Introduction to Blogging Vincci Kwong
What is a Blog? • A “blog” (or “weblog”) is a web site that: • is organized chronologically by date • self-archives by date • is updated somewhat regularly with relatively short entries • includes links, more links, and still more links • uses a unique URL (called a “permalink”) for each individual post • uses blogging software
Most Blogs… • are comprised of short posts • allow readers to comment on each post • display a calendar or a date list for accessing archives • include a “blogroll” that lists the various sites that particular blogger reads • provide an “RSS feed” that “syndicates” the content and lets you read posts in a separate reader called an “aggregator”
Birth of blog • “Blog” is short for “weblog,” a term coined by Jorn Bargerin 1997 and popularized by Cameron Barrettin 1999. • Peter Merholz decided to pronounce the term “wee-blog,” which was eventually shortened to just “blog.” • “Bloggish” sites existed long before 1999, but it was during this time that “like” sites were identified and collected in lists, patterns emerged, and the number of blog sites began to increase significantly.
Growth of blog • In 1999, a company called “Pyra” released “Blogger,” a service that let anyone publish a blog for free by typing in a box in their web browser. • The blog movement started to grow, but September 11, 2001, marked a tipping point. –Scripting News –Kottke.org • Today, there could be as many as one million blogs using dozens of blogging products.
Advantage of blogging • Don’t need to know HTML or any programming language • Can update your site from anywhere • Lets you concentrate on content, not the process • Makes your site more dynamic!
Why You Should Care about Blogs 1.They act as information filters to help you handle information overload. • Help you keep current 2.They allow you to easily disseminate your own ideas, thoughts, or information. • Including information related to your life, work, etc. • “Telling Your Story” 3.Networking
Finding and Searching Blogs • Weblog specific search engines and/or directories • Feedster http://www.feedster.com/ • Bloogz http://www.bloogz.com/ • Blogstreet http://www.blogstreet.com/ • Bloglines http://www.bloglines.com/ • ODP, Google (a few tips for using these)
Place to get your blog • Blogger • http://www.blogger.com/start • Xanga • http://www.xanga.com/ • MSN Space • http://spaces.msn.com/ • Blogstream • http://www.blogstream.com/
A RSS (Really Simple Syndication) a very easy way to distribute your blog to readers How to put your blog out there to rich the audience? Submit your RSS feed to aggregator like Bloglines http://www.bloglines.com How to get your blog out there?
What is an aggregator? • Also known as RSS aggregator, news aggregator, or feed reader • A software that uses web feed, e.g. RSS feed, to retrieve syndicated web content such as blogs, poadcasts, vlogs and mainstream mass media websites etc.
Why an aggregator? • Save time on checking out updates at different websites • One-stop viewing of information • Customized information • Easily subscribe or unsubscribe from a feed • Sharing of information