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1 Blogging in Academic Libraries Susan Herzog Eastern Connecticut State University June 29, 2006

2 What is a Blog? Blog is short for weblog, a term coined by Jorn Barger in 1997 and popularized by Cameron Barrett in 1999. Peter Merholz decided to pronounce the term wee-blog, which was eventually shortened to just blog.

3 Blogging Terms Blogging: when somebody uploads information to the Blog the person doing this is known as the Blogger Blogosphere: the blogging world Blogroll: a list of recommended blogs or blogs read by the Blogger

4 What Makes it a Blog? All blogs are a type of web page can be easily & instantly updated (feature of blog software)

5 What Makes it a Blog? Most blogs have frequently updated posts have relatively short entries are organized chronologically by date have newest entries at the top link to other web content

6 What Makes it a Blog? Most blogs include Comments (feature of blog software) include Archives (feature of blog software) include a unique URL for each individual post (Permalink) (feature of blog software)

7 What Makes it a Blog? Most blogs are primarily textual Experimentation with sound, images & videos, has resulted in related genres: photoblogs videoblogs audioblogs

8 Anatomy of a Typical Blog Post Anton Zuiker

9 Blogs have been described as a kind of continual tour, with a human guide, whom you get to know (Winer, 2002). a live, online journal one of the most popular modes of communication on the Internet a place on the Net where you write and publish at the near-same moment to a few million of your closest friends, except only about 20 people actually read what you write (Suitt, 2002).

10 Blogs have been described as an easy, quick way to create a web site a place to share thoughts & ideas a way to connect with others a way to keep up with family a way to collaborate social networking

11 Blogs have been described as new media citizens media participatory media grassroots publishing

12 The Blog Question Is blogging merely a form of exhibitionism or a compelling new form of journalism? There is evidence to conclude that it is probably both. (Conhaim, 2002).

13 Advantages of Blogs instant publishing to the Internet cost little or nothing provide a comment feature that allows interaction from others dynamic & empowering allow interchange of thoughts & ideas exciting: instant feedback

14 Blog Diffusion Bloggers read & link to other blogs Bloggers read old media, AKA Mainstream media (MSM), and include information & links in their blogs Old Media reporters read blogs, then include information in their own stories

15 Blog History Tim Berners-Lee's What's New? pageWhat's New? Blogger 9/11 Blogs

16 Blog History Following 9/11 blogs were identified & collected in lists patterns emerged the number of blogs increased significantly

17 Blog History 2002: Trent Lotts Strom Thurmond remarks 2004: Howard Dean & 2004: Democratic & Republican conventions

18 Blog History 2004: RatherGate 2004: Tsunami BlogsTsunami Blogs 2004: Year of the Blog

19 Why Read Blogs? Personal & professional Keep current No spam! (hopefully)

20 Go to http :// http :// Lets start blogging….

21 Select Create Your Blog Now Fill in your information Read terms of service Password should be simple easy to remember no spaces Click on continue


23 Name Your Blog Name should be identifiable Information Literacy Blog Write down your Blog address (URL) Continue


25 Choose a Template Select a template (just pick one…you can change templates later) Continue



28 Blogger Tools

29 Create Posts Formatting Compose Edit HTML Preview Block comments on posts Notice of successful posting

30 Your Blog

31 Posting Options Edit posts delete View the blog can open in new window

32 Settings Choices Publishing Formatting Comments Show/hide Archiving Frequency Site Feed Email Save settings Delete this blog

33 Settings Choices: Publishing On Blogger or your own site Blog address Save settings

34 Publishing

35 Settings Choices: Formatting Show Number Days/Posts Convert Line Breaks Show Title Field Show Link Field Post Template Save settings

36 Formatting



39 Settings Choices: Comments Show/Hide Permission to comment Email notification Save settings




43 Settings Choices: Archiving Daily Weekly Monthly Post Pages each post has its own unique web page, in addition to appearing on your blog's front page Save settings

44 Archiving

45 Settings Choices: Site Feed RSS Allows others to be notified when you update your blog Save settings Feed URL:

46 Site Feed

47 Settings

48 Template Edit template Pick new one Save changes


50 Posting

51 Posting to your blog New blog Start posting Existing blog, log in Your username Password

52 For more information… The eLit Blog: Blogging in Academic Libraries http://blogging-in-academic- BlogBib

53 Need Help? Bloggers Help is excellent and updated often:

54 References Barger, J. (1999). Weblog resources FAQ. Retrieved June 11, 2006 from Berners-Lee, T. (1992). Whats new in 92. Retrieved June 11, 2006 from hypertext/hypertext/WWW/News/9201.html Blood, R. (2000). weblogs: a history and perspective. Retrieved June 11, 2006 from story.html Conhaim, W. (2002, May/June ). Blogging – What is it? Link-Up 19 (3). Retrieved June 11, 2006 from ttp:// m

55 References Paquet, S. (2002). Personal knowledge publishing and its uses in research. Retrieved June 11, 2006 from /10/03/personalKnowledgePublishingAndItsUses InResearch.html Suitt, H. (2002). Halleys comment. Retrieved June 11, 2006 from 4_halleyscomment_archive.html#85713646 Winer, D. (2002). The history of weblogs. Retrieved June 11, 2006 from

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