If you are relatively new to the world of blogs you may find the following information useful:

What is a blog?

A blog (short for web log) is, at its most basic, a type of journal or diary in which the author (‘blogger’) writes (‘posts’ or ‘blogs’) about significant events or other information. Each entry in a blog is called a post. In addition to the information contained in these posts, blogs provide their readers with the opportunity to comment on posts and to engage in debate with the blogger. A much more detailed descrition of blogs and blogging is available from wikipedia.

How do I comment?

At the top of each post you will see the text ‘add a comment’. Clicking on this will take you to a page which contains the post you’ve just been reading and, below that, any comments which have already been made followed by a box into which you can type your own comment. This will then appear with all the other comments. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page you will see a comments box – why not try it out. Type a message into the box and press ‘say it!’. The comment will be emailed to me (Jennie Barnsley) as well as appearing on the blog itself and I will respond to any comments through the blog.

What are categories?

Categories are the main themes under which posts appear in this blog. They will usually relate to the main strands of activity undertaken by the CLTR, such as the Seminar Series, the twice-yearly Symposia, the annual Conference and the development of L&T Research-related resources. A full list of categories appears in a list on the right-hand side of the page. Clicking on a category from this list will present you with all the posts in that category. The categories to which a post has been allocated also appear at the top of the post.

What are tags?

Tags are additional pieces of information which indicate the content of the post. The post’s tags will appear at the top if the post. A list of all tags used appears further down on the right-hand side of the page in the form of a ‘tag cloud’. In this cloud, the more frequently-used a tag is, the larger the tag will appear. Clicking on a tag in the cloud will present you with all the posts whcih have been allocated that tag.

How can I find out more about blogging?
The best way to learn how a blog works is to read plenty of them or, better still, to have one of your own. There are a number of sites where you can sign up for a free blog, among them LiveJournal, WordPress and Blogger.
Once you’ve embarked life as a blogger, I recommend you follow Mike Nolan, in the Web Services blog, where he writes about a series of exercise called 31 Days to a Better Blog. His posts are most informative and full of useful tips to the just-beyong-novice blogger.

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