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Reading and Commenting
The Art and Science of Blogging
Building your blogsphere radar
Blog Planning Questions
Session 1 Reading and Commenting
Reading and Commenting
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Understand why reading/commenting important to success
How to use RSS Reader
How to find blogs to read
How to comment thoughtfully on blogs
Blogs or weblogs or web pages that are frequently updated – the author shares their thoughts and people can comment.
Blogs are social media, they are conversational
Social media means that anyone can publish
There is no longer a gatekeeper
Anyone can write a blog on a very narrow topic and find an audience, although a small one. ("The Long Tail")
Amazing growth of blogs over the past 3 or 4 years continues
Trust factor in social media
Blogging as a way to build the community, increase traffic, spread brand awareness, and learn what's on the minds of the audience
Defining Your Beat
Each person on the blogging team should have a clearly defined “beat” that they will cover.
1. List your top three topics in your beat
2. For each one, get more specific and list three top sub-topics in that beat
3. Extra credit: If you are already reading blogs, include three blogs that you enjoy reading about your topic and why.
The Beats Are Very Fluid
Expect your beat to be fluid. New blogs will flow through your beat and lead you to others. Some may be very active, while others may become inactive.
How To Read Blogs: RSS Reader
What is it?
RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” and is a file format for delivering regularly updated information over the web.
Just think about the websites and news information sources you visit. It takes time to visit those sites and find the text you want to read. RSS is a way for you to visit all those sites in one place and instantly find the new information. You need to use a free piece of web software called a RSS reader. Bloglines is one reader I'm going to show you how to use.
Any blog reader will do, of course. The best blog reader for those new to RSS readers is bloglines. Bloglines uses a folder and hierarchical structure that is comfortable to many beginner bloggers (who are not 17). If participants are already using a reader, they can continue to use what they are already comfortable using.
How to set up bloglines
How to add the subscribe bookmarklet to their browser
How to subscribe to a blog
How to organize and reorganize folders
RSS Reader - Bloglines
Step-by-Step Instructions for Bloglines
to Using Bloglines
YouTube Video Showing how to Add Feeds
A few RSS Readers:
What is the best way for you to organize your feeds for reading and blogging?
Organize by Work Flow or Value
Sink or Swim: Managing RSS Feeds With Better Groups
Organizing Feeds Yet Again
12 Filtering Tips for Better Information in Half the Time: RSS and Bookmarks
RSS Feeds Productivity Tips
A Gentle Intro into RSS
Good RSS Reading Habits
Set up aside a small block of time to read your feeds everyday
Clean house often, RSS subscriptions tend to pile up
Don't feel like you have to read every post on every blog, use the "Mark Read" option
How To Find Blogs To Read
Do this first ...
Check out the blogrolls of blogs you are reading and add good ones to your reader
Follow the links to other blogs from the blogs you are reading and add good ones to your reader
Follow the links to other blogs from people who comment on the blogs you are reading and add good ones to your reader
Which ones to add to your reader?
Who's the author?
Is the blog updated often?
How long have they been blogging?
How many community affiliations? (Flickr, widgets, blogrools, badges, etc)
Are there lots of comments?
Is the writing good? Accurate? Authentic?
Is there content that you might incorporate into a blog post?
If you decide to add it to your reader, check the side bar (or blog roll) for other similar blogs
Searching for blogs to read
Before your search, do a little brainstorming. You can use a spreadsheet, Google Doc, or paper. Whatever works.
What do you want to know?
Be more efficient in reading feeds
What is the best way or organize my feeds?
Search on Google Blog Search
1. Type in key words (
example for above)
2. Scan results, filter by publishing date
3. Click through to blogs and evaluate
4. Add blogs that might be useful to your beat to your reader
5. Add RSS feed of the search to your reader (last 12 hours)
Search on Technorati
Here's what to do
Scroll down and type in your key words one by one into the Blog Directory Search
Sort by authority, sort by freshness
No blogs turn up? Or only low authority?
Try exact phrase in keyword
Commenting on Blogs
Commenting is the life blood of blogging and key to building a community
They’re a way to get more minds into the story.
They’re a way to annotate someone’s thoughts such that the ideas can take on another dimension.
They're a way to establish authority in your content niche
How to have a conversation
Read someone's blog post and start a conversation:
Before you leave a comment, ask yourself:
What did they say well?
What did they miss?
What are other people saying
How does it apply to you
Ask what if?
How To Add Blogging Conversations
by Darren Rowse
How To Become An Authority in Your Content Niche
by Dosh Dosh
How to Comment Like King or Queen
by Coolcat Teacher Blog
Strategic Blog Commenting A Screencast
by Amy Gahran
Strategic Blog Commenting
: Blog Post by Amy Gahran
by Alan Levine
Power of Comments
by Chris Brogan
help on how to format text
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