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What is a blog?


"Blog" is short for Weblog, and it simply means an online journal. Blogs can be personal or business-related, or even a mix of the two. Here is a great article (provided by library staffer Ann Berry) with some interesting facts about the state of the world of blogs (also known as the "blogosphere"): Technorati State of the Blogosphere 2008


Examples of Libraries and Librarians Using Blogs


Tony Tallent's Blog

BPL's new director has his own blog. As you'll see, it's a mixture of the personal and the professional. Lots of food for thought here....


Westerville (OH) Public Library's Adult Services Blog

Here's one well-respected public library's blog for all things in library adult services.


New York Public Library Blog

Talk about an interesting mix! NYPL lets multiple staffers contribute to its eclectic blog.



Grab yourself a blog in 3 steps


Now that you’ve done some exploring around this wiki and understand how this program will work, it’s time to setup your very own personal blog to begin recording your thoughts, discoveries and exercises in. For this program, try Blogger*, a popular free online blog hosting service that is extremely easy to use.


Creating a blog using Blogger takes just three steps: 

  1. Create an account
  2. Name your blog (view screenshot)
  3. Select your template (view screenshot)


Once you’ve created your blog here are two important things to know: 

  • To add posts: The maintenance interface that you will use to add posts or edit your blog is accessed online at http://www.blogger.com Be sure to write down your login and password.
  • To view your blog: Your blog address is http://(xxxx).blogspot.com, (xxxx)=the unique identifier you entered in Step 2. Be sure to also write down your blog address.


If you run into problems or would like more information about blogs and using Blogger, have a look at Blogger’s Quick Tutorial.


If you'd like to learn about creating "vlogs" (video blogs), check out Freevlog’s Setup a Videoblog.


OK -- Now, it’s your turn...


Discovery Exercise


  1. Setup a blog for yourself through Blogger.
  2. Add a test post or two.

    Note: Use one of your test posts to create an entry about the two articles you read in the Introduction to Web 2.0 and Library 2.0.  Have fun!!!!


Tracking Your Progress


You've just completed exercise 2...that wasn't so hard after all!  Don't forget to send an email to beckert@bouldercolorado.gov (that's Terzah) to get credit for your work, noting whether you give permission to list your blog on the Staff Blogs page for others to peruse (if you'd rather keep yours private, that's fine, too--but please say either way).  Starting with this exercise, you also need to include in your email the URL for the permanent link to each of your blog posts that capture your thoughts, comments, or findings about your discovery process. And depending upon the Blogger template that you selected, the permanent link for each individual post can be found either through the post’s title or through a link in the post's footer area the contains the date.





Here is where you would find the perma link for this sample blog post.  To copy this perma link, click on the date, then copy the URL that appears in the address bar at the top of your browser, and paste it into your email.  The URL is the web address that starts with http://www...



Click on this link to see actual post.




Practice: Click on the time stamp for different posts in the sample blog post and you will see how the URL changes for each post. 


IMPORTANT NOTE: How you choose to identify yourself on your blog is your choice. You can blog under a screen name, anonymously, or as yourself. However, in order to qualify for the certificate and prize drawing, you will need to send permanent links to your individual blog posts to beckert@bouldercolorado.gov.


* Use of Blogger is only a recommendation. If there is another blog hosting site that you are more comfortable with, please feel free to use it. Another popular free blogging tool is WordPress.com. 


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