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.
Technorati Weblog: State of the Blogosphere, February 2006
EXAMPLES OF SCHOLARLY BLOGS
Dr. Alex Halavais
Kevin Lim (That’s me!)
THE SOFT-SIDE OF BLOGGING
The Blogging Process (via Dave Pollard’s blog)
Wikipedia’s entry on “Blogs”
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
THE HARD-SIDE OF BLOGGING
Anatomy of a Blog (via Contentious.com)
The Language of Blogging (Blog Terminologies)
WHAT IS RSS AND HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO THEM?
Kevin’s “Explaining RSS” diagram
RSS newsreader for Mac: NetNewsWire
RSS newsreader for Windows: SharpReader
RSS newsreader for Linux: Straw
Web-based RSS newsreader: Bloglines
Ten Points on Blogs & RSS newsfeeds (via Rambling Librarian)
SIGNING UP WITH BLOGGER.COM
Blog Software Comparison
Redmonk – Start a Blog (using Blogger)
Additional Blogger Templates
GETTING STARTED WITH BLOGGING
Handbook for Bloggers & Cyber-Dissidents (via Reporters without Borders)
Educational Blog Links
What makes a Weblog a Weblog?
A Beginner’s Guide to Trackbacks
HOW TO: Getting Started with RSS
Technorati: What is RSS
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).