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An Introduction To Blogging

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This is part of a session on the use of social networking tools that I will give at the BCCE conference in Texas (http://www.bcce2010.org). It is in regards to setting up a blog on Google's Blogger and my own experiences of blogging

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An Introduction To Blogging

  1. 1. Be a Blogger – A Guide to How and Why Antony Williams
  2. 2. The Benefits of Blogging <ul><li>Blogs allow passions, opinions, critiques, data and other “stuff” to be shared with the public </li></ul><ul><li>Visible to your community – if you do work to connect with your community </li></ul><ul><li>They can move you into a network of “knowns and unknowns”- make you “searchable and indexed” </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs are a low cost way to “do good” as well as “cause harm” – anyone can blog </li></ul><ul><li>Is time-consuming, can be challenging but more pluses than minuses </li></ul>
  3. 3. Google Blogger: https://www.blogger.com/start
  4. 4. Four Quadrants Poetry
  5. 5. Choose a Look and Feel
  6. 6. Set Up Your Blog and GO
  7. 7. It’s a simple editor…
  8. 8. Tell Your Story…Why RU Blogging?
  9. 9. And Away You Go…. <ul><li>Basic HTML Editing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fonts, Bold, Italic, Underline, …. “Formatting” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links, Embed Movies, Photos, Presentations </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Embedding Images - Easy
  11. 12. Welcome to the Blogosphere… <ul><li>Personal preferences… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I moderate comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For some blog posts I use the web 2.0 network </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. About Me and ChemSpider
  13. 14. How Was ChemSpider Built? <ul><li>ChemSpider was a “hobby project” </li></ul><ul><li>Housed in a basement </li></ul>
  14. 15. That growth curve… <ul><li>Very difficult to say why we saw growth: new resource, diverse data, focus on quality, all-inclusive approach to chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>And the spike? </li></ul>
  15. 16. The Monkeys at ChemZoo <ul><li>http://wwmm.ch.cam.ac.uk/blogs/murrayrust/?p=261 </li></ul>
  16. 17. Blogs Can Educate Us All… <ul><li>What is logP versus logD? </li></ul><ul><li>Calcium carbonate IS soluble </li></ul>
  17. 18. Partially Soluble isn’t Insoluble <ul><li>When experts say it’s ok: http://www.chemspider.com/blog/calcium-carbonate-logp-predictions-and-chris-lipinski.html </li></ul>
  18. 19. … and so into the Blogosphere
  19. 20. Network Yourself
  20. 21. Engage the community
  21. 22. Run Multiple Blogs…
  22. 23. Blogging <ul><li>After 6 months of blogging…. </li></ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/plrrcj </li></ul>
  23. 24. Thank you [email_address] Twitter: ChemSpiderman www.chemspider.com/blog SLIDES: www.slideshare.net/AntonyWilliams

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