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TOOLS OF THE TRADE: The Growing World of Blogs and Weblogs

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  • David P. Dillard
    The language of blogs and weblogs may be foreign to many internet users who have not had the opportunity or needed to know about this emerging resource. There
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2002
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      The language of blogs and weblogs may be foreign to many internet users
      who have not had the opportunity or needed to know about this emerging
      resource. There is so much jargon out there and in so many different
      subject fields that one cannot keep up to date on the wide variety of more
      recently coined language. This concept has been around since the end of
      the most recent millenium.

      Blogs is a shortened slang for weblog or weblogs.

      Here are two examples of weblogs.

      Gary Price maintains a very important reference and information science
      weblog.
      <http://resourceshelf.blogspot.com/>

      Another example is run by the Poynter Organization and is called
      the Clergy Abuse Tracker.
      <http://www.poynter.org/clergyabuse/2002_09_22_archive.htm>

      More to the point and beyond learning by example, here is a web page that
      contains a definition of this type of website.

      A Defintion of Weblog from Whatis.com
      <http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci213547,00.html>

      A Weblog (which is sometimes written as "web log" or "weblog")
      is a Web site of personal or non-commercial origin that uses a dated
      log format that is updated on a daily or very frequent basis with new
      information about a particular subject or range of subjects.

      The complete definition, which is rather extensive may be read at the URL
      above.

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      An essay describing the early history of weblogs may be found here.

      weblogs: a history and perspective
      7 september 2000
      <http://www.rebeccablood.net/essays/weblog_history.html>

      A concise and compact definition of weblogs may be found here
      <http://www.clienthelpdesk.com/dictionary/weblog.html>

      I hope that these thoughts and resources will help you with this
      concept and resource type and perhaps persuade you in the days ahead to
      throw yet another log on the fire.


      Sincerely,
      David Dillard
      Temple University
      (215) 204 - 4584
      jwne@...
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