Blogging 101

18 11 2009

BLOGGING 101
What is a blog?
From Wikipedia:
“A blog (a contraction of the term “web log”)[1] is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (Art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (Video blogging), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.”

See the full posting here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog

Common blog providers:

WordPress.com | blogger.com | typepad.com |livejournal.com

STEP 1

Come up with an idea for the blog. This is actually the most difficult part, believe it or not. You need to find a topic which you can maintain over time and keep lively and fresh — both for you and your audience.

STEP 2

Sign up for the blog. You will need to have access to your email when you do this, as you will most likely be sent a confirmation email. By signing up for a blog, you may also comment on many other blogs on that provider.

STEP 3

You are then ready to set up your blog. Customize it as you wish by selecting a template and setting up pages (WordPress.com offers the most flexibility with this, I’ve found.)

STEP 4

You are ready for your first post! Usually it’s a welcome post, explaining what the blog is about and your plans for the future.

STEP 5

You can stay with just text posts, but what really makes blogging amazing is the ability to add rich media, such as audio, photos, and video. To add sound and video directly to your blog, you generally have to pay, or host the media on another site, such as Blip.tv, Youtube.com, Vimeo.com, and Utterli.com, among others.

Resources:
http://www.bloggingbasics101.com/
http://www.bu.edu/mfeldman/blog/blogging101.html
http://technorati.com/blogs/top100
http://weblogtoolscollection.com/archives/2009/04/29/9-ways-to-make-your-wordpress-blog-smart/

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