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Introduction to Blogging
This tutorial is for people who are interested in blogs, may
have read some, and perhaps have even started one - but seek a
more detailed understanding, some advice, and some hands-on
experience. The morning will be an introduction to
blogging. We'll talk about what makes a blog, some of the history
of blogs, and some of the different types of blogs are out
there. We'll see blogs used in academic research, knowledge
management in business and for breaking news. We'll see personal
blogs driven by diverse concerns ranging from socializing to
tracking an obsession with cell-phone photography. We'll talk
about some of the tools for blogging (e.g., Movable Type, Blogger,
Tinderbox, Blosxom, LiveJournal, de.lico.us) and their differing
strengths and emphases. We'll look at blog standards such as
Trackback, RSS, the Blogger API, and Atom. We'll look at blog
community building and analysis tools (e.g., Technorati, Blogdex,
Blogrolling) and aggregation tools (from Blagg to Meerkat). We'll
discuss related developments such as wikis, the larger field of
In the afternoon we'll go hands-on with the topics discussed in the morning, get down to practical advice about blogging personally or as part of your work, and provide the opportunity for tutorial attendees who are SIGWeb members to start blogs that they can keep going after the conference ends. The hands-on session will involve composing a blog entry, posting and editing it using different blog tools, and making connections between individual entries and different blogs. The practical advice discussion will focus on different approaches to blogging, setting realistic expectations for yourself and your audience, and making blogging (and blog reading) a help in your work/research rather than a chore.
Finally, attendees who don't yet have them will create their own blogs, and will be guided in how to use them as stand-alone entities or integrate blog functions into an existing web page.
The tutorial's guest speaker, Mark Bernstein, will discuss and
demonstrate notetaking and blogging tool Tinderbox (of which he is
the primary author) as well as share his tips for
For the hands-on session, attendees need to have (laptop) computers that can connect to the wireless network at the conference.
Attendees need only to know how to use a web browser and text editor, although a basic understanding of markup languages (e.g., HTML) would also be beneficial.
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