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Getting  Started With  Blogs

Getting Started With Blogs



Basic overview of blogs and blogging.

Basic overview of blogs and blogging.



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