An Online Journalism Blog Stroll

A place to start: blog lists, blog search engines, metablogs, and award-winning blogs.

WHAT IS A BLOG?
Term = web + log
Basically it’s an online journal or diary.
Began about a decade ago. Bridge the gap between email and web pages.

Common Components:
-online journal with postings in reverse order
-look at elements
-headline
-post
-images
-links (be a source of useful information, even if it is not on your page – think yahoo vs. google)
-time stamp
-permalink
-categories
-blog roll
-it generates a feed

A Feed
A feed is constantly updated information of what has been posted or commented on your blog. It’s the text without the design.

When you post on your blog, you are creating a feed. To see it, type in YOUR URL/feed

WordPress offers a nice description of feeds.

For a free, web-based feed reader, try Bloglines or Google Reader.

SOME BIG NAME BLOGS
BoingBoing – a directory of “wonderful things”
Lifehacker – making life more productive
Mashable – online tech stuff
Drudge Report – political news and gossip
Huffington Post – political news and opinion
Post Secret – people’s secrets on postcards
i howd – how to do things
TMZ – celebrity gossip
PerezHilton – celebrity gossip
Deadspin – sports gossip
Gawker – NYC media gossip
The Bloggies Awards

Some obscure, but still influential blogs
God-o-Meter – religion in politics
Overheard in New York – random conversations
Chocolate and Zucchini – French food blog
I Love Typography – fonts, typefaces
Attack of the Redneck Mommy – parenting with an attitude
I Can Haz Cheeseburger – cute cat photos
Said The Gramophone – sampling of “good” music
Up in Alaska – “Alaska journalist who likes to bicycle in horrendous conditions and eat goldfish crackers and Pepsi for breakfast. ”
Confessions of the Pioneer Woman – 30-something ranch wife with literary flair
TV Newser – cable tv news
TVdecoder – cable tv news

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH JOURNALISM?
The CyberJournalist Blog List
Best Blogging Newspapers – a survey of the best
NY Times blogs
NYTimes tracking local elections from candidates blogs, websites, Twitter

Original Reporting:
Talking Points Memo – Joshua Marshall
Politico – DC politics
Footnoted – business fine print

Opinion:
DailyKos.com – left
Huffington Post – left
PowerLine – right
Instapundit – law prof in his pajamas
Eric Alterman – left/media

BLOG SEARCH ENGINES
Technorati – “what’s percolating in blogs now”
Technorati’s Top 100
Google Blog Search
Blogdigger
Blogs.com

COMMON TYPES OF BLOGS
Aggregators – ie Medlogs
Blog swarms or mob blogs
Group blogs – ie Consumerist
Photoblogs – ie Photoblogs.org or Best of 2008 Photoblogs (Smashing Magazine)
Vlogs – ie YouTube, Kyte.tv, 12seconds.tv, and Brothers 2.0
Microblogs – ie Twitter and how it was used in Mumbai

BLOGGER’S VOICE
“Great bloggers speak with informed, personal authority through an honest, lively voice. Their posts often engage readers in a productive conversation through comments posted to the blog. To write a great blog, write about what you know – your passion, well researched and reported. Employ the skills of a news columnist, crafting a personal, first-person voice that readers will find engaging, comfortable and honest. When you don’t know something, do not be afraid to admit it. Great bloggers see their posts as the first comment in a conversation, rather than the final word on that particular topic.” From the How to write for the Web Wiki by Robert Niles – Online Journalism Review

START YOUR OWN
WordPress
Blogger
OnSugar
etc

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