Bunch of people have posted about Blogexplosion. It’s a way to randomly encounter new weblogs, and also to drive (random) traffic to your own site. I recently came into discussion with someone about the idea of “public weblogging,” that is weblogs that are kept for a fairly public audience.

My weblog is a public weblog. I entered into it in part because I thought that as a public employee and an educator I had a responsibility to speak publicly on matters in which I had some knowledge. Luckily, I didn’t stop there! But many weblogs are not really designed to attract a large or a public audience. Many people are happy to have a weblog for their friends and family, or a fairly close-knit group. These two types of blogging are interesting for different reasons.

Visiting random blogs through, for example, the random link at feels very different from Blogexplosion in large part because those who have joined the latter are seeking out public audiences.

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  1. Posted 11/26/2004 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    But in order for blogs to turn up in they have to ping the service. Is that something that happens automatically (if so with which blogging produts?) or is it something they have to enable? If the latter they are at least minimally seeking an audience.

  2. Posted 11/26/2004 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    All the major blogging products ping, almost always by default. You don’t get everything that way (e.g., LJ journals that are “private”), but I think you get nearly everything. At least those that people don’t think to make explicitly private.

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