Firstly I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to share their thoughts regarding their experience of blogging in the CGArts course. All your comments are useful, as they both confirm and challenge established theories of what constitutes an online community. I've been doing a lot of reading over the last couple of weeks (due to the fact that, like many of you, I have a scary deadline approaching...), and some interesting points have come out of the literature. If you have a few moments I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on the following question - if you don't feel comfortable answering then please don't feel obliged to.
According to an article by the author Martin Dugage (2004), in order for an online community to function effectively it is necessary for the community to be 'closed' - i.e. not openly visible to everyone on the internet. The justification for this is to allow trust to build up between members of the community. So my question is:
How do you feel about the fact that your blogs are visible to anyone on the internet?
Any and all comments gratefully received!