Blogging and Introduction

What is a Blog?
A blog is a form of web diary or journal in which an author publishes to other like minded bloggers within a networked online community sometimes referred to as the Blogosphere.

They use Really Simple Syndication (RSS) as the syndication/distribution model so that the blog can be subscribed to and the posts can be read using software called a "feed reader" or an aggregator.

Useful Links
  1. Blog entry on wikipedia
  2. Blogging, RSS Feeds and Podcasting for Libraries, Sean Fitzgerald, 2005
  3. Video: Blogs in plain English by CommonCraft
  4. Video: RSS in Plain English by commoncraft
  5. Wordpress Blogs External

External worpress has a multi-user Wordpress based blogging/podcasting/vodcasting platform available for staff and students. The entry point is http://www.wordpress.com/ and is available on the internet.

Widgets
Some blogs access the Blubrry Powerpress which when installed enables blogs to used for a podcast or vodcast. This enables a full iTunes compliant rss feed available for subscription. All files can be uploaded and stored on the server, in this sense it works a s a media repository as well.