Blogging - Online Article

BLOGGING It's a passion,......not a job

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It has been the nature of humans to socialize with others. Initially it was verbal but technology brought several innovative aids for this purpose. Writing and printing on papers followed by newspapers gave us the information in large quantities. The advent of electronics saw the coming up of the radio and T.V systems, which allow remote transfer of information.

Internet made a quantum leap in information sharing, remote learning and other related activities. We have e-seminars, e-conferences, webinars and digital libraries. This improved the learning speed of the human specie at a higher pace.

The next jump in socialization is the arrival with a bang of blogging. Webs are there, instant messaging is possible, so next logical step is web blogging.

Blogs come in different forms and orientations - political, personal, cultural, topical, business oriented, science, moblog (i.e mobile blog), educational.....and endless fields you can think about. Some define blog as "A blog has certain attributes that distinguish it from a standard web page. It allows for easy creation of new pages, automated templates take care of adding the article to the home page creating a Permalink." In countries like ours where we are great at simply mastering the technology, rather than applying it efficiently to our own needs-we are probably missing the point here too. Blogs have the capability to improve the citizen, simply because entry barriers are so low, and its easy to express oneself on them.

What makes blogs so unpredictable, readable, and influential? This is what the mainstream media's Hindustan Times recently commented: "That blogs would one day become an alternative media and truly liberate the media and become democratic in the right sense of the word was never doubtful. What was doubtful was that so called "intellectuals" in traditional media react the way they did to no media."

What is a BLOG?

A weblog, or blog is a frequently updated website consisting of dated entries arranged in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first.
-- Jill Walker

Anyone can post his\her ideas on the internet without having a pinch of knowledge about the HTML or any other web authoring tools. Virginia Montecino in introduction to internet terminology writes, "With a blog, any information entered is immediately published on the web site it represents."

What does RSS means?

RSS stands for 'Rich Site Summary'. It also stands for really simple syndication. This is an XML format for sharing content among different Web sites such as news items. A web site can allow other sites to publish some of its content by creating an RSS document and register that with an RSS publisher.

What are FEEDREADERS?

It is a lightweight open-source aggregator that supports RSS and ATOM formats. To be able to access RSS feeds from different blogs that provide them, one need to download a feed reader on their computers, which are available in bulk in the market as well as the net. A web based free service called bloglines can also be used to subscribe to different RSS feeds from variety of blogs when available. Feeds when available are indicated by XML or RSS icons. When using bloglines, downloading of a feed reader is not required and thus feeds from blogs can be accessed from anywhere.

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Time to check: are you using the right blogging tool.....?

Before the fun of posting about earthquakes or political squabbles can start, every new blog going to be published faces the problem of selecting, installing and configuring blog software. The array of possible options and configurations varies widely. There are two type of blog software available to the hopeful blog publisher.

  • Hosted blog software
  • Independent blog software

Hosted blog is the one where all data and the publishing interface reside on the server of the blogging software company. And the alternative one the independent software must be downloaded from the blogging software company and installed on the web server. In both cases the blog is set up and controlled by a database that handles the post and the way they must be sliced.

Blogging jargons

There are certain jargons used in the field of blogging, what so ever package you have installed on your system. Here is a short glossary of log technology:

Post: every time you put an update on your blog, you create a post, or we can say that you can post to your blog. These are sometimes called as entries.

Comments: whenever you post a blog the readers intend to leave a note of appreciation, criticism, updating and similar grounds. These all entries are called comments.

Comment spam: the major problem for blogs is the spam, as these are in the emails. The comment may consist of the links to several other sites which you are not interested in at all. This leads to the increase in the size of the comment and load on the system as wall.

Categories: categories permit a blogger to subdivide content, putting posts about the politics into one block and entertainment into other block. This is the most important tool of the blogging software.

Pings: There are several blogging tracking web sites where you can search for other blogs and recent posts.

Moblogging: lots of blogging software allows you to post by email from your phone, PDA, or anything that sends mail.

Blacklist: this is the list of those URLs that have been identified as the spam, and are deleted from the comments from your blog. The s/w companies maintain a blacklist with the help of the bloggers for the interest of users.

Captchas: these are the additional security features for commenting and user registration by providing the blogger any image that includes number and characters and by requiring the user to type in that serial to eliminate the computer generated spam.

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Blog software comparison chart

Functionality Blogger Typepad
Basic
Typepad
Plus
Typepad
Pro
Blog
Ware
WordPress Movable
Type
Expression Engine
Comments Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Categories No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sub-Categories No No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Trackbacks No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pings No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RSS No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes yes
Atom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Search No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blogroll No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
No. of Blogs Unlimited 1 3 Unlimited 1 1 Determine by license Unlimited
New Aggregation No No No No Yes No No Yes

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What makes a blog shine.....?

Some ways to make your blog from good to great....

  1. Write in your own voice.
  2. Maintain clarity and simplicity.
  3. Be informative.
  4. Fix a schedule and stick to it.
  5. Connect with and empower readers.
  6. Keep it current.
  7. Keyword-rich.
  8. You are a member of a (not "the") blogging community.
  9. Spell checking and proof-reading.
  10. Add podcasts and video blogs.
  11. Your log needs credibility.
  12. Get your own domain.
  13. Get your custom email.
  14. Publish your URL in stationeries.
  15. Add a blogroll.
  16. Ping.
  17. Provide RSS feeds.
  18. Add Meta tags.
  19. Comment on other sites.

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