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What's a blog?                                                                                              


"Blog" is the short form of "web log," is online journal that is updated frequently and is usually available to the general public. Blogs can be used to document news items, upcoming events, thoughts, and more.  Blogs can be used to share information with the public or with only a select group of individials.   Watch this quick video from The Common Craft Show to learn more about Blogs in Plain English.


The term “weblogging” was first coined by Jorn Barger, a computer scientist and artificial intelligence specialist, in late 1997.  A “weblog” – or “blog” – is a dated and reverse-chronological archive of information entries (text, audio, video, images, and files), called “posts,” that are uploaded, or “posted” to a webpage.  The process of creating and updating a blog is called “blogging”, and a person who does so is referred to as a “blogger.”  Often, blogs have interactive features which allow readers to publish comments about the posts directly on the blog.  A basis of the Read/Write web (or Web 2.0), blogs allow users to easily publish and communicate on the web without advanced knowledge of code or computers.  


Why should I blog?

Blogs for Libraries - http://www.webjunction.org/social-software/articles/content/430713

WebJunction community member Greg Schwartz explains what blogs are and why librarians should care about them.


Blogging for Librarians - http://www.olis.ri.gov/services/ce/presentation/bloggingLibsSpring2.pdf

A pdf PowerPoint presentation giving a good overview of what blogs are, why libraries should blog, and how to start


10 Ways to Use Your Edublog to Teach - http://edublogs.org/10-ways-to-use-your-edublog-to-teach/

Edublogs provides tips on why you should and how you can incorporate blogging in your school library and classroom.


Why Blog? - http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/2005/10/02/why-blog/

Meredith Farkas' view on blogging on the profession of librarianship


Blogging for Law Librarians - http://journals.cambridge.org/download.php?file=%2FLIM%2FLIM8_01%2FS1472669608000078a.pdf&code=f4a3e566d3c618fbec9cdaa4de02bcf5 

Jennifer Vass and James Mullan of the BIALL Blog take a look at the UK law librarian blogging scene, dispelling some of the myths associated with blogging before asking, “Where do you want to go today?”  A good overview for all beginners and librarians.


Why Blog? - http://www.marketingfornonprofits.org/2008/09/why-blog.html

A non-profit marketing professional provides positive stats and other tidbets on blogging. Be sure to click on the "blogging" tag to read her related posts.


Applications Available


Several options for blogging tools are available.  Among the most popular and easy to use are:


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Blogger - http://www.blogger.com

Perhaps the easiest and most flexible of free blogging tools, Google-owned Blogger provides users a simple and free web-based interface for starting, hosting, and managing their blogs.  Bloggers can add text, photos, and videos to customizable templates.  Blogger blogs can be hosted online by Blogger (at their Blogspot) or can be hosted on your own domain.  For more information about all of the features Blogger has to offer, visit http://www.blogger.com/features.



WordPress - http://www.wordpress.com

WordPress.com provides a free online blogging interface and hosted sites, similar to that of Blogger, but with less free features. WordPress.com does offer premium features, but at a cost.  Links in Technology Training Wheels refer to WordPress.com.


(Alternatively, WordPress also offers WordPress.org, a downloadable, open source platform to create and integrate blogs into existing sites.  While the software provides more flexibility than the WordPress.com product, software must be installed, and the blog must be hosted at the user's web site.  WordPress.org requires more advanced IT skills than the free online software offered through Blogger or WordPress.com.) 



Edublogs - http://www.edublogs.org

Edublogs hosts hundreds of thousands of blogs for teachers, students, researchers, professors, librarians, administrators and anyone and everyone else involved in education.  Edublogs are free, are powered by Word Press software, and come with many features.  A separate product, Edublogs Campus, caters to schools and universities looking to create, manage and control blogs at their own web domain.


Creating a Blog


Creating blogs using Blogger, WordPress.com, and Edublogs is a simple process.








Adding Content








Customizing Your Blog








Tagging and Labeling








Adding Gadgets or Widgets








Creating a Site Feed








More Information and Support








SupportBlogging! - http://www.supportblogging.com

SupportBlogging! uses another Web 2.0 technology, a wiki, to encourage educators and provide support documentation about using blogging as a learning tool. 


Educational Bloggers Network - http://www.ebn.weblogger.com

The Educational Bloggers Network provides a collaborative space for educators and organizations using blogs in educational settings from kindergarten to post-secondary schooling.  The forum offers solutions related to the integration of blogs and digital technologies into education.


  Back to the Technology Training Wheels home page    


This blogging pathfinder was created by Genna Buhr, Library Development Specialist, Alliance Library System.



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