Anatomy of a Blog Posting





Cheatsheet for newbie bloggers


Blogosphere - entire blogging community
Moblog - mobile blogging via phone / PDA
Permalink - permanent link to blog post
Trackback - incoming links to a blog post
RSS - Really Simple Syndication (of content)

Top Ten tips for Writing Good Blog Posts

Blogs in Education

Teaching with Blogs

Compiled via Wikipedia

What is a blog?
A weblog or blog is a web-based publication of periodic articles (posts), usually presented in reverse chronological order. It is an online journal with one or many contributors.

Besides straight text and hyperlinks, some blogs specialize in incorporating other forms of media such as images (e.g. photoblog), video (e.g. videoblogging), or a particular theme. Many bloggers that otherwise stick to text may use audioblogging to be able to phone in or otherwise post spoken entries on their blogs (e.g. podcasting.)

Difference from traditional sites

Blogs differ from traditional web sites in that, rather than being composed of many individual pages connected by hyperlinks, they are composed of a few templates (usually Main Page, Archive Page, and Individual Article/Item Page), into which content is fed from a database. This provides many advantages over traditional sites, including:

  • it allows for easy creation of new pages, since new data is entered into a simple form (usually with Title, Category, and the body of the article), and then submitted. The templates take care of adding the article to the home page, creating the new full article page (permalink), and adding the article to the appropriate date or category-based archive
  • it allows for easy filtering of content for various presentation, like by date, category, author, or one of many other attributes
  • most blog platforms allow the administrator to invite and add other authors, whose permissions and access are easily managed

Creating Blogs

Since their introduction, a number of software packages have appeared to allow people to create their own weblog. Blog hosting sites and Web services to provide editing via the Web have proliferated. Common examples include Blogger and LiveJournal.

Many more advanced bloggers prefer to generate their blogs by using server-side web applications such as Nucleus CMS, Movable Type, bBlog, WordPress, Drupal, b2evolution, boastMachine, Antville, and Textpattern to publish on their own website or a third party site, or to host a group of blogs for a company or school. Such programs provide greater flexibility and power, but require more knowledge. If they provide a Web interface for editing, server-based systems make it easy for travelers to create and edit text; many travelers like to produce their travelblogs from Internet cafes while they travel around the globe.

Introduction to Blogging

Full-day Tutorial

Blogs (web logs) are a mainstream fact of life these days — newspapers host them, researchers cite them, and political candidates hire people to write them.

They're a powerful tool for disseminating and discussing knowledge, and the networks they form are already more important for identifying and nurturing communities than the far-older forms of the newsgroup, the mailing list, and the bulletin board system.

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, 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).

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.

Technical Details

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.