blogging tools and primers
This page discusses types, tools for the production of
blogs and some printed guides.
It covers -
- software for blogging
- printed guides for would-be bloggers
As of October 2001 we'd counted over forty tools for blogging;
the number has since grown. Four of the most prominent
are Blogger, Manila, LiveJournal and Weblogger. Other
tools are listed here.
promotes its services as "Push Button Publishing for the
People", predicting that "The Revolution Will Be Bloggerized".
It offers free automated publishing, with text being posted
to an existing site or a page that the developer will
host at the subscription/advertising-based blog*spot.
Authors typically use a Blogger template for layout of
the site. Adding an entry involves entering the text onto
a form at the Blogger site, which is then automatically
uploaded. Our office dog used Blogger for her blog; the
author's current blog is here.
is an initiative of the feisty Mr Winer. Weblogger
offers free publishing tools and commercial hosting, as
Competitors include the UK 20six,
and sundry iBlogs.
There is an introduction to Slash (as used in the collaborative
blog Slashdot) in Running Weblogs with Slash (Sebastopol:
O'Reilly 2002) by David Krieger & Brian Aker.
For readers rather than authors Spyonit
is a service offering an email alert when a specified
blog is updated.
Hosting specialists include Blogger's Blog*spot,
(which boasts, perhaps not entirely tongue-in-cheek, that
"You too can be an online exhibitionist").
The problematical Perseus survey highlighted on the preceding
page of this profile suggested that significant variation
in abandonment rates appeared to reflect which service
was being used. Pitas, BlogSpot and Diaryland supposedly
had above average abandonment rates; Xanga had an average
abandonment rate and LiveJournal had the lowest rate.
Assimilation of blogging by mainstream culture after 2004
saw a proliferation of primers, often more distinguished
by enthusiasm (and publisher opportunism) than real insights.
Those who prefer to consult text offline can explore The
Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice On Creating And Maintaining
Your Blog (New York: Perseus 2002) by Rebecca Blood
- "Finally a book for anyone who has ever thought
about starting a Weblog but wasn't sure what to post,
how to post, or even where to go to register" - or
the equally enthusiastic Blogging: Genius Strategies
for Instant Web Content (Indianapolis: New Riders
2002) by Biz Stone and Blog Wild: How Everyone Can
Go Blogging (New York: Portfolio 2006) by Andy Wibbels.
If you're inspired by notions of 'genius strategies' you
may well embrace claims that 'blogging for dollars'
Stone's Who Let the Blogs Out? : A Hyperconnected
Peek at the World of Weblogs (New York: St Martin's
2004) is even more delirious. We were more impressed by
the Reporters sans Frontiers 2005 Handbook for Bloggers
and Cyber-dissidents (here).
We've Got Blog: How Weblogs Are Changing Our Culture
(New York: Perseus 2002) edited by Rebecca Blood, Uses
of Blogs (London: Peter Lang 2006) edited by Axel
Bruns & Joanne Jacobs, We Blog: Publishing Online
with Weblogs (New York: Wiley 2002) edited by Paul
Bausch, Matthew Haughey & Meg Hourihan, The Corporate
Blogging Book: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
to Get It Right (New York: Penguin 2006) by Debbie
Weil, Publish and Prosper: Blogging for Your Business
(Indianapolis: New Riders Press 2006) by DL Byron &
Steve Broback, Blogging for Business: Everything You
Need to Know and Why You Should Care (New York: Kaplan
2006) by Shel Holtz & Ted Demopoulos and Blog On:
Building Online Communities with Web Logs (New York:
McGraw-Hill 2002) by Todd Stauffer are similar exercises
in digital boosterism.
Essential Blogging (Sebastopol: O'Reilly 2002)
edited by Shelley Powers covers software: Blogger, Radio
Userland, Movable Type and Blosxom.
The final page of this
profile offers a brief explanation of some blog jargon.
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