Wisconsin Blog Talk: "A Look into the World of Blogging"
9/8/04 , posted by j
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
This presentation is on the Web at: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/jkbaumga/stories/storyReader$1635.
My notes from this presentation, including some questions people asked and my responses to them, are at: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/jkbaumga/stories/storyReader$1671.
My experience with blogging: I’ve been blogging since April 2003 and now blog on eight blogs, including four collaborative blogs, four personal blogs, and four secret blogs. These blogs run on three platforms: Manila, Blogger, and Frassle. This blog runs on Manila. You are looking at an item in the stories section, a place usually reserved for longer posts. The front page of my blog is elsewhere.
Librarians should care about blogs for at least two big reasons: blogs are a great communication tool for both internal and external purposes and blogs are sources of information.
I. What is a weblog?
- Definitions vary
- Blog software enables easy updating of Web pages, bloggers don’t necessarily have to know HTML
- There are many different kinds of blogs, different kinds of platforms for blogging
- Can blog on the Web, on an intranet, etc.
II. How do People Use Blogs?
- Why blog:
- Knowledge management
- Annotated list of links
- Networking, fostering community
- Why read blogs
III. What Libraries, Academia, Legal Professionals, and Corporations are doing with Blogs
- Inform library users
- Communication tool among staff members
- Blogs for classes
- Law libraries, firms, and lawyers
- Corporations and businesses
- More corporations are encouraging blogging
- Seems popular in the tech sector
- Jonathan Schwartz, president of Sun Microsystems
IV. Feeds and Aggregators
- Many blogs and Web sites distribute content using a feed
- Two kinds of feeds: RSS and Atom
- Aggregators read feeds
- The difference between reading a feed and a site
- Learn more about RSS
- Learn more about aggregators
V. How to Find Blogs and Feeds
- Some general Internet search engines
- Special search engines targeted toward blogs and feeds
- Professional colleagues
- Other blogs
- Several sources say Business Blog Consulting is a good place to find business blogs
- LIS Feeds (feeds from sources about library and information science)
VI. How to Start Blogging
- Think about what you want to blog/need from a blog and select appropriate software for the task.
- This is not necessarily easy. It’s similar to picking library automation software or an archiving system.
- Blog platforms may be similar, but they aren’t the same.
- More details about picking blog software
- Take some time to really learn about the system you choose.
- Find out your support options: discussion list, superusers, help desk, etc.
- Market your blog
- Start casting those bottles into the ocean (I’m being figurative here. I’m not advocating for pollution.)
VII. Blogs at Harvard
- Weblogs at Harvard Law, the Harvard blog host
- Where to go to get your blog if you have an e-mail address affiliated with Harvard
- Thursday Meetings at Berkman a group for bloggers and those interested in blogging
- Directory of Harvard-hosted weblogs
Center for Design Informatics at the Graduate School of Design
- computer support people at Berkman –>