One of tasks for the Culture Module: Blogging is to learn about blogging.
I began my research by looking into the history of blogging. I google searched “history of blogging” and what mostly came up were blogs about blogging. I was actually surprised by that for some reason. Because most of the answers came in the form of blogs I felt the need to skim through a few to determine how factual they were. Thanks, Web Literacy Project! I don’t trust anything now.
Which brought up a question not related to the task, and that is, “do people trust blogs?” Usually when I stumble on a blog, I am easily turned off by the ads. I mean, I get it. Bloggers make money this way, but it detracts from the content, in my opinion. Anyway, this is when it all came full-circle for me (I hope I make Professor Whalen proud for this one). The importance of hyperlinks!
If you find yourself researching something and stumble upon a blog, look for the hyperlinks. Click there if you feel comfortable, of course, for more information. Usually you’ll end up at the original source. It’s not that bloggers are not credible, of course. Most may even be experts, but if its my first time reading content from a blogger I don’t know, I will do some extra research.