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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
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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)
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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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  • 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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