Saturday, March 22, 2008

Blogging: An Alternative for Family & Society Newsletters

DearREADERS,
The following is the outline from the presentation Ol' Myrt gave twice at the Brigham Young University Computered Genealogy Conference a week ago. During each session, we set up 2 blogs, created a post, then looked at some of the settings and layout options provided by Blogger.com.

Blog author posts
RSS Distributes
VIEW with a “feed reader”


WHY BLOG?
  • Rising cost of paper & printing.
  • No need for mailing committee.
  • Save the cost of bulk mail permit and postage.
  • Unlimited length.
  • Bold, italics, variety of fonts & pictures not allowed in RootsWeb mailing lists.
  • Permanent archive.
  • Google Search makes info available to everyone, not just current members, thereby encouraging future collaboration.

HOW TO BLOG
We’ll use the example of Blogger.com to create blog entries.

  • Post from any computer, using the Blogger.com screen instead of software installed on a specific computer.
  • Multiple choices of design & layout.
  • Add hyperlinks and graphics to a post before publishing.
  • Save in draft mode.
  • Add permanent links and ads on the side bar.
  • Google searchable within 10 minutes of posting.

SUBSCRIBING TO A BLOG

  • What is RSS?
  • Feedblitz
  • iGoogle
  • Outlook 2007

WHY NOT JUST READ IT ON THE WEB?
Items are delivered to your blog reader, so you don't have to hunt all over the internet to see what's new.

TYPES OF BLOGS
  • Diary blog
  • Family blog
  • Research blog
  • Professional blog
  • Historical society blog
  • Genealogy society blog
  • Friends of the library blog

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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