This is designed as the background portion of the blogosphere and blog search, please go here for an in depth review of the three blog search tools I used
About Blogs & Blog Search Engines
What is a blog?
Blog is a contraction for the term WEB LOG. A blog is maintained by a person or organization with entries/posts which could be commentary, description of events, or anything else they want to write. It could also include graphics, videos, links to other blogs, pages in addition to text.
In recent years, other more formal uses for blogs have popped up. Corporate blogs is published and used by an organization to reach its organizational goals. The advantage of blogs is that posts and comments are easy to reach and follow due to centralized hosting and generally structured conversation threads (For instance, Google has an offical blog).
Blogs focused on a particular form of medium include: VLog, Linklog, Sketchblog, or Photoblog. If you are interested in blog's history, you can look here.
There is a lot of content out there in the Blogosphere!
Blogosphere is the collective community of all blogs. Because of the ease of making blogs, you probably want an easier way to search through all the great user generated content, which is why Blog Search Engines exist! They help you search through blog content.
Overall Comment on Blog Search Engines
Overall, Blogs are not very useful for this project like this. In doing research on an industry, there are two things that are helpful, one is historic information, the other would be news. For user generated content, not many people write about the history of coffee companies and I guess there isn't much to discuss concerning coffee news - at least not enough for an entire blog to be dedicated to it. However, there are blogs surrounding topics like coffee fair trade, or even espressos. At my stage of the project just gathering news and background info, I would rate it a (5/10) in comparison to other tools used. However, in terms of Technorati, Blogline, and Google, I rated them a 3, 7, and 6 respectively only in terms of their search feature.
In addition to the three blog search engines I review, Some other blog tools include:
(A great comparison of blog search tools here)
During this project, I used the blog search engines. I take you through an in depth review of each engine, and some queries I used here
Alternatives to Blog Search Engines
As you will see from the review, I only found a few results from blog searches helpful. However, I do believe that blogs have good content. A better way to find them might just be through a simple search like a Google search for Starbucks Blog, which yielded results like this:
And more commentary blogs like this:
Don't forget to read my in depth review of Blog Search tools!