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blogs and bloggingfor beginnersHeather MartynReference Services LibrarianKingston Frontenac Public LibraryEmail: hmartyn@kfpl.ca

what is a blog
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
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.
just a little more history
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
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:
  • 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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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