Sunday, June 29, 2008

Blog U: Getting Active Online - Blogging

Getting Active Online (Part 3)

In an increasingly wired culture, you probably find yourself spending more and more time online – for work, for fun, for shopping, and more. Wouldn’t it be great if you could effortlessly transform some of that time into powerful activism? These simple steps listed below will help you to become an activist on the internet – the easy way.

Enter the BLOGOSPHERE.


New media technologies are allowing individuals who would not be able to have a voice in mainstream, traditional media venues to share their thoughts and opinions with a larger public. Weblogs, or blogs, are one example of DIY internet publishing that has created an alternate sphere of reporting and social commentary – and they are becoming increasingly accepted and popular as primary news venues. To be heard in the blogosphere, all you need is an internet connection and a little know-how.

Step 1: Find blogs on topics that you find interesting and that report news that is relevant to your pursuits.

Resources for finding blogs:
-BlogHer lists blogs by topical categories written by and for women on a wide variety of topics.
-BlogCarnival.com lists blog carnivals that provide round-ups of the best blog writing on the web on specific topics.

A Blog What?: A blog carnival is “a type of blog event. It is similar to a magazine, in that it is dedicated to a particular topic, and is published on a regular schedule, often weekly or monthly. Each edition of a blog carnival is in the form of a blog article that contains permalinks links to other blog articles on the particular topic” (Wikipedia.com). Blog carnivals are great if you do not have a lot of time to read blog articles daily, but would like to read a current summary of what is being written on a specific topic in the blogging world.

Step 2: Automate information delivery by signing up for email alerts and RSS feeds from the websites and blogs you most frequently visit.

Popular RSS Feeds:
-Bloglines
-Google Reader

Step 3: Share your opinion on blogs by commenting on blog posts.

Step 4: Submit your own blog articles to blogs for publication as a guest poster or columnist.

Some Places to Get Started Guest Posting:
-A Blog Without a Bicyle
-Girl with Pen (Right here!)
-Huffington Post

Guest Post How-To: Deborah Siegel at Girl with Pen offers great tips on how to write a blog post.

Collect Clips: Are you an aspiring journalist? The blogosphere is a great place to amass your first clips to build your writing portfolio.

Step 5: Start your own blog.

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