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blogs and blogging for beginners Heather Martyn Reference Services Librarian Kingston Frontenac Public Library Email: [email protected] What is a blog? Q: So what is a weblog, anyway?

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blogs and bloggingfor beginnersHeather MartynReference Services LibrarianKingston Frontenac Public LibraryEmail: [email protected]


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What is a blog?

  • Q: So what is a weblog, anyway?

  • A: Generally speaking, it's an online journal or diary comprised of links and postings in reverse chronological order, meaning the most recent posting appears at the top of the page.

    See: http://www.blogscanada.ca/BlogDefinition.html


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A Brief history of blogs

  • The first blog-like internet site began in 1983/84 as a collection of links and posts by an individual and some of his friends.

  • The first real blogs were online diaries that appeared around 1994.


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This is a capture of Justin’s Links from the Underground, taken in 1996.


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Just a little more history…

  • Blogs continued to gain popularity.

  • The term ‘weblog’ (web log) was coined in 1997.

  • In 1999 it was shorted to blog, and came into use as a noun and a verb.

  • The ease of using online blogging software has increased the popularity of blogging, and you can now find blogs on any topic.

  • See Also Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog



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There are different types of blog:

  • Photoblog: a blog that uses photos as the central aspect (the blog may also contain text).

    Stuff on My Cat:http://www.stuffonmycat.com/

  • Video blog (vlog): a blog that is comprised of video entries.

    Ummah Films:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH2nNt1s5pk&mode=related&search=

    Unemployed Skeletor:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8Z24Z3o5gM

  • Audioblog (podcast): a blog that is created as sound files rather than text.

    Prime Minister of Canada’s Podcast:

    http://pm.gc.ca/RSSFeeds/media/Podcasts_e.xml


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The Blogosphere:

  • The blogosphere is “a collective term encompassing all blogs and their interconnections. It is the perception that blogs exist together as a connected community (or as a collection of connected communities) or as a social network.”

  • See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogosphere


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How To Find Blogs to Read

  • Technorati: a blog search & rating system for 73.7 million blogs: http://technorati.com/

  • The International Weblog Awards search engine for nominated blogs : http://www.thebobs.com/

  • The 2006 Weblog Awards:

    http://2006.weblogawards.org/

  • The Ageless Project lists blogs by blogger age: http://jenett.org/ageless/


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Blogs I like:

  • The Cats of Parliament Hill: http://www.synapse.net/kgerken/CatsBlog.HTM

  • Dave Barry’s Official Blog: http://blogs.herald.com/dave_barrys_blog/

  • The Kingston Guide: www.thekingstonguide.com


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How to Start a Blog?

  • Have an interest, or eventful life.

  • Want to communicate with others.

  • Sign up with a blog service: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog_hosting_service

  • It’s similar to signing up for an email account.


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On to blogger for a quick trial…

http://www.blogger.com/start

(See also: http://plcmclearning.blogspot.com/2006/08/3-grab-yourself-blog-in-3-steps.html

for a refresher)


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Some friendly blogging tips:

  • Maintaining privacy is difficult:

    • You may not Google yourself or your loved ones, but some people do. Consider using pseudonyms.

    • Don’t post photos you wouldn’t share with everyone you have met, and some people you haven’t.

  • As in most internet communications, arguments can escalate quickly and be based on practically nothing.


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Bloggers Code of Conduct:

  • Responsibility for our own words

  • Nothing we wouldn't say in person

  • Connect privately first

  • Take action against attacks

  • a) No anonymous comments OR b) No pseudonymous comments

  • Ignore the trolls

  • Encourage enforcement of terms of service

  • Keep our sources private

  • Discretion to delete comments

  • Do no harm

  • Think twice - post once

    See: http://blogging.wikia.com/wiki/Blogger%27s_Code_of_Conduct


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Technology Tutors:

  • The library is currently offering hour-long one-on-one sessions with computer teachers.

  • They can take you through anything we’ve learned today.

  • Ask at the Information Desk for an appointment.


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Thanks for coming!

  • Check out some Tech Tuesdays and Saturdays we have coming up:

  • Tuesday, October 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.Introduction to the Internet

  •  Tuesday, October 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Central Branch)

    Gaming for Adults

  •  Saturday, October 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.Getting the most out of KFPL’s website

  •  Tuesday, October 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.Keeping Current on the Web with RSS Feeds

  •  Saturday, October 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.mHome Computer Security

  •  Tuesday, October 31 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.Signing up for Web-Based Email


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