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  • 1. Module 1: Reading and Commenting on Blogs Beth Kanter, Beth’s Blog
  • 2. Beth Kanter, Presenter Photo by Steve Goodman
  • 3. The Big Picture Frame • Presentation • Follow up Assignment • Reflection Questions • 5 Sessions • Web Resource Page
  • 4. Session 2: How To Use Blogging Platform Session 3: The Art of Blog Writing Session 4: Blogging: Building your blogsphere radar Session 5: Incorporating Bookmarks, Photos, and Videos
  • 5. Learning Objectives • Why reading/commenting important • How to use RSS Reader • How to find blogs to read • How to comment thoughtfully on blogs
  • 6. Blogs are Social Media
  • 7. The Trust Factor
  • 8. Blogging is more than the act of writing
  • 9. Blogging is not a monologue
  • 10. It’s a dialogue!
  • 11. Transparency
  • 12. Source: Alan Levine – CogDog Blog
  • 13. Defining Your Beat List your top three topics in your beat For each one, get more specific and list three top sub-topics in that beat Extra credit: If you are already reading blogs, include three blogs that you enjoy reading about your topic and why.
  • 14. Starter Pack
  • 15. Blogs will flow through your beat ..
  • 16. Reading Blogs
  • 17. There are two ways to consume information on the web
  • 18. RSS Reader
  • 19. • How to set up bloglines • How to add the subscribe bookmarklet to their browser • How to subscribe to a blog • How to organize and reorganize folders
  • 20. 1. Sign Up
  • 21. 2. Subscribe Tool On Browser
  • 22. 3. Add Blog Subscriptions to Your Reader
  • 23. 4. Organize Feeds
  • 24. Live Demonstration •Starter pack of feeds •Adding and organizing
  • 25. Reflection Question: What is the best way to organize your feeds for reading?
  • 26. Good RSS Habits • Set up aside a small block of time to read your feeds everyday • Clean house often, RSS subscriptions tend to pile up • Don't feel like you have to read every post on every blog, use the quot;Mark Readquot; option
  • 27. How To Find More Blogs
  • 28. Do this first … •Check out the blogrolls of blogs you are reading •Follow the links to other blogs from the blogs you are reading and add them to your reader •Follow the links to other blogs from people who comment on the blogs you are reading
  • 29. And add the good ones to your reader ..
  • 30. • Who's the author? • Is the blog updated often? • How long have they been blogging? • How many community affiliations? (Flickr, widgets, blogrools, badges, etc) • Are there lots of comments? • Is the writing good? Accurate? Authentic? • Is there content that you might incorporate into a blog post? • If you decide to add it to your reader, check the side bar (or blog roll) for other similar blogs
  • 31. Two excellent places to search … Technorati Google Blog Search
  • 32. Before you start searching Keyword Why? What do you want to know? RSS Reader Improve organization of How can I be efficient feeds reading blogs? How to organize my feeds? Create a spreadsheet or open a word document so you can take notes
  • 33. How is this different Google Search? •Fewer Results •Easily filter results to see what people are saying within last hour •You can subscribe via RSS
  • 34. Commenting on Blogs
  • 35. It’s a conversation, not a monologue
  • 36. • Commenting is the life blood of blogging and key to building a community • They’re a way to get more minds into the story. • They’re a way to annotate someone’s thoughts such that the ideas can take on another dimension.
  • 37. Read someone's blog post and start a conversation: Before you leave a comment, ask yourself: •What did they say well? •What did they miss? •Answer questions •What are other people saying •How does it apply to you •Look forward •Look backward •Ask what if?
  • 38. ASSIGNMENT FOR NEXT TIME 1. Set up a RSS reader if you don’t already use one 2. Add at least 5 blogs to your reader using the starter pack 3. Think about a strategy for organizing, adding, and pruning 4. Add at least 5 blogs by referral 5. Add at least 5 blogs by searching on Technorati or Google Blog Search 6. Add one or more Google Blog Searches to your feeds