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  • Web + Log = Weblog [Blog for short] Type of website Continually updated with new entries/posts Self-archive their entries/posts Blogs tend to: Be organized in reverse chronological order; Allow comments from readers; and Provide commentary Specific subjects Personal thoughts [e.g., online diary] News-related
  • News (via NYT) http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/ Subject (Food) http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/ Subject (Politics) http://www.thedailybeast.com/ Fun (Photo) http://www.cuteoverload.com/ Personal http://firstconclusions.com/ Mercer County Library http://mercercountylibrary.blogspot.com/
  • Settings: Basic (description, etc. ) Publishing (URL, etc. ) Formatting (date, etc. ) Comments (moderation, etc. ) Archiving (frequency, etc. ) Site Feed Email & Mobile OpenID Permissions (who has access, etc. ) Layout Page Elements (add gadgets, etc. Fonts and Colors Edit Template ’ s HTML Pick New Template
  • Basic keys to building a successful blog: Engage with other blogs and your own readers Keep the material fresh and exciting Give people a reason to return It’s okay to say what you think Engage from the beginning Be casual Remember, it’s a conversation. Keep the discussion open Never forget, it’s personal Link or trackback to other blogs whenever possible Read other blogs, and write about what you read Turn-around matters It doesn’t have to be perfect Use syndicating technologies (e.g., RSS) Click your own links Don’t be afraid to promote Keywords, keywords, keywords! (title, links to other posts, tags ) Use eye-catching images Mix up post length and content

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  • Anna Van Scoyoc Hopewell Branch, MCLS [email_address]
    • Define Blogs and Blogging
    • Look at Example Blogs
      • News
      • Subject
      • Fun
      • MCL-Related
    • Locate Blogs of Interest (Tools)
    • Set Up a Blog
    • Review Best Practices & Tips
  • Image: ' Blogging Readiness ‘ www.flickr.com/photos/58428285@N00/267060150
  • Blogs in Plain English created by Common Craft at http://www.commoncraft.com/
  • Image: ' Whistler's Mommy-Blogger ' www.flickr.com/photos/9106303@N05/3961139526
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    • Google Blog Search
      • http://blogsearch.google.com/
    • Technorati
      • http://technorati.com/blogs/directory/
    • Blogrolls
    • Blogger http://www. blogger .com/
      • Google username/password
      • Templates
      • WYSIWIG
      • Gadgets/Widgets available
      • Tutorial at (case sensitive URL): http://bit.ly/pjvY5
    • WordPress http: //wordpress .com/
      • Templates
      • WYSIWIG
      • Statistics
      • More flexibility with polls, images, media
      • Gadgets/Widgets available
      • Tutorial at (case sensitive URL): http://bit.ly/35uZQg
  • Image: ' Free Child Walking on White Round Spheres+Balance+Creative+Commons ' www.flickr.com/photos/40645538@N00/233228813
  • Image: ' fast fingers ' www.flickr. com/photos/22220144@N06/2351656805
  • Image: ' Rosie the Blogger ' www.flickr.com/photos/9106303@N05/2493066577