Technology Tuesday/Web Wednesday Archive

An archive of the TT/WW sessions 2000-2007

What is a blog?

According to Wikipedia, “a blog is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are 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.”
How Common Craft describes a blog:
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How can I use blogs?

  • Class (post assignments, provide additional information, etc.)
  • Clubs (events calendar, RSS feed, files for members of the group, etc.)
  • Share your interest in a topic or group of topics
  • Keep a portfolio of your work
  • Share information with friends and family

A closer look at the PSCC Blog Site

Address: http://blogs.pstcc.edu (no www!)
  • Create an account by visiting the site and logging in
  • Change the look and feel by choosing a new theme
  • Control who can view and comment on your blog under Settings
  • Create/edit posts from your dashboard
  • When working with media, it’s better to use external sites for storage and link to it on your blog – Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, and others.
  • WP’s new automatic media embedding makes it SO much easier to embed videos and photos now – http://codex.wordpress.org/Embeds
  • Extend the basic functionality of your blog through plugins – some of the coolest are:
    • Flickr Manager – easily insert your Flickr images into blog posts
    • Subscribe 2 – allow users to subscribe via email to your updates
    • Share This – visitors can share posts on a variety of social bookmarking sites
    • Share This on Facebook
    • WPMU Polls
    • WordPress Mobile Edition
    • Backing up and moving your blog – check out import/export options under Tools
Tools that make your job easier!
  • Press This (bookmark) – found under the tools heading
  • Scribefire plugin for Firefox/Chrome –
  • Additional mobile blogging apps available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry phones
  • Create a book of your blog – BookSmart from Blurb & Anthologize plugin

Other Alternatives

If you want to have a personal blog rather than something at Pellissippi. Here are some other alternatives
You have a blog that is Hosted for you by a service. Most are free but they might have ads on them
  • WordPress.com – same software we use here
  • Blogger.com – owned by Google now
  • Posterous.com – very easy to post – you can post by email even!
  • Tumblr.com – also very easy to use for microblogging or capturing videos, etc to share
  • Twitter (micro-blogging, VERY micro as you can only have 140 characters per post)
  • Yammer (much like Twitter but you can control the membership of groups by email address domain so it is good for companies, etc)
  • Edublogs – same software as here but offers free blogs for educators and students. Ads are embedded, though.
You also download blogging software and run a blog that is Self Hosted. This gives you complete control of how the site operates. Blogging software options include:
  • WordPress – what we use here
  • Joomla – a content management system
  • Drupal – another content management system
  • Expression Engine – another content management system but it is not free
  • Moveable Type – what we used to use here. Powers LiveJournal