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Blogging 101 Workshop


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A blogging workshop I gave at the Asheboro Library in 2006.

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Blogging 101 Workshop

  1. 1. “ Randolph Is Talking” Rob Ainbinder [email_address]
  2. 2. About Me <ul><li>Bus driver, blogger? Sort of… </li></ul><ul><li>My blogging story </li></ul>
  3. 3. What’s a Blog? <ul><li>“ a personal Web site that provides news articles of other sites that are of interest to the user, also may include journal entries, commentaries and recommendations compiled by the user” </li></ul><ul><li>Whatever you want it to be! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>journal/diary, photo album, customer service, R&D, sounding board </li></ul></ul><ul><li>As long as its updated regularly </li></ul>
  4. 4. A Brief History of Blogs <ul><li>4/96 – Dave Winer launches a news page that in 1997 becomes Scripting News. Starts Radio Userland </li></ul><ul><li>8/99 - Pyra Labs, today owned by Google, launches Blogger </li></ul>
  5. 5. Blog Universe* <ul><li>Technorati now tracks over 27.2 Million blogs </li></ul><ul><li>The blogosphere is doubling in size every 5 and a half months </li></ul><ul><li>On average, a new weblog is created every second of every day </li></ul><ul><li>13.7 million bloggers are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created </li></ul><ul><li>About 9% of new blogs are spam or machine generated </li></ul>*As of February 2006 (source: )
  6. 6. Blogs Influence on “TM” <ul><li>4-2-04: Ryan Lizza, New Republic reporter breaks news of Jim Margolis, leaving the Kerry campaign, posted at 12:22 p.m. beating the AP by 11 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>9-9-04: Charles Johnson helps expose the forged George Bush/CBS/ National Guard documents. ( </li></ul><ul><li>1-13-05: Jon Lowder, W/S blogger writes about the W/S Journal. In reponse, The Journal adds features to it’s Website. ( </li></ul>
  7. 7. Anatomy of a Blog <ul><li>Post </li></ul><ul><li>Links (a.k.a blogroll) </li></ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Feed </li></ul>
  8. 8. A Warning <ul><li>Libel and copyright laws apply </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t blog under the influence </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t blog about your job… specifically or risk firing </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging is forever </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging is forever </li></ul><ul><li>… literally and it’s all cached by Google. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Commenting <ul><li>The currency of blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiates a blog from a Web site. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes more interesting than the o.p. </li></ul><ul><li>Comment generously on blogs you like (and ones you don’t). </li></ul>
  10. 10. Newsfeeds <ul><li>Blog posts are like songs on the radio. </li></ul><ul><li>Re-broadcasting constantly </li></ul>