Blogging 101 Presented by Eileen Coyle, Chris Smith, Kathryn Paul April 2007
What we will cover ?
What is a blog and why are they so popular?
How are blogs being used at UVic Library?
What are the elements of a blog?
Posting to a library blog
Adding links, images
Keeping track of all those blogs
What is a blog?
Definition : a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.
Useful as a communications and writing tool
What makes blogs special? Can’t all of this be done with websites, newsgroups, and other existing web technologies? Blogs blend features of different web technologies into a new form. What makes blogs unique is that they are inexpensive, easy to create, and dynamic. The big thing is that blogs make creating dynamic websites available to everyone.
How are blogs being used in the Library?
At UVic Libraries
Go to Blog Central ( http://gateway.uvic.ca/intra/blogs.html )
Mostly for internal communication within a group (unit, project etc.)
Some subject librarians have started external blogs to communicate with faculty and departments
Eg History Librarian’s blog - http://gateway.uvic.ca/blogs/history/index.html
How can I start my own personal blog?
experiment with 2 free web-based tools - Blogger ( https://www2.blogger.com/start ) and Wordpress (http://wordpress.com/)
How can I start a blog for my unit/department/group? Use Moveable Type go through Ted
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Elements of a blog 1. Date – reverse order 2. Calendar 3. Title of post 4. Blog entry 5. Posted by 6. Comments 7. Links and login in sidebar 8. Ability to search postings
How do I post to a blog?
Login in to BlogLearn
Change password [optional]
Select new entry
Exercise: Write a new entry relating to a recent book that you have read
Title of posting
Select category (optional)
Write posting under Entry body
Change status from Draft to Publish
Choose View site to confirm
1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 How do I post to BlogLearn?
View recent posts
Comment about a post - Blog authors love it when people take the time to comment and start a dialogue
Comment on a recent posting in BlogLearn that interests you.
Link outside your blog
In your post, use the following html code <a href=“http://...”>[your title]</a> to create a link outside the blog.
Make a new entry in BlogLearn and within that entry create a link to the title of your book that you blogged about in your previous posting.
1. Go to OpenWorldcat ( http://www.worldcat.org/ )
2. Enter the title of the book that you posted (eg Memoirs of a Geisha)
3. Copy the url of the entry (ctrl C)
4. Create a new entry on BlogLearn
5. Example of blog posting
I really liked <a href=“http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37689141&referer=brief_results”>Memoirs of a Geisha</a>.
6. Check that the link works.
Adding an image to a post
Adding images makes the blog more interesting and visually appealing
Find an image of a book on Google images and post it to BlogLearn.
Go to Google images (http://images.google.com/)
Search for an image of a book.
Choose “Save image as” from the file menu of your browser.
Name the file – eg book.jpg and save to your desktop.
6. Go to BlogLearn and select new entry
Choose Upload file on the left menu bar.
Choose Browse to locate the file on your desktop.
Select from your desktop and open and the upload.
Choose embedded image.
Publish and save and view site.
Blogs are mainstream …
Finding other blogs of interest
Search Google blogs http://blogsearch.google.com/
Practice practice practice and post, post, post
What will be covered in Blogs : Beyond the Basics (April 25th & 26th)