Geo blogging humanises geography. It does by plugging in tools like geo tagged photography, Google Earth or Google Maps with blogging to share personal/human context/meaning of places that are otherwise just impersonal symbols on a map. It adds (hopefully) a human/cultural layer into maps. Something that’s been impossible at a pre internet/social media scale. I’ve been doing something like that in my usual sloppy way as listed on my Google Earth Sri Lanka page which I have neglected to update (I have my unapologetic excuses).
Obviously geo blogging sounds like a fluffy way of justifying wasting time slithering around the web when there’s more important things to do than wasting time on social media. Unguarded geo tagging does have its privacy issues. However I have identified 3 bloggers whose unique approaches to blogging adds value to Sri Lanka’s digitised geography. They of course don’t that they are geo bloggers which is ok. 🙂
I think he’s Sri Lanka’s ultimate geo blogger though no one including the man himself realises this. He’s already taken maps & info to the ultimate level with his is Colombo Bus Map which began as a blog post has evolved into an online mobile friendly app. A variation of this is his interesting Google mapped post of what can only be described as personalised walking tours of Colombo. As a
Kirigalpoththa (the unofficial official hiking blog of the Sri Lankanosphere)
Kirigalpoththa is a great resource on hiking in Sri Lanka. He’s got the geo blog thing going with an extensive Picassa web album of hiking location in Sri Lanka. If there is a next step, its to plug the geographic info into his blog posts. But I’d prefer he spends that time hiking or finding the time + money to hike 🙂
An image a day blog
Nazreen Sansoni’s an image a day blog takes geo bloging to a more personal level and photo blogging to the next level. Plugging in interesting places such a this abandoned house on the island of Kayts, or a more publicly assessable view from the Galle Fort ramparts adds interesting ground level views invisible on iconified maps. There’s also atmospheric shots like this one which is hard to pin down. Mixed in are a gob of bravely public personal photos which for reasons of privacy only belongs on a private map of the photographer.
Yes they are all subjective, highly personal and most likely unmonetizable. The most interesting manifestations of social media usual tends to be that way.
If you have spotted a blogger that you think qualifies as a geoblogger comment me a link (flickr sites don’t qualify as “blogging”).