Getting Started With Blogs Jim Murray, Birmingham Public Library [email_address]
What is a Blog? <ul><li>Contraction of the words “Web” and “Log” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Web ”—a blog is produced on the World...
Some Other Definitions <ul><li>Blogging —the act of reading and contributing  to a blog </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger —a perso...
Some Statistics on Blogging <ul><li>147 million American adults use the Internet  </li></ul><ul><li>(49 % of the total pop...
Why Do People Blog ? <ul><li>To Express Themselves Creatively </li></ul><ul><li>To Document Their Personal Experiences and...
Highlights in the History of Blogging <ul><li>1998 —the term “weblog” is coined  </li></ul><ul><li>1999 —the websites Blog...
Types of Blogs <ul><li>Personal Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>News Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Political Campaign Blogs </li></ul><u...
Components of a Blog
How to Find Blogs <ul><li>Blog Award Websites </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bloggies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http:...
How to Find Blogs  (continued) <ul><li>Blog Review Websites  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Weblog Review </li></ul></ul></...
Blog Search Engines <ul><li>Technorati </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.technorati.com/   </li></ul><ul><li>Google Blog Search...
Major Blog Hosts on the Web <ul><li>Blogger   https://www.blogger.com/start   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Owned and operated by ...
Major Blog Hosts on the Web (continued) <ul><li>Live Journal   http://www.livejournal.com/   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly...
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  1. 1. Getting Started With Blogs Jim Murray, Birmingham Public Library [email_address]
  2. 2. What is a Blog? <ul><li>Contraction of the words “Web” and “Log” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Web ”—a blog is produced on the World Wide Web </li></ul><ul><li>“ Log ”—a blog is a log, or chronicle, of someone’s thoughts, opinions, and activities </li></ul>
  3. 3. Some Other Definitions <ul><li>Blogging —the act of reading and contributing to a blog </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger —a person who reads, contributes to, and perhaps maintains a blog </li></ul><ul><li>Blogosphere —the World Wide Web environment in which bloggers communicate with each other </li></ul><ul><li>Post —a individual entry of content on a blog </li></ul>
  4. 4. Some Statistics on Blogging <ul><li>147 million American adults use the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>(49 % of the total population) </li></ul><ul><li>57 million American adults read blogs </li></ul><ul><li>(20 % of the total population) </li></ul><ul><li>12 million American adults maintain a blog </li></ul><ul><li>(4 % of the total population) </li></ul><ul><li>54 % of American bloggers are between the age of 18 and 30 </li></ul><ul><li>As of September 2007, there were over 106 million blogs worldwide </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Do People Blog ? <ul><li>To Express Themselves Creatively </li></ul><ul><li>To Document Their Personal Experiences and Share Them with Others </li></ul><ul><li>To Stay in Touch with Friends and Family </li></ul><ul><li>To Share Practical Knowledge or Skills with Others </li></ul><ul><li>To Motivate People to Action </li></ul><ul><li>To Entertain People </li></ul><ul><li>To Store Information that is Important to Them </li></ul><ul><li>To Influence the Way Other People Think </li></ul><ul><li>To Network or to Meet New People </li></ul><ul><li>To Make Money </li></ul>
  6. 6. Highlights in the History of Blogging <ul><li>1998 —the term “weblog” is coined </li></ul><ul><li>1999 —the websites Blogger and Pitas began to offer simpler way to create blogs </li></ul><ul><li>2001 —September 11, 2001 helps bring blogging to the public consciousness </li></ul><ul><li>2003 —U.S. Invasion of Iraq creates flurry of blogging debate </li></ul><ul><li>2004 —U.S. presidential election shows blogging to be important aspect of American political life </li></ul><ul><li>2004 —Merriam-Webster picks “blog” as word of the year </li></ul>
  7. 7. Types of Blogs <ul><li>Personal Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>News Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Political Campaign Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Tech Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Business Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Topical Blogs </li></ul>
  8. 8. Components of a Blog
  9. 9. How to Find Blogs <ul><li>Blog Award Websites </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bloggies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://2007.bloggies.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Weblog Awards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.weblogawards.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Webby Awards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.webbyawards.com </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. How to Find Blogs (continued) <ul><li>Blog Review Websites </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Weblog Review </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.theweblogreview.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bloggeries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.bloggeries.com/blog </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Blog Search Engines <ul><li>Technorati </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.technorati.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Google Blog Search </li></ul><ul><li>http://blogsearch.google.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Blog Pulse </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.blogpulse.com/ </li></ul>
  12. 12. Major Blog Hosts on the Web <ul><li>Blogger https://www.blogger.com/start </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Owned and operated by Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FREE!!!!!!! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TypePad http://www.typepad.com/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Charges Monthly Fee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic, Plus, and Pro plan levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More design options </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Major Blog Hosts on the Web (continued) <ul><li>Live Journal http://www.livejournal.com/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly and Annual fee plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides email accounts, personalized domain name, and advanced template customization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced password protection </li></ul></ul>
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