What in the blog-gone world?

According to Wikipedia, a blog is a user-generated website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order. What does that mean exactly? Well, it's an easily updated website that allows for free flow conversations through commenting. The Support Blogging wiki has more on what a blog is... read more...



Blog Anatomy 101 (click to enlarge)
Blog Anatomy 101 (click to enlarge)

Anatomy of a Blog

Blogs are made up of some key features that differentiate them from static web sites.

Posts
Posts are entries from the author(s) and are the meat of the blog. They are where the conversations start. A blog post is anywhere from a few sentences to several paragraphs.

Comments
Comments are where the conversation continues.

Hyperlinks
Using hyperlinks within blog posts, authors can connect ideas, resources and credit authors from other blogs. The use of links is important for adding value and connecting others to your blog. By posting a link (a trackback) to another blogger's post on a subject you are referencing creates a "link" in the conversation chain and many times automatically adds a comment on that bloggers post.

RSS Feed
RSS Button
RSS Button
Sometimes the "800-lb Gorilla", the RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feed is the foundation for many Web 2.0 tools, including blogs. RSS allows readers to subscribe to your blog and get "fed" updates almost as soon as you publish content. Hence the word "feed". Using an RSS aggregator (such as Google Reader, Bloglines, Netvibes, Pageflakes, and more) readers can keep up-to-date without actually having to visit your site. Cool, huh?



Blogs in Education

Teacher Blogs
Teacher/professional blogs provide the author with a venue to share, discuss and reflect on experiences teaching and learning. Some examples are:
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Classroom Blogs
Classroom blogs are desgined to build a community of learners and to provide a space for classes

Students Blogs
Students are sometimes leading the march when it comes to technology and blogging...

Administrator Blogs
Not to be left out, administrators are joining the fray and blogging about their experiences in administrating to students, teachers and the school community.


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Getting On With It

Once you are set to begin, you may want to check out Konrad Glogowski's How to Grow a Blog for some thoughtful tips. See the image to the right for a glimpse of where to start.

Where to Start:
Free blog hosting sites: