On Blogs and Blogging

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If you can write an e-mail, you can write a blog. Everyone is blogging about various issues: Food, politics, news, fashion, photography, design, travel, etc… Unlike websites, blogs are interactive.
The following presentation prepared by Think Media Labs will help you get in the loop of blogging and of how to start and improve a successful blog.

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On Blogs and Blogging

  1. 1. Blogs and vblogging
  2. 2. What is a blog?• A blog is a website with descriptive entries, commentary, pictures, and video.• Topics: display of your creative work, events you participated in, something you saw, exploring a passion, documenting your life, sharing information, news,...• Prerequisites: If you can write an e-mail, you can write a blog. No software necessary.
  3. 3. Anatomy vof a blog
  4. 4. What is a blog?• A blog = a web + a log• A blog is a website that is frequently updated, with the most recent entry on top• Blogging is now the most popular online personal publishing platform• Blog authors, known as bloggers, can write about anything• According to Wikipedia, as of 16 February 2011, there were over 156m public blogs
  5. 5. • Blogs are interactive to distinguish them from websites• Visitors can leave comments• Blogs appear in different forms and are based on a template• Basic templates are free. More refined ones are bought for an annual fee• The most popular blog hosts are WordPress and Blogger
  6. 6. • Layout can be as simple or sophisticated as the author chooses• Typical design: title banner at the top, a side bar and the content taking up the remainder of the space• Sidebar includes an “About me,” an archive of past posts in date order, and anything the author wants to add• Blogs can display text, images, audio and video
  7. 7. Types of blogs:• News• Personal diary• Specialized subject• Aggregator• Fashion• Food• Sports• Photography…Blogs can be linked to each other and to Webpages
  8. 8. Websitev vs. Blog
  9. 9. A website and a blog are not the same:Blog• Content is regularly updated• Not formal• Interactive• Informative and educational• Interactivity about industry/customer issues• Some people have a blog
  10. 10. Website• Content is static• Formal/professional• Interactivity does not exist. There is only one-way communication• Transactional• Communication about products and/or services• Almost everyone has a website. In fact, it is almost a requirement in business today
  11. 11. The diversity v of blogs
  12. 12. • The impact of blogs has been growing• It is affecting the mainstream media and is widely acknowledged by governments• Newspapers, magazines and television -- labeled “old media” -- have been suffering as a result of the growing number of blogs• Bloggers sharing and connecting information in real time and are quicker
  13. 13. Political blogs• Since 2002, and with the invasion and war on Iraq in 2003, blogs gained in political momentum as a way of covering the news in a non- conventional way• One of the first political blogs in the region to address a wide international audience and make a big impact was “Where is Raed” by Iraqi Salam Pax
  14. 14. Aggregator blogs
  15. 15. Blogs that lead to books
  16. 16. Photography blog
  17. 17. Technology blog
  18. 18. Food blog
  19. 19. Activist blog
  20. 20. • A four-hour training will never be enough to go through 156 million + blogs• The idea, however, is to look at the development and impact blogs are having on traditional media, marketing and PR• There is a blog for practically every subject, from personal, corporate, genre…• The community of all blogs is the blogosphere
  21. 21. Blogging and advertising• Blogs can be monetized (?)• Some feature advertisements for financial gain or to promote a cause• Some companies create a fake blog to promote a product
  22. 22. Blogging for a cause
  23. 23. Blogging code of conduct• Take responsibility for what you write• Don’t say something online that you wouldn’t offline• Do not use abusive language• Eliminate anonymous comments
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