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An introduction to blogs for the L plate series at VALA 2008

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  • Blog Basics
    • Peta Hopkins
    • Information Systems Librarian
    • Bond University
    • L plates Series – VALA - 4 th Feb 2008
  • Program Guide
    • Blog’s Anatomy
      • In this episode we will dissect blogs to investigate their make up
    • Blog Gear
      • A high octane extravaganza of performance cars, celebrities and comedy. Make that performance blog engines, a celebrity and some mild amusement
    • Wide World of Blogs
      • Find out where you can become a news publisher with global audience
    • The Librarians (who blog)
      • Gathering ideas
  • Blog's Anatomy
    • What to expect:
      • Database of Posts
      • Permalinks
      • Comments
      • Date & Time stamps
      • Feeds
      • Archives
      • Tags/Labels
      • Optional extras:
      • Sidebars
        • Blogrolls
        • Categories
        • Calendars
        • Widgets
        • Search boxes
    Human head anatomy with external and internal carotid arteries by Patrick J Lynch, reproduced under a creative commons licence.
  • http://connectinglibrarian.com Connecting Librarian is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia License. Connecting Librarian is by Michelle McLean Sidebar Post or Entry
  • http://connectinglibrarian.com Connecting Librarian is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia License. Connecting Librarian is by Michelle McLean Date (on this blog the time is not displayed) ‏ Tags or categories – link to posts with the same tag or category Post title & permalink – link to this post Comments – link to display the comments that readers have left about this post Blog Post
  • http://connectinglibrarian.com Connecting Librarian is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia License. Connecting Librarian is by Michelle McLean Sidebar Posts are also published in RSS format for subscription with a feed reader or for syndication
  • Feeds
    • Content is published in XML (extensible markup language) in RSS format which can be used by other applications such as news readers or aggregators eg. Bloglines & Google Reader
    <?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;utf-8&quot;?> <rss version=&quot;2.0&quot;> <channel> <title> Connecting Librarian </title>  <description> Connecting new ideas and technologies with library service </description>  <link> http://connectinglibrarian.com/ </link>  <item>  <title> Librarian 2.0 not library 2.0 </title>  <description> I have finally caught up on all my reading, amongst which was a very thought provoking post by John Blyberg entitled “Library 2.0 Debased“, which in turn was inspired by Kate ..... MORE TEXT </description>  <link> http://connectinglibrarian.com/2008/01/30/librarian-20-not-library-20/ </link>  </item> MORE ITEMS GO IN HERE  </channel> </rss>
  • Widgets
    • Snippets of code for adding small useful features to web pages, or desktops
    In Context at inn0vate Getting a widget from librarything <script language=&quot;JavaScript&quot; src=&quot;http://www.rsscalendar.com/rss/publish.asp?t=m&k=5b8ac1bf8013b0204a2c0e1988aafe75&fw=200&ff=10&fs=11&fc=000000&tb=EEEEEE&eb=FFFFFF&quot;></script>
  • Tags – Labels - Categories
    • Labels and tags are the same thing. Google just uses the term 'labels' instead of 'tags' in its suite of products
    • Use as many labels/tags as you like
    • Categories are a WordPress feature. Each category can have it's own feed. Typically you would have many less categories than tags.
    Example of Blog with categories and tags - Blogadoodledoo
  • Blog Gear
    • What to use
    Cog Pic_Small by Balakov. Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence http://www.flickr.com/photos/balakov/309709612/
  • WordPress
    • Open Source - strong community of developers
    • Plugins for versatility
    • Wysiwyg editor
    • Supports static pages
    • Variety of themes/templates
    • Widgetised for easy control of layout
    • Supports group blogs
    • Time stamp can be used to control publication date and time
    • If you host your own you have complete control over the theme
  •  
  • Blogger
    • Google service
    • Choice of themes/templates
    • Ability to modify template
    • Wysiwyg editor
    • Widgetised for easy layout control
    • Supports tags
  •  
  • Windows Live Writer
    • Desktop application
    • Publishes to a variety of blog platforms
    • Work offline
    • Access from browser toolbar
    • Uses blog template
  • celebrity + amusement + blog
    • http://www.stephenfry.com
    Stephen Fry & Me by StormCab -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/stormcab/387897666/ Used under a CC licence - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en
  • Wide World of Blogs
    • Where to get started
    • Blogger (Blogspot) - http://www.blogger.com
      • if you already have a Google account this is a good option as it has single sign-on
    • Wordpress.com - http://wordpress.com
    • Edublogs - http://edublogs.org
      • uses WordPress platform
      • site caters only for education-related blogs
    • Blogsavvy - http://blogsavvy.com
      • uses WordPress platform
    • LiveJournal - http://www.livejournal.com
    • Vox - http://www.vox.com
      • Uses Movable Type platform
    Cricket triptych by Prescott, reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence
  • Not quite ready?
    • Blogging is not compulsory
    • Libraries Interact – contribute posts without having to manage your own blog.
    • http://librariesinteract.info – any topics of interest to the Australian Library and Information Science sector
  • The Librarians (who blog) ‏
    • Blogging Libraries Wiki – Lists of library blog
      • http://www.blogwithoutalibrary.net
    • She Said/He Said – Library Directors
      • http://lions-online-shesaidhesaid.blogspot.com
    • The L files – University Library
      • http://bulibrary.blogspot.com
    • Mosman Library Weblog – Public Library
      • http://refdesk.mosmanlibraryblogs.com/
    • Environmental news bits – Special library
      • http://lib.wmrc.uiuc.edu/enb
    View examples via TrailFire
  • Give me the links
    • All links are posted on my blog at
    • http://inn0vate.blogspot.com/2008/02/links-for-blog-basics-l-plates-series.html
    • (that’s a zero not an uppercase o in inn0vate)
    Thank you