There is a new blogger on the scene! You may have noticed her commenting occasionally here. Her name is Dawn Rotarangi, the New Zealand author of the soon-to-be-published Ripples on the Lake.
I came across her blog after helping her out with a blogger query over on Absolute Write. On Thursday she wrote an interesting entry on the world of blogging, how one tests the waters, checks out different blogs and finds the ones that speak to them. She also talked about herself, finding her niche and settling in. And she compared the whole thing to a highschool dance.
And I would like to take this idea and run with it for a bit.
There most definitely is a blogging hierarchy. There are the popular blogs, the ones everyone knows about - ie Perez Hilton. Then there are the popular blogs within a certain niche, in my case I would cite Miss Snark as an excellent example. She is hugely famous in the writing world, anyone who is in this business knows of this lover of George Clooney with her spiky heels and stash of gin (possibly around the neck of her beloved Killer Yap, in much the same way medicine could be found round the neck of a Saint Bernard - well if she hasn't done that I highly suggest that she give it a go).
Then there are the blogs that are like the clubs at school that eat lunch in their respective office or something, blogs where a group of people go around and read each other's blogs and post comments, very insular, but extremely supportive of each other.
And then there are the new blogs, the new kids. Slowly going around and finding their footing, trying on different personalities until they find the gang they most get along with.
But what gets to me about this whole thing, more than this interesting hierarchy, is how young we all are. Miss Snark has been blogging for all of 2 years. That's it. And yet now I can't imagine a world without all these different resources, these different people. Blogs have utterly changed the way the world works. And yet when it comes to media, blogs are like the new kids. I can only wonder where they will go from here.
Anyway, all this came about because a lovely blogging buddy of mine, Pat Wood, and her book Lottery, were totally praised on Miss Snark today, which has inspired no ends of congrats (well deserved of course, and to which I heartily add my own), and I was just thinking about status in the blogging world, and how two or three years ago, this social structure didn't exist at all. And how important, how vital, it has become now.
I get philosophical at times.
So super congrats Pat! (and I thought I would just brag for a moment that I too have an ARC [advanced reader copy] of Lottery. I am totally flattered really to have one, and that's all I'm going to say about it until I finish it, you'll all just have to wait with bated breath).
And welcome again to Dawn!
And yay to blogging! You are so cute and little now, I just have to wonder what you'll be like when you become a gawky teenager. Ah well, I'll deal with your rebellion when the time comes. Now have a lollipop!