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1 Weblogs An Intro and Tour October 5, 2002

2 Who am I?

3 What’s a weblog? “frequently updated webpages consisting of dated entries, generally listed in chronological order from the top down” Paul McCann, KIPlogKIPlog

4 What’s a weblog? A weblog (sometimes called a blog or a newspage or a filter) is a webpage where a weblogger (sometimes called a blogger, or a pre-surfer) 'logs' all the other webpages she finds interesting. Jorn Barger, Robot WisdomRobot Wisdom

5 What’s a weblog? A weblog is a coffee house conversation in text, with references as required. Rebecca Blood, The Weblog HandbookThe Weblog Handbook

6 What’s a weblog? Weblogs are often-updated sites that point to articles elsewhere on the web, often with comments, and to on-site articles. A weblog is kind of a continual tour, with a human guide who you get to know. Dave Winer Scripting NewsScripting News

7 What’s a weblog? Is there a difference between a Weblog and a Blog? “Also, mark me in the column that recognizes and uses a distinction between a "weblog" and a "blog". To me, the former is links to Internet resources with occasional personal commentary and the latter is the opposite, nearer a diary or journal. There are subtle gradations between the two, naturally.” Bradley Graham, BradlandsBradlands In a post to Metafilter

8 What’s in a weblog A PostA Link Archives Links

9 How many weblogs are there? “Please note: This page is no longer being updated, as grabbing the data was just sucking down too much of my bandwidth. I'm retaining the last figures here as a bit of weblog history.” Take these figures with a big lump of salt... Date Weblogs 6/17/ … 2/1/ Mike Gunderloy, LarkfarmLarkfarm

10 How many weblogs are there? Blogger boasts a total registered user base of over 750,000 that grows by approximately 1,500 to 2,000 people per day. UserLand has approximately 50,000 users and grows by 4,000 each month, according to Dave Winer, UserLand president. Its impossible to count the number of Movable Type, Greymatter and other roll-your-own blogs.

11 What kinds of weblogs are out there? Links (Robot Wisdom, Larkfarm) Topical (FoodBlog, KM, etc.) Current Events (Political, Warblogs) Self-expression (Absenter) Group (MetaFilter, Plastic) ThinkBlog (AKMA, Wood S Lot)

12 What kinds of weblogs are out there? Link driven Larkfarm Robot Wisdom Rebecca’s Pocket Every post is a link. Although you can determine some things about the blogger’s personality by the links he chooses and the commentary he makes on them, there is very little personal information.

13 Robot Wisdom - Jorn Barger

14 Rebecca’s Pocket - Rebecca Blood

15 What kinds of weblogs are out there? Topical Bacon FoodBlog You Grow Girl Catalogblog These weblogs stick to a topic, usually linking to news or other information on the Web about the subject they cover. Also used to share information and knowledge about that subject that the author has learned offline. Here’s my list of topical weblogslist of topical weblogs

16 What kinds of weblogs are out there? Current Events Matt Welch LakeFX Liberationism Palestinian Israeli These weblogs are heavy on news links and commentary. Commonly with a heavy bias and definite stance or agenda.

17 Lake Effect - Dan Hartung

18 What kinds of weblogs are out there? Group Metafilter Blogroots Thirteen Labs These weblogs have multiple authors and commonly resemble discussions or conversations. Other topical group blogs offer a valuable source of varied knowledge that can only be had from multiple sources.

19 MetaFilter

20 A PostComments Blogroots

21 What kinds of weblogs are out there? ThinkBlogs AKMA GolubBlog Reading and Writing Eclogues These weblogs tend to have a more literate, thoughtful quality to them. Posts tend to resemble well-thought out essays, rather than quick “what I had for breakfast” lines.

22 How do you find weblogs? Weblog Directories and Portals Eaton web portal Globe of Blogs DMOZ Blog rings Chicago Bloggers

23 How do you find weblogs? Eaton Web Portal Sorted by category, language, country, alphabet 7182 blogs

24 How do you find weblogs? Globe of Blogs Sorted by title, topic, age, gender, birthday, name and location 1820 weblogs

25 How do you find weblogs? DMOZ The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web Top: Computers: Internet: On the Web: Weblogs (2,945)

26 How do you find weblogs? By Relationship with other bloggers Blogging ecosystem Blogtree Other Methods Blog Birthdays Thumbnails Reviews

27 How do you find weblogs? By Relationship with other bloggers Blogtree

28 How do you find weblogs? Other Methods Blog birthdays Blog birthdays

29 How do you read all these weblogs? Weblogs.com Daypop Blogdex Other rating systems BlogHop!

30 How do you start your own? Blogger Radio Xanga Salon blogs Pitas LiveJournal Grey Matter Movable Type Roll your own

31 How do you start your own? What does Blogger do? “ Blogger gives you a way to automate (and greatly accelerate) the blog publishing process without writing any code or worrying about installing any sort of server software or scripts. And yet, it still gives you total control over the look and location of your blog. More specifically, instead of hand- coding your blog posts and frequently uploading the newest version of your page, you make posts to your blog by submitting a simple form on the Blogger web site, and the results immediately show up on your site, with your design.”

32 How do you start your own? Blogger Radio Xanga Salon Pitas LiveJournal Grey Matter Movable Type Roll your own

33 How do you start your own? Business Blogs and Blogs for your clients Another interesting application of the weblog model would be within corporate intranets. Where I work, much of the company-wide memorandums and communication is done via , with some s containing numerous attachments that sometimes weigh in at a hefty one-to-two megabytes. It'd be so much better if these s only referenced documents somewhere on the intranet instead of including them via attachments. The intranet page for each department could be a regularly updated weblog of information currently being circulated. This would solve so many problems with disk space and deleted s, it puzzles me that some corporate intranets haven't adopted these simple concepts for the easy distribution of information. Cameron Barrett

34 How do you run your own? Post. Read. Write. Link.

35 How do you run your own? How do I build traffic? Post and link Register with the portals Get yourself into Blog rings Stimulate discussion Make some friends

36 How do you run your own? More Advice How to write a better blog

37 Why Blog? Increase your knowledge Make friends Improve your writing Formulate your opinions Do something good

38 Why Blog? Increase your knowledge Make friends Improve your writing Formulate your opinions Do something good Introduction to Panel Members

39 Our Panel Lake Effect Lake Effect - Dan Hartung

40 Our Panel AKMA

41 Our Panel KIPlogKIPlog - Paul McCann

42 Our Panel McGee’s Musings McGee’s Musings - Jim McGee

43 Our Panel Absenter Naz Hamid


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