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Blogging in Academic Libraries. Susan Herzog Eastern Connecticut State University June 29, 2006. What is a Blog?. Blog is short for weblog, a term coined by Jorn Barger in 1997 and popularized by Cameron Barrett in 1999. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Blogging in Academic Libraries

    Susan Herzog Eastern Connecticut State University June 29, 2006

  • 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.

  • Blogging TermsBlogging: when somebody uploads information to the Blog the person doing this is known as the BloggerBlogosphere: the blogging worldBlogroll: a list of recommended blogs or blogs read by the Blogger

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

  • What Makes it a Blog?Most blogshave frequently updated postshave relatively short entriesare organized chronologically by datehave newest entries at the toplink to other web content

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

  • What Makes it a Blog?Most blogs are primarily textualExperimentation with sound, images & videos, has resulted in related genres: photoblogsvideoblogsaudioblogs

  • Anatomy of a Typical Blog Post

    Anton Zuiker

  • Blogs have been described as

    a kind of continual tour, with a human guide, whom you get to know (Winer, 2002).a live, online journalone of the most popular modes of communication on the Interneta 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).

  • Blogs have been described as

    an easy, quick way to create a web site a place to share thoughts & ideasa way to connect with othersa way to keep up with family a way to collaboratesocial networking

  • Blogs have been described asnew media citizens mediaparticipatory mediagrassroots publishing

  • 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).

  • Advantages of Blogsinstant publishing to the Internet cost little or nothingprovide a comment feature that allows interaction from others dynamic & empowering allow interchange of thoughts & ideas exciting: instant feedback

  • Blog DiffusionBloggers read & link to other blogsBloggers read old media, AKA Mainstream media (MSM), and include information & links in their blogsOld Media reporters read blogs, then include information in their own stories

  • Blog HistoryTim Berners-Lee's What's New? pageBlogger9/11 Blogs

  • Blog HistoryFollowing 9/11blogs were identified & collected in listspatterns emergedthe number of blogs increased significantly

  • Blog History2002: Trent Lotts Strom Thurmond remarks2004: Howard Dean & Meetup.com2004: Democratic & Republican conventions

  • Blog History2004: RatherGate2004: Tsunami Blogs2004: Year of the Blog

  • Why Read Blogs? Personal & professionalKeep current No spam! (hopefully)

  • Go to start blogging.

  • Select Create Your Blog NowFill in your informationRead terms of servicePassword should be simple easy to rememberno spacesClick on continue

  • Name Your BlogName should be identifiableInformation Literacy Blog Write down your Blog address (URL)


  • Choose a TemplateSelect a template (just pick oneyou can change templates later)


  • Blogger Tools

  • Create PostsFormattingComposeEdit HTMLPreviewBlock comments on postsNotice of successful posting

  • Your Blog

  • Posting OptionsEdit postsdelete

    View the blogcan open in new window

  • Settings ChoicesPublishing FormattingComments Show/hideArchivingFrequency

    Site Feed EmailSave settingsDelete this blog

  • Settings Choices: PublishingOn Blogger or your own siteBlog addressSave settings

  • Publishing

  • Settings Choices: FormattingShow Number Days/PostsConvert Line BreaksShow Title FieldShow Link Field Post Template Save settings

  • Formatting

  • Formatting

  • Settings Choices: CommentsShow/HidePermission to commentEmail notificationSave settings

  • Comments

  • Comments

  • Settings Choices:ArchivingDailyWeeklyMonthlyPost Pageseach post has its own unique web page, in addition to appearing on your blog's front pageSave settings

  • Archiving

  • Settings Choices:Site Feed

    RSSAllows others to be notified when you update your blogSave settingsFeed URL:

  • Site Feed

  • Settings

  • TemplateEdit templatePick new oneSave changes

  • Posting

  • Posting to your blogNew blogStart postingExisting blog, log in Your username Password

  • For more informationThe eLit Blog: Blogging in Academic Libraries BlogBib

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

  • References

    Barger, J. (1999). Weblog resources FAQ. Retrieved June 11, 2006 from, T. (1992). Whats new in 92. Retrieved June 11, 2006 from, R. (2000). weblogs: a history and perspective. Retrieved June 11, 2006 from, W. (2002, May/June ). Blogging What is it? Link-Up 19 (3). Retrieved June 11, 2006 from

  • ReferencesPaquet, S. (2002). Personal knowledge publishing and its uses in research. Retrieved June 11, 2006 from, H. (2002). Halleys comment. Retrieved June 11, 2006 from, D. (2002). The history of weblogs. Retrieved June 11, 2006 from

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