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  • 1. Blogging ForGenealogistsBy Dick EastmanOctober 6, 2012
  • 2. Today’s slides are available at: Blogging For Genealogists
  • 3. Presentation contents• Origins of blogs• Terms Explained• Comparison to HTML web pages• Examples of genealogy blogs• Software required to read blogs• How to create blogs• The future of blogging Blogging For Genealogists
  • 4. What is a blog?• Blog is an abbreviation for “web log”• 10 Million or more blogs are online today• It is easy to mix practical “how to” terminology with technical terms Blogging For Genealogists
  • 5. Definition of a blog A web log, or simply a blog, is a web application which contains periodic time-stamped entries on a common web page. In its simplest form, a blog is a web page or a series of web pages. Blogging For Genealogists
  • 6. Definition of a blog You can read most blogs in a regular web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or any of the other web browsers. Specialized software can add extra functionality to reading blogs. Blogging For Genealogists
  • 7. Who writes blogs?• Private individuals• Political campaigns• Corporations• Genealogy societies• One-name societies Blogging For Genealogists
  • 8. Terminology• RSS• Atom• XMLDon’t get lost in the alphabet soup! Blogging For Genealogists
  • 9. Why Use A Blog? To publish! Blogging For Genealogists
  • 10. Where Can You Find Genealogy Blogs? In the Genealogy Blog Finder! http://blogfinder.genealogue. com/ Blogging For Genealogists
  • 11. Where Can You Find Genealogy Blogs?In the Genealogy Genealogists Blogging For Blog Finder!
  • 12. Where Can You Find Genealogy Blogs? Cyndi’s Blog List ogs/ Blogging For Genealogists
  • 13. Where Can You Find Genealogy Blogs? Or on the Google Blog Search Blogging For Genealogists
  • 14. Let’s look at a few blogs We will first look at them in a web browser. We will later use a typical RSS newsreader. Blogging For Genealogists
  • 15. This looks like a standard web page Blogging For Genealogists
  • 16. This newsreader looks more like e-mail Blogging For Genealogists
  • 17. Let’s look at a typical newsreader in operation Blogging For Genealogists
  • 18. In summation Creating a blog with today’s software tools is easier than creating HTML web pages. Your readers can read your words in web browsers or in newsreaders. You can “push” data to readers or they can “pull” data from you. You can increase the number of readers by offering more delivery options. Blogging For Genealogists
  • 19. In summation All of this adds up to a “win-win” situation! Blogging For Genealogists
  • 20. Today’s slides are available at: Blogging For Genealogists