I took notes and looked up some resources for my previous post that didn’t get worked in because i didn’t want that to become a link dump.
Blogs help you to build your “ information community” with like-minded
individuals and organizations by cross-linking to their sites
If you enable visitors to leave comments to your entries, blogs allow you to
easily interact with the people who visit your site, enabling them to
participate in a discussion about what you do, thus encouraging their
participation or support for your activities.
You need at least one person in your organization who is
committed to updating the blog regularly with clear, interesting writing
and useful links. The material may be pre-existing, it may or may not be a
full-time job, but the blog will not succeed with out somebody’s
- Pick people who like to write. The benefit of a blog is its immediacy and its voice.
- Update your blog frequently. This keeps it more relevant and fresh in search results ratings.
- Be generous with links. Put links within your blog to your own sites and related sites.
- And simply, write good content. This is why your blog will be successful.
TS: What are the main challenges in the production of your weblog?
AC: Time. After a long day at work, sometimes you just don’t feel like talking. But if a blog is part of your mission and integrated into your work day, that becomes a lot easier. Even if that’s the case, though, you’ll still need to pace yourself; Too many bloggers start by posting 30 entries a day, then burn out after a few months. Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. Also, there’s the issue of quality control; as a personal blog, my site occasionally will have a slip of the keyboard, but most blog readers tolerate that. But higher quality is expected from blogs associated with organizations rather than individuals.
Graeme from Civiblog had a good quote from the same article:
TS: What are the benefits of your weblog?
G: Weblogs allow us to easily create and maintain an online community. The ability to allow anyone — regardless of technical knowledge — to share experience from the field is invaluable.
Beth Kanter also had some interviews on her blog about nonprofits blogging. I grabbed this quote from her post Carnet Williams: Nonprofit Technology, Blogging, Aggregating, & Surfing …
I don’t think we should too hung up on blogging itself… We need to realize that the digital age has created a ripe environment for quickly disseminating and absorbing information. We are becoming a multi-tasking and connected society. Most folks now demand news and information from more than just their local papers. Nonprofits need to take advantage of this change in personal engagement to the world, and make sure we have a place in that new window.
Regular readers of this blog will notice we took trackbacks off while ago largely because of the reasons listed in this Ant’s Eye View article. In short trackbacks were making an insane amount of spam and generating no useful comments.
** UPDATE 7/6/05 **
I forgot to add these links that i had been collecting on our Wiki.
Although this page is about academics blogging I think it has a number of relevent ideas for our new bloggers to consider.
* Note: It seems like typepad has some problems in their CSS right now so the content gets pushed way down the page. Scroll down it’s down there and worth reading. I pulled a choice quote to entice reluctant scrollers.
What changes for academics when they blog ? : This is the point: Academics are afraid more often than not of what could change the pace of their academic life. One professor in the room said that blogs were “disruptive for the Ivory Tower”. Great, that’s what we want! Another professor added that “the University has never been great at distributing knowledge”. That’s why they nicknamed it the Ivory Tower. Well, it doesn’t have to be so, especially in the so-called knowledge economy. Blogs are wonderful tools to expand the reach of knowledge. This would be an oxymoron not to take advantage of it.
More about Blogging as a teaching tool on Abject Learning
The WordPress documentation seems over nerded so I picked out the most relevent pages for our non-technical authors.