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Nov 5, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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What are weblogs?


Brief history of weblogs


Types of weblogs


What is
mobblogging
?


Examples of blogs


Locating blogs


Library & information services blogs


Content/features on blogs


How to create a blog



Weblogs are examples of the so
-
called Web2.0
phenomenon. The term Web2.0 was coined by Tim O'Reilly
of O’Reilly Media and
MediaLive

International. Web 2.0
applications are built for user
-
added content.


Before, a web manager added content to a website but
the exchange was one
-
way. Today, anyone with Internet
access can add content to a Blog, Wiki,
Facebook
,
Twitter

or other social networking sites.


Web 2.0 has been defined as
World Wide Web technology
and web design that aims to facilitate creativity,
information sharing, and, most
notabely
, collaboration.


Weblogs are part and parcel of the new emerging
technologies. As such they are in a state of flux, fluid,
constantly changing. This makes them difficult to define.


The basic blog is a Web page written like an online diary
documenting the author’s thoughts on a subject, perhaps
with links to bits of useful information and pictures.



The birth of weblogs dates back to the
years 1998/1999.


The popularity of blogging surged with
the arrival of the free Blogger software
(created by
Pyra

Labs in 1999).


Initially personal blogs were all the rage.
Then in 1998
-
1999 weblogs began to be
created by major newspapers as sources
of information e.g. The Guardian (UK)
and New York Times (USA).



Weblogs are created by individuals, organizations,
institutions, companies, professional associations,
universities, libraries and many other groups.


There are different ways of categorizing weblogs. Based
on content and purpose, there are 5 different types of
weblogs:


the personal thoughts entered in a diary format at times
accompanied by photos.


Interesting stuff found online with annotated links.


thought provoking comments


opinions about news and current
events or about just one issue, with the aim of getting a reaction
and perhaps creating change.


Family blogs which may or may not be accessible to the public.


information blogs


a way for people or organizations to share
information of various kinds.

There could of course be an overlap in the different categories of

weblogs. Weblogs can either be private (i.e. password protected

and accessible to a specific viewership) or public.



The word
moblog

is a combination of Mobile and
weBLOG
. It
can be defined as a posting of a weblog on the Internet using a
smartphone

.


Moblogs

generally use technology that enables the user to
publish to the Internet from a mobile platform. For example, the
Nokia 7710 has
moblogging

on the phone menu as it uses
special
Symbian

software to save SMS’s and photographs which
could then be blogged. These are specialized web sites which
allow the user to create and update a digital diary.


Moblogging

can also be used to send photographs or sound to
a conventional weblog using SMS or email from a
smartphone
.

Moblogging

is hyper
-
blogging. It’s blogging with instant
gratification. It’s blogging unplugged.”


The trend started in Japan where camera
-
phones and
multimedia messaging technology originated. Now the trend is
to tell the world what you had for breakfast, cool stuff you did at
the weekend and generally inundating your friends with trivia.


Moblogging

is simply a medium or a tool and could be used in a
myriad useful ways. For example, students are taking lecture
notes this way.



Family/Adventure Weblog




Here is an example of a personal weblog
that documents

an adventure holiday
journey on a bicycle
http://moroccocycle.blogspot.com



Where is
Raed
?


This is the online journal
of “Salam
Pax
”, the “Baghdad logger” of
the war in Iraq. The weblog entries
commence not long before the invasion
of Iraq and the weblog is still being
maintained. As a result of the weblog,
both Salaam
Pax

himself and his friend
Raed

have become Web celebrities.
http://dear_raed.blogspot.com/




Sheila Webber's Information Literacy
Weblog
http://information
-
literacy.blogspot.com/





2oceansvibe


is a Cape Town
-
based
weblog which won the Best Overall Blog
award at this year’s SA
Bloggie

awards. It
covers a huge amount of SA
-
related
topics.
www.2oceansvibe.com




There is no one comprehensive source of information
and no one directory or search engine that will lead
a reader to all relevant weblogs. Reason being that
the finding tools that do exist have different scope
and coverage and are organized differently.


Finding out about weblogs can be a matter of
serendipity. There is no one source of information
about all weblogs.


A number of search engines and directories (such as
Yahoo!) provide info about and lists of weblogs.


Some weblog creation sites like Blogger
www.blogger.com


maintain lists of weblogs that
have been created using their service. A few
specialist weblog search engines exist but they only
search a fraction of the weblogs available.



The Blog Directory
http://www.blogarama.com




Bloglines

http://www.bloglines.com


Bloglines

is a FREE online
service for searching, subscribing, creating and sharing news
feeds, blogs and rich web content.






Technorati

www.technorati.com/cosmos/search.html

only for
popular blogs



Blogfinder

www.blogfinder.com/

only for popular blogs



Globe of Blogs
www.globeofblogs.com/

only for popular blogs



Most search engines have

a feature to search for blogs e.g.
Google Blog Search.



Librarian.net


a library weblog
http://www.librarian.net/




Jessamyn

West’s blog provides comment
on current professional issues, discussion of
articles and reports and selected links.



Library Stuff
http://www.librarystuff.net/


Steven Cohen’s
blog dedicated to resources for keeping
current and professional development.



LISNews.com
http://lisnews.com/



This blog is a group
effort/collaborative effort maintained since 1999. It
covers a wide range of topics, but has some
specialized sections like intellectual property,
freedom of information, the Internet in libraries,
filtering and censorship, electronic publishing and
book news.



School Library Meeting Place
http://iaslonline.ning.com/

forms part of the IASL
website School Libraries Online and is a social
networking site covering events around the world
related to school librarianship.



Keansburg High School Library Blog
http://khslibrary.motime.com/



Pam Berger’s blog
http://www.infosearcher.com/



News & resources on Library 2.0 and the
information revolution by Judy O'Connell


http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/



SLA
http://www.sla.org.uk/sla
-
blog.php


1.
Name of the weblog

2.
Name of the library

3.
Date and time of posting of
items

4.
Short articles or news items

5.

Links to sources of articles or
news items

6.
Information about Internet
resources

7.
Archives for the weblog

8.
Links to the homepage of the
library

9.
Statement of aims or purpose
for the weblog

10.
RSS feed



Information about
functions/activities in the
library


Information about new
books/resources in the library



Address of the library


Search engine for the
weblog


News from the library (e.g.
about new staff)


Link to the library catalogue


Link to the home page of the
institution of which the library
is part


Links to other weblogs


Book reviews


Local community news



The majority of weblogs are created
using free software like
Blogger

that also
provides server space to house a weblog
so that it is publicly accessible on the
Net.


The blogging process is not too technical
but does require some basic knowledge
of FTP.


www.zazzle.de/weblog+anstecknadeln



BlogDrive

http://www.blogdrive.com/




MSN’s Spaces Blog service
http://spaces.msn.com




Word Press
http://wordpress.org




Blogger
http://www.blogger.com/


[purchased by
Google], provides a hosting option at
Blog*Spot


TypePad

http://www.sixapart.com/typepad/




Radio from
UserLand

Software
http://www.userland.com/