Since blogs networks arose, I have been a follower of them, and the whole publishing industry that has been created with it. Because I liked to see, as it has flourished a new kind of media and publishing groups based digital natives and blogs, they do things a bit differently than traditional media, and as has been always, and still are increasingly larger, more numerous and professionals.
So in 2011 from AdLemons launched redesdeblogs.es trying to unite in one place all blog networks that exist in the Spanish-language picture, both of Spanish origin, and throughout South America, and the truth that surprised us the good reception of list, because it was just a complete collection, and allowed us to be more in touch with all of them, and better understand who is who in the industry and as evolved as some others bought, merged, others disappeared, and went shaping the spectrum of new blogs based social media.
In fact, since we relaunched the directory, ranking, top, list or whatever you call it, we have not stopped to include the new networks and update your information. But one of the issues I have had to answer more than once and I’ve seen that has aroused curiosity or directly controversy is the question of:
What is a blog network?
The concept itself may be somewhat ambiguous, but from our point of view, a blog network is a collection of blogs, ie, more than one at least of the same owner, a relationship together, and a feeling network of blogs, even if only 3 blogs.
Normally blogs networks using synergies of the group, having a blog linked from each to the other, either from the header with icons as in the case of RedDeOcio or Redactores, from the sidebar, like most, or from the foot as Hipertextual or ActualidadBlog.
They also have a name of the group/network to which they belong, and that is always present in all blogs, like televisions with traditional media groups to which they belong. In its corporate blog often publish traffic statistics and audience of the whole and of each individual blog, which we discussed that was recommended.
Sometimes share their bloggers and editors among more than a blog of the network, manage blogs with common software, usually in your self hosted WordPress multi-site version and a common template based, but different in the details and range of color and image for each blog.
From there, there is a very wide and varied case mix, but of course, I will not be who say that a set of blogs is a network of blogs, if they pretend to be. More or less professional, more or less typical as we are used to, that’s another matter.
Would you dare you to be more explicit or be who contribute a key point to differentiate between what is or is not a blog network?