Blog Collective I: Vectors

Blog Vectors with Sage to Meadow, March 28, 2010

This is a Blog Vector Analysis, a *quick-and-dirty study of interactions among selected bloggers interacting with Sage to Meadow, March 28, 2010.

Each of the lines represent a blogroll connection.  The arrows generally go two ways: bloggers put each other on their blogrolls, a matter of friendly and interested reciprocation.

I have more blogs on my blogroll than is seen in the Blog Vector.  This diagram lists only those blogs that I have had interaction with for at least ten (10) to fifteen (15) times in the comment section of our blogs, both comment sections combined.

My blog is Sage2M or Sage to Meadow.  My interactions on an involved level (10-15 comments) are with ten (10) bloggers.

The Blog Collective I have consists of eleven (11) nodes, myself included.

One objective I had in drawing the diagram was to ascertain where my Blog Collective might have originated and, then, multiplied.  A second objective was to diagram the interaction of my blogging friends, to see who connected with whom.

My first search for bloggers involved New Mexico blogs and I came up with two: Stark Raving Zen and Teresa Evangeline (formerly of Santa Fe).  From those two blog nodes, the Collective was begun, so that now I have the ten (10) involved nodes.

On the diagram, please note that Sea Mists and Sunsets, Chris Schutz, has four (4) interactions within the Collective, and so also does The Block with Kittie Howard and Teresa Evangeline’s blog.

Note also that the photographic blogs interact with each other and me, but not with others in the Collective: New Mexico Art Photography, Evangeline Art Photography and Jeff Lynch.

Seven nodes are related by New Mexico connections: Color of Sand, Taos Sunflower, Teresa Evangeline, Evangeline Art Photography, New Mexico Art Photography, Stark Raving Zen and I Love New Mexico.  The diagram does not relate that attribute.

In conclusion, the graphic illustrates that if you like New Mexico, the American West, photography, writing, place or nature, then you will be a part of the Sage to Meadow Collective.

*A quick-and-dirty (Q&D) study is just what is sounds like: fast, quick, but revealing.  Basically, there are two kinds of research: Q&D, sometimes called “hot” research when bullets are flying and bulldozers are idling in the background and pressure is on to evaluate a situation.  The second is “cool” research–time can be taken to hypothesize, ponder and conclude, like writing a monograph or thesis.



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12 responses to “Blog Collective I: Vectors

  1. Good morning
    What a great idea you had and drawing it out for us too. I will work on one myself to see what mine looks like.
    Happy blogging today

  2. In-ter-es-ting, Jack. How important is vectoring! Or, as we would call it in Elementary Ed – webbing. Tho in Elem Ed, it is mostly used at the rehearsal stage, not the analysis stage. You’re a good teacher.

    The Hot, Cool definitions are neat to have. ‘Dozers engines idling …

    Your use of blog to report back on other blogs is great. My interest piqued from your sharings, I have checked others out from your references, for sure. I would add the term ‘place’ next to nature ? whaddya think?

    • C.C.:

      I think that is a good addition. I’ll put it in there. I think I know what you referring to. Correct me if I don’t get it right. The definitions came from my archeology research in the field. Field research often has to be quick and dirty when construction crews are behind you. And, that’s too bad when hot research is pushed for corporate need.


  3. This is neat. Fun to see connections and how they formed – a “family tree.” I really like your description of “cool” research regarding bullets and bulldozers. I just noticed your reference below to The Odyssey…..

    • Teresa:

      Yes, The Odyssey. I’m going through and citing all the references to terrain, plants and animals. Start at the beginning, as they say.

      You are back in Minnesota. Right?


      • Yes, I am. It’s raining outside and feels good. Looking at possible land, lots of back road driving just to be out there and see what’s what. Nothing yet that says Home. I want to be certain when I lay down those roots… no more unnecessary side trips 🙂 Love what you’re doing with The Odyssey. Sounds like Darwin, on the Galapagos.

  4. Teresa: Good for you back there in Minnesota. Yes, we looked and looked for a year before we found what we could afford. I think you should look for the view, then buy as much of the land as you can afford. Sometimes, you might think about buying worn-out land and re-constituting it. You’ll make the best choice. I know. Thanks on The Odyssey. It’s the first Western piece of literature in the canon. Gotta be something there to use on a blog. –Jack

  5. And I’m honored to be included in this map Jack. I’ve always believed that the Lord put us here to teach us of the importance of how we relate to each other and how we all relate to Him. A pebble dropped in the ocean can be felt around the world! What a wonderful journey we share together.


  6. Kittie Howard

    Jack, I studied your interactive chart with interest. I’m delighted you took the time to make one, for it does take time. I’ve sprinkled the Southwest photographers with comments but without feedback. I’ve wondered if this is because I sometimes veer left with political thought, if my stories didn’t connect and/or photographers in general were more into photo journals, stories and/or their craft, for I’ve sprinkled comments among photographers in other areas. No conclusion reached. I really do enjoy photographs. The right photo says so much. But I also like an occasional comment that connects. So, I don’t know, don’t know.

    • Kittie: I would say that the photographers (at least the ones on my blogroll) are quite leftists–preservationists, multi-cultural, organic farming and ethnically plural in many sectors. I limit my blogroll to those bloggers that are at least centrists. I have to dink around with flat-earth people enough in my life without bringing them into my blogosphere. So, the lack of response, I believe, is not your politics. They are just busy, that’s all. New Mexico Photography (Karen Rivera) is currently moving from Oregon to New Mexico, closing down an organic farm for many years because of the economy. Evangeline Art Photo is just beginning to blossom as a regionally-recognized photographer and has expanded into fashion photography and is pulling together photos for two books. Jeff Lynch teaches and conducts photo safaris in Texas, so….

      Reciprocity is very important. That’s why you and I keep it going. Plus, our politics. Your narratives.

      Kittie, I don’t campaign it because I want to keep it separate from Sage to Meadow, but I have a political blog that I occasionally post on when I am so motivated. It’s my hard side, brazen and even caustic. Frankly, my earliest memories are of politics in my family–the *opposition* to the Taft-Hartley bill of 1946. So, you understand my roots.

      Take care, Kittie.

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