blogs and bloggingfor beginnersHeather MartynReference Services LibrarianKingston Frontenac Public LibraryEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
This is a capture of Justin’s Links from the Underground, taken in 1996.
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
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
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
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/
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
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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