Introduction Why me? How many have a personal blog? Library blog? How many are signed up for both workshops?
What is a Blog? What do we mean?
Defining a blog is a lot like defining a &#x201C;book&#x201D;. Size isn&#x2019;t relevant. Neither is content, or material, or binding, or nearly anything else. Definitions are hard. For a blog, nearly all of the above can change completely, and we&#x2019;d still call it a blog.
So here&#x2019;s the biggest definitional problem with talking about the future of blogs: what are we talking about? You can have the Form of a blog, without running a piece of blogging software. As well, you can use blog software for things that are not blogs. The form and the code are different things, even though we refer to them similarly.
I am more interested in the form than the code. However, interesting things are going on with the code...various groups have harnessed Wordpress, for instance, to do everything from run their entire website (using WP as a generic CMS) to madmen like Casey Bisson who used Wordpress as an OPAC via his Scriblio product. Because it is Open Source, WP is used for MANY things that it wasn&#x2019;t necessarily &#x201C;designed&#x201D; for. Closed systems don&#x2019;t have this &#x201C;problem&#x201D;.
I tend to be more interested in Form than Code, unless Code is giving me fun new toys to play with.
Ease of use Organized, searchable flexible What sort of problems do YOU have?
Decide on your tone, your voice, your need, and your audience before you start. Then change everything if you need.
getting blogging with the basics
PHOTO BY LADY MADONNA - HTTP://FLIC.KR/P/DZKNR
A blog is a Web page (usually) written in a programming
language where the content of the site is stored in a
metadata-rich format, and the presentation of the
content is (usually) in a reverse chronological format.
Each piece of content is (usually) the product of a single
author, and the content is updated regularly. The page in
question (usually) has some form of social component,
whether through comments, trackback, or other
mechanism of communicating content or feedback.
Other: Perpetual Beta
Head of Library Information Technology
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga