Blogging Basics

A place to start: basics, blog lists, blog search engines, award-winning blogs, beat blogs, and some advice from JournalismNext.

WHAT IS A BLOG?
Term = web + log
Content-wise a blog can be whatever the author wants it to be. For this class, you will be creating a “beat blog” – a journalistic blog focused on a specific topic, geographic location or community.
Common Components:
-online journal with postings in reverse order
-headline
-post or entry
-images
-links
-time stamp
-permalink
-categories
-blogroll
-it generates a RSS feed

feed is a constantly updated information of what has been posted or commented on your blog. It’s the text without the design. WordPress offers a nice description of feeds.

COMMON TYPES OF BLOGS
Individual blogs, Political blogs, Aggregators, Group blogs, Photoblogs, Vlogs, Microblogs (ie Twitter)

SOME BIG NAME BLOGS
Technorati’s Top 100

BLOG SEARCH ENGINES
Google Blog Search

SOME AWARD WINNING BLOGS
The Bloggies

SOME PHILLY/NJ AREA BLOGS
Philebrity
uwishunu
Beerleaguer
Broad Street Review
Geekadelphia
Phawker
Philadelphia Bicycle News
The Art Blog
The700Level.com

EXPLORE SOME EXAMPLES OF NEWS BLOGS
NYTimes.com blog list
Philly.com blog list
NJ.com blog list

SOME ADVICE FROM JOURNALISM NEXT – Chapter 2

“Every college journalism student should have a blog. Period.”

“Eventually every working reporter with a beat will maintain a blog in addition to filing traditional stories. So if you’re hoping to get a job in journalism, you might as well start now.”

“A good blog is a continuing conversation.”

“Blogs are not magic. Be warned: writing a successful blog takes dedication and determination.”

“A blog can be beat journalism at its core.”

“You have to read blogs in order to write an effective blog.”

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