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Jane Austen Blogs

  1. 1. BLOG JA: Exploring Jane Austen blogs and how to make the most of them with RSS
  2. 2. What are blogs? <ul><li>‘ Weblogs’ or ‘blogs’ are publicly available web pages, with personal views and links expressing news, opinions and observations, usually on a specific topic or theme. http://www.laredogroup.com/glossresourc.asp </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are blogs? <ul><li>Updates are published regularly and appear in the form of “posts”. </li></ul><ul><li>Each post is an individual news story, similar to an article in a journal </li></ul><ul><li>Older posts are archived in reverse chronological order, and appear as “archives” in a side panel on the blog </li></ul>
  4. 4. MANY topics … <ul><li>Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Sport </li></ul><ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Professional – for many professions </li></ul><ul><li>If you have an interest, there is probably a blog…. </li></ul>
  5. 5. New Post New Post Archives
  6. 6. Other typical features of blogs <ul><li>Blurb about the author </li></ul>
  7. 7. Other typical features of blogs <ul><li>Blogroll or ‘links’– to other blogs </li></ul>
  8. 8. Banner Access to other resources Feeds Search Other typical features of blogs
  9. 9. Some great J.A blogs
  10. 10. Some great J.A blogs
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  17. 17. Some great related blogs
  18. 18. Some great related Blogs
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  21. 21. Some great J.A blogs
  22. 22. Texts of Jane’s novels, juvenilia, works of contemporaries…. <ul><li>Biography </li></ul><ul><li>Georgian era </li></ul><ul><li>Regency era </li></ul><ul><li>Victorian era </li></ul><ul><li>Art & Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Much, much more… </li></ul>Links to icons, screen captures from movies, fan sites Professional and amateur podcasts of all the novels, and sources about the novels. <ul><li>English culture </li></ul><ul><li>Crime </li></ul><ul><li>Cookery </li></ul><ul><li>Fashion </li></ul><ul><li>Furnishings </li></ul><ul><li>Much, much more … </li></ul>Resources for high school and undergraduate college students Jane’s novels as they are presented on websites and other blogs A wealth of literary resources about JA and her contemporaries
  23. 24. Why I have not included certain sites…. <ul><li>Pemberley.com and other mega-sites </li></ul><ul><li>JASA </li></ul><ul><li>Jane Austen Centre </li></ul><ul><li>No feeds ….. </li></ul>
  24. 25. To find blogs … <ul><li>Use a Blog Search </li></ul><ul><li>http://blogsearch.google.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>MOSTLY use blogs to find other blogs </li></ul>
  25. 26. <ul><li>Now lets introduce </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul>
  26. 27. <ul><li>The old way: visit many blogs or websites </li></ul><ul><li>every day </li></ul>
  27. 28. <ul><li>The new way: feed all the new posts to your RSS reader </li></ul>
  28. 29. RSS is like reading journals… <ul><li>Lots of them! </li></ul>
  29. 30. What is RSS? <ul><li>RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication </li></ul>
  30. 31. From “Push” to “Pull”
  31. 32. My Google Reader
  32. 33. Google Reader <ul><li>http://www.google.com/reader </li></ul>
  33. 34. Google Reader <ul><li>Sign in with free account </li></ul>
  34. 35. RSS Feed: Subscribing <ul><li>1. Find a blog. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Copy the URL or link. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Go to Google Reader. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Click on Add Subscription. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Paste in the link. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Organize the new feed into your folders or subject structure. </li></ul>
  35. 36. Step 1 (Find a blog)
  36. 37. Step 2 (Copy RSS Link)
  37. 38. Step 3 (Go to Reader)
  38. 39. Step 4 (Add Feed) <ul><li>Click on Add subscription </li></ul><ul><li>This expands to give you space to paste the URL. </li></ul>
  39. 40. Step 5 (Paste Link) <ul><li>Paste the URL in the box, then click ADD. </li></ul>
  40. 41. Step 7 (Sort Feed) Manage subscriptions allow you to group feeds under folders.
  41. 42. Step 6 (Sort Feed) <ul><li>Choose a topic folder or create a new folder. </li></ul><ul><li>TIP: When you view a folder, you see the newest items for the topic all integrated together. </li></ul>
  42. 43. Subscribing <ul><li>Some pages offer buttons you can just click on to add a feed. </li></ul><ul><li>This allows you to skip steps 3-6! </li></ul>
  43. 44. RSS Feed: Subscribing <ul><li>1. Find a feed. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Find RSS button, and click </li></ul><ul><li>3. Select your RSS Reader. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Organize the new feed into your folders or subject structure. </li></ul>
  44. 45. Step 1 (Find Webpage)
  45. 46. Step 2 (RSS button)
  46. 47. Step 3 (Select your RSS Reader)
  47. 48. Step 4 (Organise feed into subject structure) <ul><li>Choose a topic folder or create a new folder. </li></ul>
  48. 49. Credits: Kay Schneider with slides from Britt Watwood, V CU “Using RSS Personally and Professionally” Patricia F. Anderson, U. Mich “RSS Demystified” Perter Bromberg, SJRLC Ashwini, Social Media Evangelist