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Blogging Basics Parts Reasons Tools 5Ws Who Those with ideas to share (bloggers) What Quick and easy publishing for data and opinions (blog) When Long history with the Internet, only recently gaining ground Where Online, web based Why Independent thought Who does this?

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Blogging Basics

Parts

Reasons

Tools


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5Ws

  • Who

    • Those with ideas to share (bloggers)

  • What

    • Quick and easy publishing for data and opinions (blog)

  • When

    • Long history with the Internet, only recently gaining ground

  • Where

    • Online, web based

  • Why

    • Independent thought


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Who does this?

  • Those who want to share their ideas

    • Must be willing to be open to strangers

    • Must be willing to contribute to the rest of the blogsphere

  • Those who crave a live audience

    • Beyond the “MDT” for students (Mom/Dad, Teacher)

  • Those who want to be involved


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What are they?

  • Web based web pages

    • Most are created and maintained from websites

    • Rely on content not “flash”

  • Places for open expression, collaboration and learning

    • Rely on links, comment and trackback


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When did this all start?

  • Blogging likely started as another technology that used .plan files and a UNIX command “finger” (pre 1995)

  • WWW pages made it easier for “less geeks” to post (circa 1995)

  • Database driven web applications now let the masses post quickly and easily (today)


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Where to start?

  • Free

    • www.blogger.com

    • www.blogs.ca

    • Word Press*

    • Thingamablog*

  • Pay*

    • Movable Type

    • Kidzlog

      *needs a separate server


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Why to do this?

  • Because you have something to share quickly an on your own terms

  • To build community

  • To join a community

  • To become involved


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Anatomy of a blog

  • Post

    • The post is the content of the blog

    • Every post has an associated “permalink” that is archived

  • Link

    • Connections out to other locations online (blogs, news, etc.)

    • May have to be hard coded using html

  • Comments

    • Feedback from blog visitors


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Anatomy of a blog cont…

  • Trackback

    • Developed by Moveable Type to allow bloggers to see when others are blogging about them

  • Ping

    • Used to notify other blogs that they are being blogged about (trackback)

  • Stats

    • Useful for monitoring traffic and providing inspiration


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Getting Started

  • Go to www.blogger.com


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Additional Tools

  • Technorati

  • Bloglines

  • StatsCounter

  • SiteMeter

  • http://del.icio.us/

  • Flickr


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Definitions

  • Blogsphere

    • The collective network of blogs on all topics

  • Links

    • Connections to stories, postings or other data to support your posting

  • Comments

    • Feedback from visitors to a blog, helps to encourage the blogger and exchange ideas


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Definitions

  • Post

    • The basic part of the blog

  • Permalink

    • The archived post on a blog with only one post on the page

  • Trackback

    • A system that allows bloggers to see who is blogging about them. Bloggers send pings between blogs to establish links