Monday, April 13, 2015

A to Z of Blogging: K - Kaleidoscope

The blogging world is a gigantic collection of ideas, information, experiences and expressions. It is not just a simple collection though; it is more like one big kaleidoscope.

What Is A Kaleidoscope?

The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a Kaleidoscope as:

  1. a tube that has mirrors and loose pieces of colored glass or plastic inside at one end so that you see many different patterns when you turn the tube while looking in through the other end
  2. a changing pattern or scene
  3. a mixture of many different things

So how does the blogosphere fit into this definition of a kaleidoscope?




How Is Blogging Kaleidoscopic?


  1. Same Fragments - Many Patterns.
    In a kaleidoscope, the same fragments of colored glass form a different pattern with each turn of the tube. No two patterns formed are ever exactly alike. Blogging is similar.

    Take for example, this A to Z challenge. We all have the same 26 fragments, yet each blog is creating a completely different series with those fragments. Shilpa is writing a 55-word fiction every day on human emotions. Sanch is posting a limerick a day on phobias. Rajlakshmi is covering the Yogasanas. And I’m compiling a series on blogging.

  2. Changing Pattern.
    Patterns formed in the kaleidoscope don’t remain static. They keep on changing. So do blogs. They change. They evolve. With respect to content, as well as design.

    When I started blogging here, I used to write mostly philosophical or inspirational stuff. Since then, I’ve tried my hands at photography, creative writing, posting book reviews and recipes, writing informational articles, and a variety of other things.

  3. Eclectic Mix.
    A kaleidoscope is made up of an eclectic mix of fragments of glass or bits of colored plastic. Blogs are also composed of an assortment of different topics and writing styles. Some are more diverse than the others. I suppose, it is this variety of content that makes blogs so dynamic in nature.

I had a kaleidoscope when I was a kid. A green colored one. It had tiny plastic pieces inside – some long, some round like beads. I could sit with it for hours and watch the different patterns emerge as I moved it slowly in my hand. Now, I do the same in the blogosphere – watch the kaleidoscopic world of blogging unfold in front of my eyes.

What about you? Are you as fascinated by the kaleidoscope as I am? And are you amazed by the variety and dynamism in blogging?


This is my 11th post for 2015 AprilAtoZ.
Link to the previous post: A to Z of Blogging: J - Jargon.


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26 comments:

Keith's ramblings said...

I suppose you could equate this to all of human life. A really thought provoking piece - well, it got me thinking anyway! Thanks for dropping by my site.

Shailaja Vishwanath said...

I am loving this series by you, Kaddu :) It is a mine of information for bloggers everywhere. Look forward to having you on board Blog-A-Rhythm from May :)

Rajlakshmi said...

I have never seen through a kaleidoscopic and I so wish I had done that.. atleast once.
Thank you so much for the mention :D :D

the little princess said...

Great word! It is indeed amazing how people can come up such a potpourri of topics and imaginations! Kalidoscope it is!

Wendy said...

That is a good comparison. I used to love having a kaleidoscope as a kid.
~Visiting from AtoZ

Geetika Gupta said...

Kaleidoscope m not sure but m surely fascinated with your writing and your blog..!
Stay in touch.. :)

Cheers

SHANAYA TALES said...

This was an interesting read. I loved your choice analogy.
*Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

Essence of a Family said...

What an amazing comparison and so true!! #atozchallenge

Shilpa Garg said...

I liked how you have drawn parallels between a kaleidoscope and blogging! True, over the years, we change and evolve the voice of our blog and include so many patterns into it too! Thanks for the mention:)

Sundari Venkatraman said...

Kaleidoscope fits the blogging world perfectly :D Awesome post Chicky
You are welcome to check my A-Z posts here: http://sundarivenkatraman.blogspot.in/

Vinay Leo R. said...

Oh. I like the idea of an A to Z kaleidoscope :) What a wonderful comparison, Chicky.

Melissa Sugar said...

Hi, I am dropping by from the A to Z challenge. I love your blog and your challenge letter icons/photos. Kaleidoscopes are so cool. I have been infatuated and enchanted by them since I was a kid. There is something so mysterious and even magical about them. I enjoyed your post.

Chicky said...

Exactly, Keith! That's what I was trying NOT to think while writing this post, 'coz if you start thinking about life, then it becomes kind of difficult to get your focus on something as relatively mundane as blogging!
Glad you could stop by. Hope to stay connected. Happy blogging!

Chicky said...

Thank you, Shailaja! I'm looking forward to May too! :D

Chicky said...

You're welcome, Raji! If I ever get a chance to meet you, I know what to bring for you now! :P

Chicky said...

It really is amazing, princess. People can be so creative.

Chicky said...

Thank you, Wendy! :)

Chicky said...

Thanks, Geetika! :)
Sure will.

Chicky said...

Thank you, Shantala! This is the image that comes to my mind when I read all the AtoZ posts.

Chicky said...

@Essence of a Family: Thank you! Are you participating too? If yes, then where can I find your blog?

Chicky said...

Thank you, Shilpa :)

Chicky said...

@Sundari Venkatraman: Thank you so much! :)

Chicky said...

Thank you, Leo! You and Bhavya are even writing on the same topics every day, not just the same alphabet... and yet your posts are so completely different!

Chicky said...

Thank you, Melissa! "Magical and mysterious"! That's exactly how they are! :D
Glad to connect with you via the AtoZ! Hope to keep in touch!

Sanch LivingLife said...

That's what makes blogging so attractive --- it's got a myriad of areas that caters to different people

Chicky said...

True, Sanch. There's something here for everyone... both as a blogger and as a reader.

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