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Blogging

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Definition: 

Blogs (web logs) are online diaries.  Scholars are using blogs to communicate initial research results, try out ideas, reach audiences beyond academia, and more.  To encourage conversation and interaction, blogging software typically provides tools for commenting, blogrolls (links to other blogs the author likes), RSS feeds (for subscriptions), etc.  You can download and install blogging software on your own server, or pursue a hosted solution. 

 

Tools (Developer-Hosted):

  • Anthologize: "transforms WordPress 3.0 into a platform for publishing electronic texts. Grab posts from your WordPress blog, import feeds from external sites, or create new content directly within Anthologize. Then outline, order, and edit your work, crafting it into a single volume for export in several formats, including—in this release—PDF, ePUB, TEI" (Open source, Word Press plug-in)
  • Blogger [Review]: a blogging site accessible through your Google account; includes features like comments, access controls, and blogger profiles (Free, web-based)
  • EduBlogs: a blogging site that "hosts hundreds of thousands of blogs for teachers, students, researchers, professors, librarians, administrators and anyone and everyone else involved in education" (Free, web-based) [Review/ reflection]
  • LiveJournal: a website that serves as both a blogging community and a personal journal (Free, web-based)
  • TypePad: a paid blogging service designed for professional use (Commercial, web-based)
  • WordPress [Review]: free hosted blogging solution that uses excellent open source blogging software.
  • Tumblr: a blog that "lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors, to your theme's HTML. Even use your own domain name." (Free, web-based)
  • Posterous: a simple way to put anything online using email. Post text, photos, audio, and files (Free, web-based)

 

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