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Blogs for family historians

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A talk given by Carole Riley at the Society of Australian Genealogists in 17 April 2010 about how useful blogs can be for family historians and how to start one.

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Blogs for family historians

  1. 1. Blogs for Family Historians<br />Carole Riley <br />Society of Australian Genealogists<br />17 April 2010<br />
  2. 2. Blogs for Family Historians<br />What is a blog<br />Some good blogs<br />How to find blogs<br />How to keep up to date<br />Why write a blog?<br />How to create your own blog<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />2<br />
  3. 3. What is a blog?<br />A blog (a contraction of the term "web log") is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. <br />"Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.<br />- Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog) <br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />3<br />
  4. 4. Advantages of blogs<br />Communicate with others with the same interests<br />Short and immediate<br />Interaction from readers through comments<br />Can cover a wide range of topics in one blog<br />Can start one immediately<br />No need for hosting or domain names<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Types of blogs<br />Personal blogs <br />Diary or journal<br />Share ideas, discoveries…<br />Corporate or organisational blogs<br />Companies such as Ancestry<br />Organisations such as the National Library of Australia<br />News, information, new developments…<br />- Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog) <br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Personal Blogs<br />Travel diary<br />Stay in touch with friends and family<br />Share news, photos, family history discoveries<br />Access can be restricted - you may have to be invited or request access<br />People like to share what they know!<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />6<br />
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  18. 18. Commercial and Organisational Blogs<br />Trying to get you involved or sell you something<br />Information on products, services, etc<br />May give educational information, case studies, tips and tricks<br />Many organisations have one, or will soon<br />Google search<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />18<br />
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  27. 27. Educational Blogs<br />May have premium subscription content<br />Often sponsored by commercial company<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />27<br />
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  31. 31. How to Find Blogs<br />Lists of blogs<br />Genealogy Blog Finder<br />Geneabloggers<br />Libraries Interact<br />Cyndi’s List<br />Search for blogs<br />Google Blogs<br />Blogger - followers<br />Bookmarking sites<br />Delicious<br />Technorati<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />Don’t forget general search engines such as Google<br />31<br />
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  41. 41. How to keep up to date<br />A blog reader collects all the new posts from your favourite blogs in one place<br />Blog Readers – Web-based<br />Google Reader<br />Bloglines<br />Blog Readers – Desktop<br />FeedReader<br />Outlook 2007<br />Some blogs publish via email, eg Dick Eastman’s<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />41<br />
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  43. 43. How blog readers work<br />Website create ‘feed’ when new content published<br />Program that can pick up these feeds and display them<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />43<br />
  44. 44. How blog readers work<br />Website creates ‘feed’ when new content published<br />Program that can pick up these feeds and display them<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />44<br />
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  47. 47. Create Your Own Blog<br />Why write a blog?<br />Share information and stories<br />Describe victories<br />Find new family members<br />Get family interested in the stories, especially younger members<br />Practice writing skills<br />Small-scale publishing – write that book one small piece at a time<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />47<br />
  48. 48. Why write a blog?<br />You can organise your thoughts in one place<br />You can develop your writing skills<br />You can get your voice heard<br />You can meet new people<br />You can get feedback on your ideas<br />You can teach others<br />You can open doorways<br />You can make better use of your free time<br />You can get into a routine (or not)<br />You can find it to be very therapeutic<br />Source: http://www.toptenblogtips.com/10-reasons-why-blogging-is-great<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />48<br />
  49. 49. Create Your Own Blog<br />How to start<br />Find a host<br />Create an account<br />Name your blog<br />Set security<br />Write something about yourself in the profile<br />Select template<br />Start writing!<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />49<br />
  50. 50. Find a host<br />Free hosting<br />Blogger – owned by Google<br />Wordpress<br />Tumblr<br />Posterous<br />there are many others<br />Use your own domain name if you have one<br />eg. caroleriley.id.au<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />50<br />
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  56. 56. Security<br />You decide<br />What you publish<br />Which other writers are allowed<br />Who can read it<br />Whether comments are allowed<br />Whether comments must be approved<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />56<br />
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  59. 59. Privacy<br />A blog is published on the internet<br />Don’t write about living people without permission, even if access is restricted<br />Don’t include birthdates of living people<br />Don’t use copyrighted text or images without permission and acknowledgement<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />59<br />
  60. 60. Blogging Tips<br />Create categories for different topics, families, etc<br />No need to be formal, or too long<br />Don’t write anything you wouldn’t want your mother or next-door-neighbour to read<br />Allow comments without ‘signup’, but moderate them before they are published<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />60<br />
  61. 61. Advanced blogging<br />Change the design<br />Add pictures or video to your posts<br />Add static pages <br />Create multiple blogs<br />Automatically post to your Facebook or Twitter account<br />Use your own domain name<br />...the possibilities are endless!<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />61<br />
  62. 62. Now go out and do it!<br />Flickr Photo courtesy of anyjazz65<br />© Carole Riley 2010<br />62<br />

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