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Blog Basics - L plate series

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An introduction to blogs for the L plate series at VALA 2008

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Blog Basics - L plate series

  1. 1. Blog Basics <ul><li>Peta Hopkins </li></ul><ul><li>Information Systems Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Bond University </li></ul><ul><li>L plates Series – VALA - 4 th Feb 2008 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Program Guide <ul><li>Blog’s Anatomy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In this episode we will dissect blogs to investigate their make up </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blog Gear </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A high octane extravaganza of performance cars, celebrities and comedy. Make that performance blog engines, a celebrity and some mild amusement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wide World of Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find out where you can become a news publisher with global audience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Librarians (who blog) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gathering ideas </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Blog's Anatomy <ul><li>What to expect: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Database of Posts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permalinks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date & Time stamps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tags/Labels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optional extras: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sidebars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogrolls </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Categories </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Calendars </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Widgets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search boxes </li></ul></ul></ul>Human head anatomy with external and internal carotid arteries by Patrick J Lynch, reproduced under a creative commons licence.
  4. 4. http://connectinglibrarian.com Connecting Librarian is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia License. Connecting Librarian is by Michelle McLean Sidebar Post or Entry
  5. 5. http://connectinglibrarian.com Connecting Librarian is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia License. Connecting Librarian is by Michelle McLean Date (on this blog the time is not displayed) ‏ Tags or categories – link to posts with the same tag or category Post title & permalink – link to this post Comments – link to display the comments that readers have left about this post Blog Post
  6. 6. http://connectinglibrarian.com Connecting Librarian is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia License. Connecting Librarian is by Michelle McLean Sidebar Posts are also published in RSS format for subscription with a feed reader or for syndication
  7. 7. Feeds <ul><li>Content is published in XML (extensible markup language) in RSS format which can be used by other applications such as news readers or aggregators eg. Bloglines & Google Reader </li></ul><?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;utf-8&quot;?> <rss version=&quot;2.0&quot;> <channel> <title> Connecting Librarian </title>  <description> Connecting new ideas and technologies with library service </description>  <link> http://connectinglibrarian.com/ </link>  <item>  <title> Librarian 2.0 not library 2.0 </title>  <description> I have finally caught up on all my reading, amongst which was a very thought provoking post by John Blyberg entitled “Library 2.0 Debased“, which in turn was inspired by Kate ..... MORE TEXT </description>  <link> http://connectinglibrarian.com/2008/01/30/librarian-20-not-library-20/ </link>  </item> MORE ITEMS GO IN HERE  </channel> </rss>
  8. 8. Widgets <ul><li>Snippets of code for adding small useful features to web pages, or desktops </li></ul>In Context at inn0vate Getting a widget from librarything <script language=&quot;JavaScript&quot; src=&quot;http://www.rsscalendar.com/rss/publish.asp?t=m&k=5b8ac1bf8013b0204a2c0e1988aafe75&fw=200&ff=10&fs=11&fc=000000&tb=EEEEEE&eb=FFFFFF&quot;></script>
  9. 9. Tags – Labels - Categories <ul><li>Labels and tags are the same thing. Google just uses the term 'labels' instead of 'tags' in its suite of products </li></ul><ul><li>Use as many labels/tags as you like </li></ul><ul><li>Categories are a WordPress feature. Each category can have it's own feed. Typically you would have many less categories than tags. </li></ul>Example of Blog with categories and tags - Blogadoodledoo
  10. 10. Blog Gear <ul><li>What to use </li></ul>Cog Pic_Small by Balakov. Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence http://www.flickr.com/photos/balakov/309709612/
  11. 11. WordPress <ul><li>Open Source - strong community of developers </li></ul><ul><li>Plugins for versatility </li></ul><ul><li>Wysiwyg editor </li></ul><ul><li>Supports static pages </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of themes/templates </li></ul><ul><li>Widgetised for easy control of layout </li></ul><ul><li>Supports group blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Time stamp can be used to control publication date and time </li></ul><ul><li>If you host your own you have complete control over the theme </li></ul>
  12. 13. Blogger <ul><li>Google service </li></ul><ul><li>Choice of themes/templates </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to modify template </li></ul><ul><li>Wysiwyg editor </li></ul><ul><li>Widgetised for easy layout control </li></ul><ul><li>Supports tags </li></ul>
  13. 15. Windows Live Writer <ul><li>Desktop application </li></ul><ul><li>Publishes to a variety of blog platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Work offline </li></ul><ul><li>Access from browser toolbar </li></ul><ul><li>Uses blog template </li></ul>
  14. 16. celebrity + amusement + blog <ul><li>http://www.stephenfry.com </li></ul>Stephen Fry & Me by StormCab -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/stormcab/387897666/ Used under a CC licence - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en
  15. 17. Wide World of Blogs <ul><li>Where to get started </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger (Blogspot) - http://www.blogger.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>if you already have a Google account this is a good option as it has single sign-on </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wordpress.com - http://wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Edublogs - http://edublogs.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>uses WordPress platform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>site caters only for education-related blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogsavvy - http://blogsavvy.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>uses WordPress platform </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LiveJournal - http://www.livejournal.com </li></ul><ul><li>Vox - http://www.vox.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses Movable Type platform </li></ul></ul>Cricket triptych by Prescott, reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence
  16. 18. Not quite ready? <ul><li>Blogging is not compulsory </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries Interact – contribute posts without having to manage your own blog. </li></ul><ul><li>http://librariesinteract.info – any topics of interest to the Australian Library and Information Science sector </li></ul>
  17. 19. The Librarians (who blog) ‏ <ul><li>Blogging Libraries Wiki – Lists of library blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.blogwithoutalibrary.net </li></ul></ul><ul><li>She Said/He Said – Library Directors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://lions-online-shesaidhesaid.blogspot.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The L files – University Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://bulibrary.blogspot.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mosman Library Weblog – Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://refdesk.mosmanlibraryblogs.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Environmental news bits – Special library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://lib.wmrc.uiuc.edu/enb </li></ul></ul>View examples via TrailFire
  18. 20. Give me the links <ul><li>All links are posted on my blog at </li></ul><ul><li>http://inn0vate.blogspot.com/2008/02/links-for-blog-basics-l-plates-series.html </li></ul><ul><li>(that’s a zero not an uppercase o in inn0vate) </li></ul>Thank you

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