My local newspaper had a column this morning by a reporter bemoaning the fact that "anonymity too often emboldens bloggers." In a nutshell, he ranted about the "almost criminal lack of credibility" displayed by the blogosphere when people can anonymously present fiction as fact.
I think that he may be right when it comes to certain subjects in the blogosphere - that is why I avoid "political" blogs at all costs. But it's been my personal experience that the blogosphere has taught me many things, opened my eyes to new ideas and brought a lot of supportive "anonymous" friends my way. In fact, here's just a few things I've learned recently through the blogging community.
I solved the mystery of what creature or natural occurrence makes those little sandy mounds found throughout Florida forest areas. Thanks to blogger treeringcircus, I now know it is a Southeastern Pocket Gopher, which kinda looks like a short-tailed rat thing.
I've been seeing those mystery sand mounds all my life and did not know this creature even existed. Thanks TreeRingCircus and SuwaneeRefugee.
And if it wasn't for Florida Cracker, I wouldn't be able to identify nearly the number of Florida flora and fauna that I can now. I also learned how to re-plant bamboo and this week he taught us all how to plant horseradish.
Ok, maybe this one does deserve a fact check. (Photo copyright to PureFlorida)