Why blog?






What's a blog?

A Blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.

Let's look at the pieces of a blog by looking at David Warlick's blog and Will Richardson's blog.



How many blogs are there, really?

Over 70 million as of April 2007.
184 million as of April 2008 (Universal McCann Wave 3, 2008)
Technorati tracks the State of the Blogosphere every year.



A Global View of Blogs


Who's reading blogs? (Universal McCann Wave 3, 2008)
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What kinds of blogs are they reading?(Universal McCann Wave 3, 2008)
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Who's writing blogs? (Universal McCann Wave 3, 2008)
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What do they write about? (Universal McCann Wave 3, 2008)
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Thinking about blogging


What type of content is in a post?
• Instructional • Informational • Reviews • Lists • Interviews • Case Studies • Profiles • Link Posts • Problem Post • Contrasting Two Options • Rant • Inspirational • Research • Collaboration • Prediction and Review • Critique • Debate • Hypothetical • Satirical • Memes and Projects

What is the purpose of the blog?
• Promotional • Informational • Persuasive • Editorial • Provocative • Collaborative
10 Ways to use your edublog to teach
How you can use your edublog to start conversations



Blog Review
Your Task
    • What kind of content is posted?
    • What is the purpose of this blog?
    • Who is the intended audience?
    • What kind of media is embedded?
    • What did I like or dislike about this blog?




Debrief






Plan your blog
Who is your intended audience?
What is the purpose of your blog? Personal? Professional? Instructional? Collaborative?
What kind of media are you interested in using?
What would you like your blog to be called?



Edublogs - a free web-based blog service specifically for educators; video tutorials and helpful support forums make this a terrific site. Let's start a blog!

Your task
- Start a blog
- Post at least two posts
- Embed some media in a post or in your column(s)
- Blog design and options
- Comment on someone else's blog, being sure to leave your blog's address


Our Blogs

(I'll link your blogs here)

One of the most powerful ideas in blogging is the comment. Choose one of the blogs from this workshop above or one of the blogs you explored earlier and leave a comment in response to a post.




Cool plugins and widgets....
divshare
- a web-based repository for photos, videos, documents - this comes in handy if you have multiple blogs or wikis and want to use the same information in several sites.