What is a weblog?
- a personal content management system
- a tool to foster and grow collaboration
- an easy way for individuals (and groups) to publish content without technical knowledge or experience
- conventional weblogs are hybrids of online journals and magazines - from one person's (or a small group's) perspective
How does it differ from discussion boards?
- Blogs may have longer posts, with more media. (for instance, raw preliminary data from my MSc thesis)
- Discussion boards are usually without a unifying direction - low signal:noise ratio
- Weblogs typically have a specific direction or focus (an individual's perspective and experience), and others are welcome to participate - high signal:noise ratio
- Weblogs form rich, deeply linked networks between trusted sources (individuals and groups)
- How changed my life for the better (Harold Jarche)
- Commonplace Book (Steve Johnson: The glass box and the commonplace book)
- The Virtues of Blogging as Scholarly Activity - article by Martin Weller
- Students as creators and producers
What good is a weblog?
- outboard brain D'Arcy Norman's weblog
- collaborative and peer review - Giulia Forsythe
- project communication
- communities of practice Anthropology community resources
- conference sharing
Some example weblogs
- Course "motherblog" sites
- Academics' blogs
- Individual Weblogs
- Campus Weblog Services
- Corporate Weblogs
Where can I get my own weblog?
- ucalgaryblogs.ca - any member of the University of Calgary community can weblog here (free)
- WordPress.com - free weblogs for anyone (free)
- EduBlogs.org - anyone, anywhere can weblog here (free)
- blogger.com - anyone, anywhere can weblog here (free)
- typepad.com - anyone, anywhere can weblog here (for a fee)