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Blogs for family historians
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A talk given by Carole Riley at the Society of Australian Genealogists in 17 April 2010 about how useful blogs can be for family historians and how to start one.

A talk given by Carole Riley at the Society of Australian Genealogists in 17 April 2010 about how useful blogs can be for family historians and how to start one.

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  • a way of communicating with people with the same interests you write a story, people can read it and comment on it, or ask for more information can be searched long afterwards on Google
  • Demo – Google Reader
  • Demo – create a blogUse Firefox, logged out of GoogleCreate Google accountName blogSelect templateUpdate settingsBasicCommentsPermissionsCreate postPublish postDashboard
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    • 1. Blogs for Family Historians
      Carole Riley
      Society of Australian Genealogists
      17 April 2010
    • 2. Blogs for Family Historians
      What is a blog
      Some good blogs
      How to find blogs
      How to keep up to date
      Why write a blog?
      How to create your own blog
      © Carole Riley 2010
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    • 3. What is a blog?
      A blog (a contraction of the term "web log") is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.
      "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
      - Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog)
      © Carole Riley 2010
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    • 4. Advantages of blogs
      Communicate with others with the same interests
      Short and immediate
      Interaction from readers through comments
      Can cover a wide range of topics in one blog
      Can start one immediately
      No need for hosting or domain names
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    • 5. Types of blogs
      Personal blogs
      Diary or journal
      Share ideas, discoveries…
      Corporate or organisational blogs
      Companies such as Ancestry
      Organisations such as the National Library of Australia
      News, information, new developments…
      - Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog)
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    • 6. Personal Blogs
      Travel diary
      Stay in touch with friends and family
      Share news, photos, family history discoveries
      Access can be restricted - you may have to be invited or request access
      People like to share what they know!
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    • 18. Commercial and Organisational Blogs
      Trying to get you involved or sell you something
      Information on products, services, etc
      May give educational information, case studies, tips and tricks
      Many organisations have one, or will soon
      Google search
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    • 27. Educational Blogs
      May have premium subscription content
      Often sponsored by commercial company
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    • 31. How to Find Blogs
      Lists of blogs
      Genealogy Blog Finder
      Geneabloggers
      Libraries Interact
      Cyndi’s List
      Search for blogs
      Google Blogs
      Blogger - followers
      Bookmarking sites
      Delicious
      Technorati
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      Don’t forget general search engines such as Google
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    • 41. How to keep up to date
      A blog reader collects all the new posts from your favourite blogs in one place
      Blog Readers – Web-based
      Google Reader
      Bloglines
      Blog Readers – Desktop
      FeedReader
      Outlook 2007
      Some blogs publish via email, eg Dick Eastman’s
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    • 43. How blog readers work
      Website create ‘feed’ when new content published
      Program that can pick up these feeds and display them
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    • 44. How blog readers work
      Website creates ‘feed’ when new content published
      Program that can pick up these feeds and display them
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    • 46. Afternoon Tea
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    • 47. Create Your Own Blog
      Why write a blog?
      Share information and stories
      Describe victories
      Find new family members
      Get family interested in the stories, especially younger members
      Practice writing skills
      Small-scale publishing – write that book one small piece at a time
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    • 48. Why write a blog?
      You can organise your thoughts in one place
      You can develop your writing skills
      You can get your voice heard
      You can meet new people
      You can get feedback on your ideas
      You can teach others
      You can open doorways
      You can make better use of your free time
      You can get into a routine (or not)
      You can find it to be very therapeutic
      Source: http://www.toptenblogtips.com/10-reasons-why-blogging-is-great
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    • 49. Create Your Own Blog
      How to start
      Find a host
      Create an account
      Name your blog
      Set security
      Write something about yourself in the profile
      Select template
      Start writing!
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    • 50. Find a host
      Free hosting
      Blogger – owned by Google
      Wordpress
      Tumblr
      Posterous
      there are many others
      Use your own domain name if you have one
      eg. caroleriley.id.au
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    • 56. Security
      You decide
      What you publish
      Which other writers are allowed
      Who can read it
      Whether comments are allowed
      Whether comments must be approved
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    • 59. Privacy
      A blog is published on the internet
      Don’t write about living people without permission, even if access is restricted
      Don’t include birthdates of living people
      Don’t use copyrighted text or images without permission and acknowledgement
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    • 60. Blogging Tips
      Create categories for different topics, families, etc
      No need to be formal, or too long
      Don’t write anything you wouldn’t want your mother or next-door-neighbour to read
      Allow comments without ‘signup’, but moderate them before they are published
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    • 61. Advanced blogging
      Change the design
      Add pictures or video to your posts
      Add static pages
      Create multiple blogs
      Automatically post to your Facebook or Twitter account
      Use your own domain name
      ...the possibilities are endless!
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    • 62. Now go out and do it!
      Flickr Photo courtesy of anyjazz65
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