Intro to BloggingJune 25, 2007 By: Alisha Coolin, Steph Scallion, Becca Knechtel
Agenda • Explain what blogging is, who does it and why. • Define what some of the types of blogs are and show an example. • Give some reasons why blogging can be seen as: • positive • negative • Online Journalism and exposure.
What is Blogging? • WEB LOG= WE BLOG • A chronological publication of personal thoughts . A blog is often what is happening in a person's life, similar to a diary site. • Blogs take many forms such as written, audio, photo, sketch, and video.
Types of Blogs: • Instructional/Informative • Day to day life/Rant • Debate • Reviews • Inspirational • Humorous • Business/Networking • Video
Why do people blog? • "We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results." Herman Melville
Reasons People Blog: • To pass time and share experiences • Freedom of expression of thoughts/ideas • To be heard • To document their life/ diaries • Socialize/chat/connect with people • Spread ideas/give information
Who typically Blogs? • There are currently 70 million active blogs with an average of 120, 000 new ones being created per day worldwide • Journalists • Scholars • Everyday people like you and me
How to Create a Blog: CREATE A BLOG IN 5EASY STEPS: • Go to Blogger.com • Create an account • Name your blog • Choose a template • Write
Examples of Blogging • You tube • My space • Facebook • Technorati • Blogging.com • Blogger • Blog.com • The Blogging Tories And many more…
Example of a video blog from youtubecalled “Hiccups” Click link to watch • Example of a video blog from youtube called “first try” Click link to watch Youtube
Blogging- Positive or Negative? • Is blogging positive or negative? Well it depends on who you talk to. Many people think it is simply a waste of time and others think it is an amazing way to express themselves. • Do you think that Blogging is positive or negative?
Positive • Allows for freedom of speech • Allows for freedom of thought • Blogging can free your mind • Allows for exposure to new people and things • Can be good for your career • Creative expression • Exploitation • Some think blogging is an example of online journalism
Negative • Allows exploitation • Can be bad for your career • Exposure of peoples personal lives • Opening the doors for invasion of privacy • Easy for other to steal your ideas and pictures – hard to protect when posted on the web • Uninhibited expression • Tone of voice • Addiction, obsession and anti-social behaviour • Writing that has content is turning into “posts” with meaningless words
Online Journalism Online journalism is defined as the reporting of facts produced and distributed via the internet. Traditional journalists typically do not consider blogs to automatically be journalist. However, there are some newsworthy sites that are blogs.
Exposure Rules for Blogging exposure: • Will this hurt your family and friends? • Will this put your job in jeopardy? • Most importantly: Is such a disclosure really interesting anyway?
Conclusion • A blog is a web log that is updated frequently and is chronological. • There are many types of blogs that can take many forms. • Reasons to Blog are numerous and varied • Everyday people like you and me blog. • Easy Steps to create a blog. • The ethics of blogging-Is it positive or negative? • Is blogging online journalism or too much exposure?
References • What is blogging?- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog , www.baclass.panam.edu/mana3333/glossary/chapter02.html • Who typically blogs? http://www.mediachannel.org/wordpress/2007/06/04/who-blogs/ • How to start a blog- https://www.blogger.com/start • Exposure- http://www.bloggingblog.org/2006/03/fear_of_exposur.html, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogger%27s_Code_of_Conduct • Types of blogs- http://www.problogger.net/archives/2005/11/29/20-types-of-blog-posts-battling-bloggers-block/ • Positive and Negative- http://www.legalandrew.com/2006/04/27/blogging-frees-the-mind-and-it-helps-your-career/ , http://www.astoriedcareer.com/archives/2005/07/blogging_good_o.html Examples of blogs- http://www.youtube.com/