Collected Belonging: On Blogging by Stuart Maddocks

What are blogs and their structures:
As part of my second lab for my multimedia course at Red River College, I learned about blogs. This is second in series of posts about multimedia, how they shape our lives and how libraries use them for everyday use. Today, I am writing about blogs in my own blog. Writers have a unique way of communicating their thoughts and ideas through this medium. A blog is defined as a site which articles are posted and displayed in chronological order. They cover any topic and are not constrained by editorial process. Everyone from an average person to institutions can write their own blogs. I learned about the structure of a blog. Blogs contain: posts, permalinks to access points in the blog, keywords/search bar to help users find certain points in a article, basic information like author’s name plus date and time  and comments to allow readers and the author to converse with one another.

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I learned ways libraries use blogs. They use them in multiple ways: to promote events and services in their institution. Libraries can also advertise their building and book reviews their staff wrote. So how do they use blogs? Libraries exchange and gather up-to-date information about their services and books. Plus conversations ranging from scholarly talks to discussions with students.

History of blogs:
As former history student from the University of Manitoba, I was excited to learn about the evolution of news sharing and blogging. Here’s my reflections:

In the 20th century, the news was very professional and stories were tightly picked by editors. However, 21st century news has become personalized and professional too.  Websites are organized by blog posts with new ones on top of old posts.
Eventually becoming a collection and a discussion among readers and the author of the post. What matters according to the video is what we do with the blog that counts. Each blog reflects one’s perspective. Bloggers often, “read, quote and reflect one another.”

Everyday, seventy million blogs and news sources are created using simple website designs like: WordPress and Square space.

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Micro-blogging:
According to the Miriam Webster dictionary, “blogging done with severe space or size constraints typically by posting frequent brief messages about personal activities” http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microblogging.

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Blogging is a whole new experience for me despite my use of social media. I am a heavy user of Facebook and Instagram it helps me connect with the world. With Twitter and Facebook, it is possible to share bits of information no one ever sees outside public life. If you are new to blogging and social media, here are some the important tips: be yourself, know your audience and reach out to the world.

Libraries use social media and blogs in creative ways through different styles and formats from events, training, archival information, their hours and contact info. Libraries can also advertise their building and book reviews their staff wrote. So how do they use blogs? Libraries make their twitters appealing as possible to entice readers, exchange and gather up-to-date information about their services and books. Additionally, libraries host conversations ranging from scholarly talks to discussions with students.

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Library micro-blogs:

23 Great Library Blogs

Winnipeg Public Library Twitter

JFK Library Twitter

University of Southern California Library Twitter

Lab Activity Q&A:
Like the previous lab, I answered questions relating to blogging and micro-blogging:

  1. What new information did you gain from today’s lab on blogs and micro-blogging? 70 million blogs are created every single day; by millions of creators’ world wide. Blogs as a reflection of what the writer’s perspective is. Blogging can be used by an individual to government organization.
  1. Out of the blogs and Twitter feeds you looked at today, which one(s) did you prefer? Why? I prefer blogs. Blogs go more in depth of what libraries have to offer i.e. teaching patrons how to use a copy machine.
  2. In your own words, discuss the ways in which you think using a blog and/or Twitter in libraries could be useful to patrons. I think Twitter will be more useful for patrons. The ability to connect with readers/patrons of the library is easy and accessible. Together they can communicate with each other on the latest events, book/movie reviews and provide feedback.

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