What Is The Edublogosphere?

The Wikipedia community provides a decent enough definition of the term blogosphere:

Blogosphere is a collective term encompassing all blogs and their interconnections. It is the perception that blogs exist together as a connected community (or as a collection of connected communities) or as a social network.
That said, I still can't wrap my head around this one:
  • What is the “edublogosphere”?

I realize that the answer to this question may appear obvious on the surface, but deep within lies a beast yet to be fully discovered. These few questions illustrate what I mean.
  • Is the edublogosphere a social network?
  • Is the edublogosphere a social network for every member that hopes to participate?
  • Do members of the edublogosphere form a community or simply a network of learners? Perhaps the term community of practice is more fitting or even pseudo-community: a stage in which many of us may find ourselves?
  • Is the edublogosphere really a sub-division of the blogosphere itself or merely a concoction of those that claim to be a part of it?
  • Isn't every blog post educational in at least some sense?
  • How does one join the edublogosphere? Are there dues to be paid and other rites of passage? I don't remember formally joining but I'm pretty sure I'm a member of it.
  • Are members of the edublogopshere inherently friends or does the golden rule really not apply here?
What do you think?

Image Source: This image is a Wordle tag cloud created from the RSS feed for the Google Blog Search of the term edublogosphere. Yeah, I thought it was odd that it placed the word community off to the side, too.

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