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Monday, April 13, 2015

Knowledge (Elements of Blogging) #AtoZChallenge



       While it can reasonably be argued that all blogs contain and impart knowledge, there are some blogs where knowledge is the focus.  These blogs might serve an educational capacity of teaching the readers about some particular topic or various topic through the dissemination and examination of knowledge in the form of facts, data, or certain opinions.

        Knowledge blogs can be about history, geography, law, health, or any number of other topics.  Since most of us who blog about factual information are providing food for the mind so to speak, we are engaging in a form of teaching others.  The blogs that might be more accurately referred to as "knowledge" blogs have a teaching mission as the intent of the blog posts.   This mission might have a purpose of specific educational value or they might be providing knowledge for certain groups of bloggers such as writers.

          A blogger's intent would be the primary definer as to whether their blog should be considered to be a knowledge blog.  Also in this category we might include bloggers whose focus is trivia or more specific arcane knowledge intended for entertainment value or educational value.

         Do you ever use knowledge blogs for research?   Would you tend to agree with my assessment of a knowledge centered blog as opposed to a blogger who might sporadically drop tidbits of knowledge into their blog posts?   Are there some other "K" blogging themes that you can think of?

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46 comments:

  1. Well yes! I am constantly at knowledge blogs -ones for writers, cooking blogs, and for research -how to make a samuri sword! Thanks Lee, your blogs are always full of interest and entertaining too.

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    1. I suppose one could say all blogs are engaged in imparting knowledge of some sort.

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  2. I suggested Kitchen as a K to another AtoZer, but I think she decided on Knowledge. I wonder if anyone did use Kitchen. Sue’s Trifles

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    1. A blog based on kitchen related things would provide a lot of post inspirations especially if food and recipes are part of it.

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  3. Interesting points here Lee, I don't use blogs for knowledge,
    Have you ever know me to be knowlegable? Now music is a different matter altogether along with Danny Boy????????
    Have a great day.
    Yvonne.

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    1. You know music and your poems have provided other interesting information about people and places. Of course you are knowledgeable.

      Lee

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  4. Hilary's blog is definitely bursting with knowledge.

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    1. So much knowledge that it overflows! But it is fascinating.

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  5. Great "K" word. I have learned a lot since I started reading on blogger.

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    1. Maybe someday we can earn degrees from reading blogs.

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  6. I like knowledge blogs when I find them....I always pick up some tidbit or two for the future.

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    1. Your blog has provided me with knowledge about crafting as well as the geography and sites in the area where you live.

      Lee

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  7. I always appreciate a knowledge blog when I need to do historical research, whatever the specific topic.

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    1. Carrie-Anne, your blog offers a great deal of knowledge that I'll bet some have used in their own research.

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  8. I agree, Hilary's blog is full of information and definitely disseminates knowledge. I think Kitchen is a good K word - place in which I spend a lot of time. Kindness too.

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    1. Jo, you could probably do well with a "Kitchen Blog". You provide a lot of recipes on your current site. "Kindness" could offer a lot of possibilities as well.

      Lee

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  9. Hilary's blog is full of facts and pictures. There are a few other that always have a few tidbits and more so during the challenge.

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    1. Susan GK, there are so many blog posts during A to Z with useful and fascinating knowledge that I'm always amazed by some of what bloggers come up with.

      Lee

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  10. Hi Lee - thanks so much for highlighting my blog - really appreciate - I add the small facts in because I want to know and learn .. and then a little snippet here and there perhaps adds to others interest.

    I love my learning .. so am really grateful to you for giving the blog a knowledgeable nod .. Thank you! Cheers Hilary

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    1. You're more than welcome, Hilary. Your posts are so much fun and filled with interesting items.

      Lee

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  11. I often read blogs about writing. I think fellow authors can impart a great deal of useful knowledge and experience about the craft and the business if writing. And of course when I'm researching a story, I'll use blogs along with other sources.

    TD Harvey
    A to Z participant
    http://www.tdharveyauthor.com

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    1. TD, blogs can be great forums for ideas and exchange of thoughts and opinions.

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  12. I do not use blogs as sources, not in general. There's no way to be certain if someone is just spouting off or if they actually know what they're talking about. I go to more official places when I need to fact check or research.
    Also, those kinds of blogs tend to be really dry.

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    1. It really depends. For the most part a blog would not be a credible citation to use in research, but it can be a start. There are some blogs that probably are authoritative, but I don't think I totally rely on any blog for information the I was going to use for citations.

      Lee

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  13. Love Hilary's blog. I'll stop over at James and say hello.

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  14. I like visiting If I Only Had a Time Machine by Maryann Holloway. She has great info on WW2 plus so much more. I think of kittens:)

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    1. You're right Birgit, that WWII series has been excellent.

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  15. Well researched knowledge blogs powered by writers own understanding of the subject, and good articulation - what else would I want if I want to swim in the sea of information!

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    1. Arpita, It's like getting an education isn't it.

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  16. I rather like to hide fact inside my quirky little tales . . . I sure someone once said Knowledge is Power . . . Ah yes Francis Bacon as in the philosopher and scientist not the Artist.

    Rob Z Tobor

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    1. Rob, I prefer my Bacon with eggs with a bit of philosophy and weird art on the side.

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  17. There's a writing blog that I follow that totally fits the "knowledge" category. :) Stopping by for the A to Z Challenge! Aidyl@Noveltea

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  18. Hmmmmm . . . all of my blog posts contain "sporadic droppings" of knowledge - kinda like what birds do.

    K-themes? Life's Knuts and Bolts, Kreative Expression and Philosophy of Konsciousness

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  19. I've come to really enjoy food blogs, you often find ideas there you might not come across otherwise. I don't know if I would use a knowledge blog for research, though I certainly have for quick grammar rules (though you have to be careful!).

    As for other K topics, hmm, I kinda began and ended with "kinda." ;)

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    1. Isa-Lee, I wonder if a citation from blog would be acceptable on a scholarly paper?

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  20. Yes, I agree that some blogs focus on the sharing knowledge and yes I do use some of them, especially if I am doing research on a topic and have come to trust a certain blogger or if they have convinced me of the worth of what they are sharing with evidence. Maria@Delight Directed Living

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    1. Maria, if the blogger is a known expert or has proven credible in the past I might trust what they say on a topic, but still I might some additional back-up from other sources.

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  21. For me the blog has to demonstrate that they know what they are talking about. I find them a good resource for areas a little too esoteric for online encyclopedias.

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    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
    2015 A to Z of Vampires
    http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/

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    1. Exactly, Tim. Credibility is as important on a blog as it is in some other scholarly source if I'm doing research. Otherwise it's for interesting reading that doesn't require evidence necessarily.

      Lee

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  22. I have come across knowledge blogs via searching Google for topics that I'm researching and I'm always thrilled to find these blogs, especially if they are imparting valuable information.
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Michele--Google can also be notorious for delivering misinformation so one has to be cautious about believing it all.

      Lee

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  23. I know people who write blogs specifically about history, or the history behind a historical novel. I might read something on an educational blog, but I always look for other sources to verify what I am reading.

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  24. I visit knowledge blogs when I'm doing research for something, which seems to be quite often these days.

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  25. I also did knowledge for my K, but differently than you.. I don't really follow any knowledge blogs, but thanks for introducing those!

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  26. I use writing blogs a lot. I found blogs to help me research police stuff and K-9 stuff too.

    Heather

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