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An introduction to blogging for archivists, presented at the Sharing Made Simple training course, 5 June 2007

An introduction to blogging for archivists, presented at the Sharing Made Simple training course, 5 June 2007

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Creating and maintaining a blog: the Archives Hub Blog Creating and maintaining a blog: the Archives Hub Blog Presentation Transcript

  • Creating and maintaining a blog - and - the Archives Hub experience Jane Stevenson & Amanda Hill
  • What is a blog?
    • Short for Weblog
    • Diary-type commentary
    • Individual / topic based
    • Personal reflections, news, events, reviews, analysis
    • Typical blog: text, images, comments, archive, links to other related sites, feed
    • Part of Web 2.0 – social, collaborative
  • First thoughts
    • It is easy to set a blog up…
    • but:
    • What is its purpose?
    • What are the advantages of doing it?
    • Will you make regular entries?
    • Over 70 million blogs; large number not used
  • Why create a blog?
    • Raise awareness
    • Build connections
    • Articulate your thoughts
    • Enable feedback (comment)
    • An accessible means of communication that takes very little time to set up
    • Keep in tune with current technologies
  • Why not create a blog
    • Nobody will read it…?
    • Pressure to blog
    • Need to keep up with…everything
    • Danger of indiscretion
    • Other avenues of communication are more effective
    • Better not to have a blog than one you hardly use
  • Blog approaches
    • Formal
      • repository news; organised events; announcements; critique
    • Informal
      • general news; comments; anecdotes; humour; discussion; personal experiences; raise ideas
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  • Setting up a blog
    • Easy to create, edit and publish
    • Use of blog hosting service
    • Keep blog files on own system (FTP)
    • Maintenance usually through browser-based interface
    • Set up: register; choose template; a few settings …that’s about it for a basic blog
    • Proofread, spell check, cite sources, add plenty of links
  • Blogs and RSS
    • RSS/Atom feed for your blog
    • Syndication (process)
    • RSS/Atom (technology)
    • Feed readers display new posts
    • New items automatically discovered and downloaded
    • Many feed readers (Netvibes)
  • Maintaining a blog
    • Group blog
    • (works well with more informal blog)
    • Guest bloggers
    • Blog entries that encourage comments (may increase motivation!)
    • Visit and comment on other blogs
    • Check reactions to your blog (Technorati)
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  • Archives Hub Blog
  • Why?
    • Part of Hub mission is to act as a centre of expertise on electronic cataloguing
    • Pride ourselves on being quick to react to new developments in technology within the service
    • Means we keep an eye on interoperability issues, new reports etc.
    • Mechanism for updating each other and Hub contributors on items of interest
  • How?
    • Set up blog using Blogger in February 2006
    • Very easy to do
    • Blogger offers option of hosting blog on our own website:
      • www.archiveshub.ac.uk/blog/
  • What happened next…
    • Experimental service
    • Announcements about Hub developments
    • Reports on conferences attended, reviews of publications
    • Special features
  • Benefits
    • Helps to build team spirit – a joint effort
    • RSS/Atom feeds of posts come as standard – content can be presented in ways that best suit the users
    • Sometimes get conversations going
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  • More benefits
    • Raises awareness of Archives Hub beyond our usual constituency
    • Starts up new dialogues
    • Makes us more thoughtful about what we’re doing and why
  • Own hosting has some issues
  • Control freakery
    • See who is linking to your blog
    • See how authoritative your blog is
    • Even see how much it’s worth!