Blogging 101

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

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
-headline
-post or entry
-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 an RSS feed
-But the content can be whatever the blogger wants it to be.

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 the feed for the class blog, type in https://mbgjournalism.wordpress.com/feed

WordPress offers a nice description of feeds.

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

SOME BIG NAME BLOGS
Technorati’s Top 100
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
DailyKos.com – political commentary (left)
PowerLine – political commentary (right)

More obscure, but still influential blogs
Overheard in New York – random conversations
Chocolate and Zucchini – French food blog
I Love Typography – fonts, typefaces
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

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

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

AWARD WINNING BLOGS
The Bloggies

PHILLY/NJ AREA BLOGS
Philly.com blogs
NJ.com blog list
Philebrity
uwishunu
215 Magazine
Beer Lass
Beerleaguer
Broad Street Review
Broad&Market
Cheap Eats in Philly
Citizen Mom
City Girls World
Comic Vs Audience
Daily Candy
Design-Phandesignphiladelphia
Drink Philly
First Person Arts
Foobooz
Free Library Blog
Geekadelphia
Independence Visitor Center
Irish Philadelphia
Jefferson Square Park
Head TV
Kitchen Play
Leslie McDermott
Mac & Cheese Review
Malcolm X Park
McDuff’s Food & Wine Trail
Menu Pages Philadelphia
Metroblogging Philadelphia
NFT – Philadelphia
NMAJH Blog
Not For Tourists: Philadelphia
Oh Joy! (local finds)
Phawker
Philadelphia Bicycle News
PhilaFoodie
Philebrity
Philebrity TV
Philly Future
Philly Nightlife Gay
PhillyBlog
phillyskyline.com
PhillyStyleMag
Savvy Grouse
Straight From The Farm
Streettalkin
The Art Blog
The Clog
The700Level.com
TheIlladelph
Unbreaded
Urban Vegan
Used Wigs

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