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  • Introduction
    Why me?
    How many have a personal blog? Library blog?
    How many are signed up for both workshops?
  • What is a Blog? What do we mean?
  • Defining a blog is a lot like defining a “book”. Size isn’t relevant. Neither is content, or material, or binding, or nearly anything else. Definitions are hard. For a blog, nearly all of the above can change completely, and we’d still call it a blog.
  • So here’s the biggest definitional problem with talking about the future of blogs: what are we talking about? You can have the Form of a blog, without running a piece of blogging software. As well, you can use blog software for things that are not blogs. The form and the code are different things, even though we refer to them similarly.

    I am more interested in the form than the code. However, interesting things are going on with the code...various groups have harnessed Wordpress, for instance, to do everything from run their entire website (using WP as a generic CMS) to madmen like Casey Bisson who used Wordpress as an OPAC via his Scriblio product. Because it is Open Source, WP is used for MANY things that it wasn’t necessarily “designed” for. Closed systems don’t have this “problem”.

    I tend to be more interested in Form than Code, unless Code is giving me fun new toys to play with.

  • Ease of use
    Organized, searchable
    flexible
    What sort of problems do YOU have?
  • Decide on your tone, your voice, your need, and your audience before you start. Then change everything if you need.

























































  • Blogging basics

    1. 1. blogging getting blogging with the basics
    2. 2. BASICS PHOTO BY LADY MADONNA - HTTP://FLIC.KR/P/DZKNR
    3. 3. A blog is a Web page (usually) written in a programming language where the content of the site is stored in a metadata-rich format, and the presentation of the content is (usually) in a reverse chronological format. Each piece of content is (usually) the product of a single author, and the content is updated regularly. The page in question (usually) has some form of social component, whether through comments, trackback, or other mechanism of communicating content or feedback.
    4. 4. FORM VS CODE
    5. 5. MICROBLOGGING AKA THE TWITTER EFFECT
    6. 6. SOLVE A PROBLEM PHOTO BY TAROP - HTTP://FLIC.KR/P/FPWDC
    7. 7. FIRST HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY PHOTO BY MEXICANWAVE - HTTP://FLIC.KR/P/4EW9KA
    8. 8. blogs are for....
    9. 9. blogs are for.... easy updates time sensitive information multiple authors easy reuse of content (rss) mediacasting whatever you need
    10. 10. who does it well
    11. 11. who does it well Skokie Public Topeka University Laboratory High School Blogging Libraries Wiki
    12. 12. hosted vs local
    13. 13. local
    14. 14. software
    15. 15. Drupal (PHP) LifeType (PHP) Nucleus CMS (PHP) software Apache Roller (Java-based) DotNetNuke (VB.NET/ASP.NET) Joomla! (PHP) Frog CMS (PHP) Habari (PHP) Livejournal (Perl) Movable Type (Perl) Slash (Perl) Sandbox (PHP) PivotX (PHP) Dotclear (PHP) blosxom (Perl) Serendipity (PHP) Elgg (PHP) Subtext (C#/ASP.NET) Jaws (PHP) Pebble (Java-based) Textpattern (PHP/MySQL) WordPress (PHP) Thingamablog (Static web page) b2evolution (PHP/MySQL) Typo (Ruby on Rails)
    16. 16. drupal
    17. 17. drupal full cms multiple blogs flexible do anything
    18. 18. wordpress.org
    19. 19. wordpress.org most popular flexible plugins light cms functionality
    20. 20. hosted
    21. 21. blogger
    22. 22. blogger google custom URL lots of control fast & easy
    23. 23. wordpress.com
    24. 24. wordpress.com hosted WP flexible plugins light cms functionality
    25. 25. tumblr
    26. 26. tumblr 2nd easiest setup Pages Great tools Best for Media
    27. 27. posterous
    28. 28. posterous Easiest setup in existence Statistics Branding (image burner) Email Subscriptions
    29. 29. ebublogs
    30. 30. edublogs WPMU Used by hundreds of schools Cost Support
    31. 31. conclusion identify need choose the tool solve the problem serve your patrons
    32. 32. PEOPLE CARE ABOUT STORIES PHOTO BY VASTA - HTTP://FLIC.KR/P/CJBVA
    33. 33. Thank You
    34. 34. Jason Griffey Email: griffey@gmail.com Site: jasongriffey.net gVoice: 423-443-4770 Twitter: @griffey Other: Perpetual Beta TechSource Head of Library Information Technology HTTP://DELICIOUS.COM/GRIFFEY/BLOGGING University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    35. 35. LOOK AT MY BOOKS JUST LOOK AT THEM

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