Intro to Blogs Workshop @ ETC today!

Class Blogging: Benefits

As part of my ongoing Web 2.0 Workshop series, today I’ll be introducing University at Buffalo’s faculty to the world of blogging.

Unlike most presentations which focus on blogging as a writing process, I’ll be adding a component that is very part of the blogging process… Reading blogs. Just as important to writing, is knowing what’s going on out there. What better way to do it than to demo Bloglines and show attendees how bloggers are able to read dozens of blogs in one sitting. I’ll be using Preetam Rai’s great tutorial on Using Bloglines for this component of the workshop.

After showing them how to read blogs (via RSS subscription), I’ll show them how to write their own blogs using Blogger.com. Note that my choice of starting people off with blogger.com lies in the fact that it only has a 10min signup time vs. other blog systems.

If you’re interested in this workshop, you can watch the screencast (about 2hrs), download the Powerpoint presentation (6mb) or PDF handout (2mb). Read more below if you want to get a sequential list of references I used for the presentation.


INTRODUCTION
Technorati Weblog: State of the Blogosphere, February 2006
http://technorati.com/weblog/2006/02/81.html

EXAMPLES OF SCHOLARLY BLOGS
Dr. Alex Halavais
http://alex.halavais.net

Carolyn Hurley
http://www.schoolof.info/carolynhurley/

Kevin Lim (That’s me!)
https://theory.isthereason.com

THE SOFT-SIDE OF BLOGGING
The Blogging Process (via Dave PollardÔÇÖs blog)
http://blogs.salon.com/0002007/2003/07/30.html#a346

Wikipedia’s entry on “Blogs”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog

Why We Blog?
Nardi, B.A., Schiano, D.J., Gumbrecht, M., & Swartz, L. (2004). Why we blog. Communications of the
Association for Computing Machinery, 47(12), 41-46
http://www.darrouzet-nardi.net/bonnie/pdf/Nardi_why_we_blog.pdf

THE HARD-SIDE OF BLOGGING
Anatomy of a Blog (via Contentious.com)
http://contentious.com/archives/2005/08/22/anatomy-of-a-blog-posting

The Language of Blogging (Blog Terminologies)
http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=15000

WHAT IS RSS AND HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO THEM?
Kevin’s “Explaining RSS” diagram
http://www.flickr.com/photos/inju/97426906/

RSS newsreader for Mac: NetNewsWire
http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/

RSS newsreader for Windows: SharpReader
http://www.sharpreader.net/

RSS newsreader for Linux: Straw
http://www.nongnu.org/straw/

Web-based RSS newsreader: Bloglines
http://www.bloglines.com

Using Bloglines (via Preetam Rai)
http://preetamrai.com/weblog/archives/2005/04/25/bloglines-how-to-keep-track-of-
hundreds-of-blogs-and-some-news-and-some-podcasts-and-some-flickrs-photos-etc-etc/

Ten Points on Blogs & RSS newsfeeds (via Rambling Librarian)
http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com/2005/04/10-points-on-blogs-rss-newsfeeds.html

SIGNING UP WITH BLOGGER.COM
Blog Software Comparison
http://www.ojr.org/ojr/images/blog_software_comparison.cfm (expired)
http://startbloggingonline.com/blog-platform-comparison-chart/

Redmonk – Start a Blog (using Blogger)
http://www.redmonk.com/wiki/index.php?title=Start_a_Blog_(Using_Blogger)

Additional Blogger Templates
http://blogger-templates.blogspot.com/

GETTING STARTED WITH BLOGGING
Handbook for Bloggers & Cyber-Dissidents (via Reporters without Borders)
http://www.rsf.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=542

RELATED REFERENCES
Educational Blog Links
http://science.uniserve.edu.au/school/tutes/blogs/

What makes a Weblog a Weblog?
http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/whatMakesAweblogAweblog

A Beginner’s Guide to Trackbacks
http://www.movabletype.org/trackback/beginners/

HOW TO: Getting Started with RSS
http://www.paulstamatiou.com/2005/11/13/how-to-getting-started-with-rss/

Technorati: What is RSS
http://www.technorati.com/help/faq.html#whatrss

Blogs & Wikis: contributing to the e-dialog
Recordings of an ETC Discussion Forum held on September 28th, 2005, provided by Professor Alex Halavais

Weblogs and collaborative web publishing as learning spaces. Halavais, A. (In press). In J. Weiss, J. Nolan, and P. Trifonas (Eds.), International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments. Springer.

Communities of practice: Learning, meaning, and identity. Cambridge University Press. Wenger, E. (1998).

10 thoughts on “Intro to Blogs Workshop @ ETC today!

  1. Thanks for the interest guys! I just finished a 2hr (no-break) workshop marathon juggling both theoretical and technical concepts on blogging. Whew! Feel free to reuse this presentation for your institution. A small credit link back here would be awesome!

  2. Elia: Took me a while to figure out, but I guess you’re referring to spell-check aren’t you? Yes, lots of words not in the MS dictionary ­čśŤ

  3. You should take a screenshot of your post on google’s “GBuy” as an example of blogs and use it for your workshop ­čśŤ

    Btw, what is your audience group for the workshop you conducted on?

  4. BTW have you had a chance to check out the New Yorker, they have an interesting cover piece on Blogs and Bloggers and the economics behind them all.

    Be back blogging soon.

    DK

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