Journey To The Center Of The Blogosphere!

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Journey To The Center Of The Blogosphere!

  1. 1. Journey to the Center of the Blogosphere!
  2. 2. What IS a BLOG? <ul><li>web + log = blog </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia says: </li></ul><ul><li>A website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Unitarian Universalist Blogs <ul><li>What kinds of blogs are out there on the way to the center of the UU Blogosphere? </li></ul><ul><li>Community Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Informational Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Commentary </li></ul>
  4. 4. Community Blogs <ul><li>Congregational Blogs, share information, speed communication, focus on a specific ministry within a congregation (RE, Social Justice, etc…) </li></ul><ul><li>Topical Blogs, focused on a shared ministry, interest, or cause; multiple people posting </li></ul>
  5. 5. Informational Blogs <ul><li>Current Topics in the UU Movement </li></ul><ul><li>Focused, specific information </li></ul><ul><li>Identity Based Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Affinity Groups </li></ul>
  6. 6. Personal Commentary <ul><li>Ministers/Seminarians/Religious Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>District and Congregational Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Regular folks from the pews </li></ul>
  7. 7. Categories <ul><li>Philocrites http://www.philocrites.com/archives/003616.html </li></ul><ul><li>UUpdates http://uupdates.net/index.php?main=sites&step=cat </li></ul><ul><li>Discover UU </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.discoveruu.com/index.php </li></ul>
  8. 8. Aggregators-follow many blogs <ul><li>UU World Interdependent Web </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.uuworld.org /blogs/web/ </li></ul><ul><li>UUpdates http://uupdates.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>Discover UU http://www.discoveruu.com/index.php </li></ul><ul><li>UU Planet TV http://www.uuplanet.tv/ </li></ul>
  9. 9. Automated Readers/RSS Feeds <ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo “Do Follow Blogs” </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds directly from blog </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger “follow” option </li></ul>
  10. 10. Kit’s Story <ul><li>Ms. Kitty’s Saloon and Road Show </li></ul>
  11. 11. Kari’s Story <ul><li>chalice spark </li></ul><ul><li>Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation Religious Education </li></ul>
  12. 12. Best Practices for Blogging <ul><li>UUA Website report by Shelby Meyerhoff </li></ul><ul><li>UUA Leaders Library on Blogging </li></ul>
  13. 13. Hosting <ul><li>Blogger—connected to google </li></ul><ul><li>Word Press </li></ul><ul><li>Live Journal </li></ul><ul><li>UUA Leader’s Library Resource including a video on setting up a blog </li></ul>
  14. 14. Hands-on creation of a blog <ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Choose template </li></ul><ul><li>Topic </li></ul><ul><li>Youtube, embed </li></ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul><ul><li>Publish! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Promote <ul><li>UUpdates </li></ul><ul><li>Discover UU </li></ul><ul><li>Philocrites </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook blog network </li></ul>
  16. 16. Ready to Launch! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>

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