Blog Workshop Links

These links represent some of the websites I talked about in my Brown Bag Seminar, Blogging For Business, presented on May 5th at Moorpark Library:

Getting Started: What is, blog search engines, blogging platforms, rss aggregators(blog/RSS/feed readers).

  • Wikipedia: Blog – Pretty good survey of blogs and blogging. But it’s Wikipedia, so read with care.
  • PBS.org: What Exactly is a Blog, Anyway? – Casual post introducing blogs to novices. Intended for teachers, but useful for all. Be sure to read the comments.
  • YouTube: Blogs in Plain English(leelefever) – Fast-paced video giving some background on blogs as “news”-feeds. Worthwhile for beginners.
  • Harvard Weblogs: What makes a weblog a weblog? – 2003 article about how a blog is different from a conventional website. Goes in-depth with terms and concepts.
  • Doug Williams’s Blogging Terms – A large glossary of blog-related terms. Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference.
  • Google Blog Search – The biggie of regular search also has a targeted blog search.
  • Technorati – Popular blog search using an interesting algorithm based on user tags and trackbacks for “Authority.”
  • BlogScope – Blog search engine boasting a visualization feature.
  • Bloglines – Blog search engine and popular RSS reader.
  • WhosTalkin? – Searches different social media sources including blogs.
  • WordPress – free, open-source blogging platform. Can be hosted on their server, or one of your choice.
  • Blogger – Google’s blogging platform. Free. Gives you more design capability when hosted on their server.
  • Typepad – Another popular blogging platform, though not free.
  • Movable Type – Yet another blogging platform.
  • Google Reader – The web-based RSS aggregator I use to read blogs. Requires a free Google account.
  • Newsgator – Popular free RSS aggregator application, not web-based.
  • FeedReader3 – Free RSS aggregator application that also requires you to download it onto your computer.
  • About.com: Top 10 Windows RSS Feed Readers and News Aggregators – A listing of ten RSS readers, some of which are already mentioned here.
  • Wikipedia: List of Aggregators – An overwhelming list of blog readers divided by categories. See it just to get a sense of how many choices one has.

How-To: build a better blog, basics of starting, blogging philosophy, analytic tools.

Notable Company Blogs – specific company blogs, pages that list company blogs.

  • Google Blog – Of course the world’s foremost search engine must have one.
  • Consumerist – Not actually a company blog. Instead one that makes questionable companies nervous. An example of how blogging empowers consumers.
  • Inside Nike Running – Mostly adverts for Nike events with the occasional running tip thrown in.
  • Your Friendly Neighborhood Computer Guy – Matt is starting a computer repair business. His blog is advertising his services, offering advice for fellow entrepreneurs, and helping him explore the ins-and-outs of being the computer guy. I’m a computer guy so I can relate.
  • Kodak 1000 Words – Portrayed as almost a family blog of Kodak employees with, of course, lots of photos, and a definite ‘focus’ on Kodak(sorry, had to) the shaping the brand.
  • Check-Out: Where the Lanes are All Open – Wal-Mart’s informal blog has individuals posting their views on Wal-Mart products and other random thoughts. Not necessarily reviews, either. This is one to look at for ideas for your company blog.
  • Nuts About Southwest – The place to meet Southwest employees, see pictures of planes and other multimedia, and enjoy irreverent adverts for Southwest flights, etc.
  • Fortune 500 Business Blogging Wiki – Links to Fortune 500 companies with blogs. Great place to go for examples of company blogs.
  • ReadWriteWeb: Nine Company Blogs That Are Fun For Anyone to Read – List and review of nine(and some), mostly technology and web-related, companies with nice blogs.

These links are current as of April 21st, 2009. Feel free to…

…include other relevant and/or useful links with a small annotation in the comments.

…let me know if any of these are dead links.

…link to this list.

…e-mail me to let me know that you’re linking to the list or using it.

…inform me of other such lists.

This entry was posted in Computing, Librarianship, Looking Elsewhere and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Blog Workshop Links

  1. Well, now I know where to send people who want info on blogging! You’re a man of many talents, Oleg!

  2. OLEG says:

    Thanks Laurie. Will be glad to receive anyone you send.

  3. Dorothy says:

    Kia ora
    Thank you for mentioning my slideshare (Manaiakalani) for using blogger to start a blog!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>