A Reflection on Kathy Gill's Work
I read the paper by Kathy Gill, called "How can we measure the influence of the blogosphere?" (You can find it here.) I didn't find Gill's work as compelling as I had hoped it would be. In "measuring" the influence of the blogosphere, she uses both quantitative and qualitative analyses, which I thought was good. The problem I had with her paper was that, after stating in her title "How can we measure," she only covers how we DO measure. I thought she would present a new way to show how we can measure the influence of the blogosphere. Because of her title, I expected her to. It was kind of disappointing.
However, she did make some good points which made me reflect. Gill states that blogging can empower a new group of writers. WE, the WOI bloggers, are a new group of writers. I definitely feel empowered. Prior to this, I had a xanga (like an online diary), which i got bored of extremely quickly. But now on WOI, I actually try to post something meaningful, something I want to talk about, not just generic ramblings about my day.
Another good point that Gill makes is that the current method of mathematically determining which blogs are the most influential needs to be revamped. Naturally, we cannot see how a blog is influential without going beyond numbers, but the current system of counting links and the number of hits falls short of seeing influence in the mathematical perspective.