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The blogging session from the Digital researcher event by Matthew Shaw

(15 March 2010)

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  1. 1. Blogging Matthew Shaw, BL
  2. 2. Definition <ul><li>Computing . </li></ul><ul><li>     intr. To write or maintain a weblog. Also: to read or browse through weblogs, esp. habitually. </li></ul><ul><li>1999 TBTF for 1999-08-30: Aibo Rampant in cistron.lists (Usenet newsgroup) 30 Aug., Blog run a Web log. 2000 Whole Earth Winter 54/1 To blog is to be part of a community of smart, tech-savvy people who want to be on the forefront of a new literary undertaking. 2001 Washington Post (Electronic ed.) 17 May, Journalist Jim Romenesko's clearinghouse for media gossip..showed how a personal blog could go pro when the Poynter Institute hired blog full time. </li></ul><ul><li>(OED DRAFT ENTRY Mar. 2003) </li></ul>
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  4. 4. Genre?
  5. 5. Why Blog? <ul><li>Research journal </li></ul><ul><li>Writing routine </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a network and reputation (risks?) </li></ul><ul><li>An online hub (e.g., links to articles, cv, twitter, personal pages, etc.) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Write Ecto (OSX)
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  12. 12. Types of Blog
  13. 13. Types of (Academic) Blog
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  18. 18. Good Blogging Practice <ul><li>Periodicity </li></ul><ul><li>Personality (and avoid anonymity) </li></ul><ul><li>Perspective (how serious, length, how focussed) </li></ul><ul><li>Some ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Lists </li></ul><ul><li>Reviews – other blogs, journals, conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Glosses of earlier blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Themes (use tags to organise) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Practical Points and Potential Pitfalls <ul><li>Alliteration (Avoid?) </li></ul><ul><li>Plagiarism, Copyright and Creative Commons </li></ul><ul><li>Libel </li></ul><ul><li>Headings – think Google, not the Sun </li></ul><ul><li>Get to the point, or have a great hook </li></ul><ul><li>Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Effective use of links </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>Archiving and Privacy </li></ul>