking that he’s right almost all of the time and is not afraid to get down and dirty in discourse to prove it.” Some Squash posts have made it into the top 10, but what is really appealing is the challenges he makes to software developers, as well as the commentary and techniques on how things work on the Internet.

Copernican Republic: Not all blogs are light hearted or stuffed with rambling news. The Copernican Republic is more of a research and discussion project hosted by Robert Vose, a Copernican Republican from Australia. It examines, and invites discussion, on the new Copernican models in Australia.

If you are interested in governments, politics, history, and taking an active part in exploring these models, check out some of these highlights. These questions posed are so good, they make me wonder how many of them have been seriously readdressed within the US Government lately. (Unfortunately, the post titles are numbered questions, not the question posed, something I highly recommend they change as the questions are more important than the question number. I put the questions in the list of highlights below.)

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before: This WordPress.com blog is totally dedicated to music reviews. Even with the limitations in WordPress Theme choices, the structure of each post is consistent, which adds to the clean presentation and “branding” web page design look. Unfortunately there is no information on the About page, so I don’t know anything about the reviewer, which is critical for review sites, but I like the presentation and the reviews of some of the songs and albums. And Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before is a good example of the potential of WordPress as a review and critic site.

Someone Took In These Pants (STITP): As anti-Bush, political blogs go, this one is jammed packed with news, reviews, slams, and dunks about how the US government is being handled, and how American lives are being juggled around through real and imagined loops in our own laws while citizens sit and watch, feeling victimized and helpless. I couldn’t find an About page, which is again very necessary for a blog like this, but the description credits “Robola, JohnnyCougar, Captain Rick and Bru”. As an example of what can be done with a WordPress.com blog, this blog is stuffed with YouTube video links, photographs and cartoons, and a lot of feeds and bells and whistles in the sidebar. Here are a few article that caught my eye.

Space Photos: Okay, on this blog I have to admit some major bias. I’ve been a fan of Space Photos since it began about the same time I did (at the pre-beginning of WordPress.com). And I’m a major outer space fan. The blog is packed with incredible photographs from space including photographs of planets, galaxies, space phenomenon, and general “humans in space”. The articles also help you learn more about what is going on in the pictures, or you can just sit back and be dazzled by their beauty. This blog always feeds my imagination and sadness because we should be out there seeing and experiencing these things in person, not just through a powerful long distance camera lens.

Linux and Open Source Blog: What I like best about this blog is that it sticks to what it’s purpose is: Linux and Open Source Blog. There are no personal stories, editorials, rants and raves, just the core goodies associated with Linux and Open Source Blog. It continues to have very high traffic and rank among WordPress.com blogs, which goes to show that if you stick to a specific topic, explore it thoroughly, and there are enough folks interested, you can make it up the ranks just by specializing.

Pomme and Kelly: Pomme and Kelly are “two 15-year-old girls from the Netherlands. We like to make lots of weird videos, just for fun; we pick some songs (which are often very lame, like Afroman’s “Because I Got High” or some Spice Girls stuff, you know) and then we do some fabulous lip synching!” That sums it up. For those into Vblogs and teenage antics, this is your haven. Their videos have gotten a lot of attention from time to time, but their humor, while often just plain silly, touches all of us, reminding us of our own need for attention and teenage sillies. Still, it shows how WordPress.com bloggers can express themselves and have a good time with their best friend. If you are looking for political or thought-provoking entertainment, they aren’t it. But if you need some good laughs, Pomme and Kelly are too cute.

Where is the Community in The WordPress.com Community?

I thought there would be more of a sense of “community”, as in “things in common”, when this project first started. At first, all the talk was about who could share the intimate details of the secretive WordPress.com interface, so everyone was blogging about WordPress. After you’ve shown the world screenshots of the Write Post panel and Dashboard, then shown new screenshots to replace the old as it has changed and improved over time, you then have to talk about something else. And people did. Over time, I’ve watched the WordPress.com community grow into a very diverse and multi-lingual blog service and host. Blogged topics in the WordPress.com Community are extremely diverse.

Someone asked me why I’m still writing about WordPress. After all, hasn’t it all been said, and by a lot of people. Well, folks, I’ve been writing about WordPress in some fashion or another since 2004. As someone considered an “expert” on WordPress, my articles are seen by, literally, millions, helping them to install, post, upgrade, tweak, twiddle, and blog with WordPress. And not just on this blog. I’ve written about WordPress in many other venues. WordPress and blogging are the purpose for this blog. That’s why the title continues to be “Lorelle on WordPress”.

Already, WordPress is changing the world of the Web, and I expect it will continue to do so. And helping people express themselves and changing the world are very important to me. So hang on, I’m enjoying the bumpy ride! Aren’t you?


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10 Comments

  1. Posted May 13, 2006 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the links to some new blogs to read!

  2. Posted May 14, 2006 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    Nice post Lorelle… The WordPress community is growing at a rate faster than before… Almost a thousand a day, as I have been monitoring it. Hmm…

    Btw, are trackbacks working for you?

  3. Posted May 14, 2006 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Trackbacks have been working, but I’m still traveling so I haven’t been able to check them. Experiment and if the trackback doesn’t show up (you can use this blog as an example) within 4 hours of the original post, then make sure you contact the developers through FEEDBACK to let them know. If I can get to a steady WIFI connection for long enough, I’ll test them, too. But that might be a few days. Thanks for keeping an eye on things!

  4. Posted May 15, 2006 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the post Lorelle.

    The only thing I miss about this “community” is a community discussion forum. Indeed we have the forum, but I think it would be nice to have something other than “support” and “ideas”. I was thinking something like “community”!

  5. Posted May 19, 2006 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    A part of this community is presently watching and learning; quietly thinking. Some are reluctant or accidental bloggers; their blogs aren’t about the first person singular. Some share categorized lists of links or resources, eg: http://brooklynmusic.wordpress.com/ . Others find the blogging community a convenient one in which to bounce ideas around, or to publish content that has been filtered out by other media outlets by editors/publishers with personal or political biases.
    I first came across Lorelle by searching the term accessability. Cameraontheroad stuck in my mind as one of the top sites for this, partly because it a personal rather than an institutional approach. Later on I needed a place to publish, for at least the interim. WordPress.com was a spur of the moment decision that I dont regret: it’s the best for my blog right now. And hey, I meet another (helpful) side of Lorelle!

  6. Posted May 20, 2006 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Ah shucks and mush. Thanks. I get around, don’t I? ;-)

    There are so many fascinating WordPress.com blogs out there, I barely scratched the surface. I’ll be doing another article on WordPress.com bloggers again soon. So stay tuned!

  7. Posted June 11, 2006 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Lorelle

    cairnpoint

  8. John Smith
    Posted November 9, 2008 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Thank ye Lorelle! :-)

    Kindest regards,

    John

  9. Posted December 6, 2008 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Aww shucks, and thanks Lorelle, I have enjoyed your blog since I found it way back in the day.

    • Posted December 6, 2008 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      And I yours, though I haven’t had much time lately with all the travels. We need to talk. I’ll email you later.


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