Your 2007 New Year’s Resolution: Start a Blog or Vlog!

2007 is THE YEAR OF THE BLOG. [& VLOGS!] That’s my prediction. Yeah, sure, there’s already a lot of bloggers, millions of them in fact…. but like the Internet did in 1998, Blogging and Vlogging in 2007 is going to come into the mainstream like never before. Everyone and their grandmothers will be blogging, thanks to the rapid development of blogging tools that have taken almost all of the puzzlement out of this new-fangled tech, and made it accessible to anyone with a keyboard and screen.

Yet, despite this wild blogging revolution, there are still very few **DEAF** Bloggers / Vloggers. So, to my readers who have not yet begun a Blog or Vlog of their own, I issue this challenge to make this your 2007 New Year’s Resolution:

“I’m going to Start a Blog or Vlog in 2007!”

To encourage you in this goal, I have listed the most popular books about blogging, including blogging in the classroom, at work, and on the road, plus books about Video Blogging. There’s even blogging books for specific niche markets such as realtors and sex kittens! Make 2007 the year you start your Blog or Vlog, and maybe by the end of 2007, you’ll be the King or Queen of deaf bloggers!

[Click on book cover images to buy that book] – / Ken @ Bibliomarket

For all of your video and audio blogging business and professional communication needs, this book is it!

The Hands-on Guide to Video Blogging and Podcasting provides tremendous value to those content publishers, big and small, that want to create syndicated video blog and podcast content. The simplified, plain talking break-down the authors bring to the book will give everyone the tools to plan, create, and execute a blog/podcast outlet.

This book explains these emerging media tools from a professional perspective. Quickly learn the technical aspects of video blogging and podcasting along with their business and financial ramifications.

*Step-by-step instructions to quickly launch a Podcast or video blog
*The basics of multimedia use in blogging and the most relevant text-blog technologies
*Podcast and video blog technology uses in business/corporate, education, customer communication, and entertainment contexts
*Concise, understandable breakdowns of all relevant videoblogging and Podcasting buzzwords, acronyms, and related multimedia technologies
*Coverage of tools, production techniques, new technologies, multimedia blog basics, monetization, and licensing
*Case studies that analyze successful for-profit and not-for-profit podcasts and video blogs

Weblogs are about reading and writing. Literacy is about reading and writing. Blogging equals literacy. How rarely does an aspect of how we live and work plug so perfectly into how we teach and learn? Reading this book will give teachers important clues not only in how to become a blogger and to make their students bloggers, but also how this new avenue of expression is revolutionizing the information environment that we live in.

Discover how to harness Web tools to motivate and update student reading, research, and communication!

This book brings teachers a bold vision and on-the-ground Monday morning practicality. It will move educators to think differently about technology’s potential for strengthening students’ critical thinking, writing, reflection, and interactive learning. Will Richardson demystifies words like “blog,” “wiki,” and “aggregator” making classroom technology an easily accessible component of classroom research, writing, and learning.

This guide demonstrates how Web tools can generate exciting new learning formats, and explains how to apply these tools in the classroom to engage all students in a new world of synchronous information feeds and interactive learning. With detailed, simple explanations, definitions and how-tos, critical information on Internet safety, and helpful links, this exciting book opens an immense toolbox, with specific teaching applications for

* Web logs, the most widely adopted tool of the read/write Web
* Wikis, a collaborative Webspace for sharing published content
* Rich Site Summary (RSS), feeding specific content into the classroom
* Aggregators, collecting content generated via the RSS feed
* Social bookmarking, archiving specific Web addresses
* Online photo galleries

This book makes it possible for anyone, no matter how inexperienced, to harness this amazing technology for the classroom today!

“The Rough Guide to Blogging” is the ultimate reference for all things Weblog. It takes you into the blogosphere, from blogging’s early history and where it is today, to the future of blogs and their social and cultural impact. This book will help you to discover the greatest blogs on the Web and to understand newsreaders and RSS. Whether you want to start your own blog or contribute to an existing one, this guide will teach you everything you’ll need to know. Chapters include: Creating a Blog, Blog Design, Advanced Blogging, Audio and Video, Podcasting, Blogging for Money, Corporate Blogging plus much, much more. Whether you’re an experienced blogger or just getting started, this is the right book for you.

So many blogs, so little time. Is it too late to start, now that the blogging craze has reached critical mass? Absolutely not!

Picture a focus group, a viral marketing campaign, and your own news station all rolled up into one. Now wrap that into a low-cost, easy-to-use, always-on Web site. That is what effective corporate blogging is.

At first, business blogging was ideal for free agents and entrepreneurs who needed a cheap way to get their message out. Now, the big guys are tapping the amazing power of a great blog. But the key word is great. A corporate blog that’s boring or deceptive is worse than none at all.

In this indispensable guide, online marketing consultant Debbie Weil explores all aspects of corporate blogging, answering important questions such as:
* How much time will it take?
* What about the legal risks?
* Who in my company should blog?
* What are the best corporate blogs out there?

In an informal, provocative style and without technical jargon, Weil explains how to create a blog that’s engaging, smart, and likely to grow an audience.

While personal blogs take up much of the blogosphere, blogs are quickly gaining popularity in business as an inexpensive and amazingly effective marketing tool. It’s time for a practical book about business blogging: this is the first book to demonstrate how businesses are blogging and how you can use blogging technology to converse with your customers to build your brand and sell your products.

Written from the business person/designer’s perspectives, this book shows how businesses can leverage current, real-world blogging techniques, tools, and platforms to promote and enhance their ventures. The key idea is that the conversation with your market is stronger and more meaningful with a blog. Filled with practical information and a how-to approach, this book provides case studies of companies as large as Boeing or General Motors and as small as Clip-’n-seal. Readers will learn about the types of business blogs, how companies use blogs, how to sell blogs to management and IT, effective blog design, content, and conversation, pitfalls to avoid, how to develop Web presence, and more.

Tired of filling up your blog with boring posts? Take the next step and get inspired to create something unique. Author Margaret Mason shows you the way with this fun collection of inspirational ideas for your blog. Nobody Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog is a unique idea-book for bloggers seeking fun, creative inspiration. Margaret gives writers the prompts they need to describe, imagine, investigate and generate clever posts. Sample ideas include:

* Writing a serial novel
* Conducting unnecessary experiments
* Creating your autobiography
* Public eavesdropping
* And much, much more

Libraries increasingly use blogs and RSS feeds to reach out to users, while librarians blog daily on a range of personal and professional topics. The way has been paved by the tech-savvy and resource-rich, but any library or librarian can successfully create and syndicate a blog today. In this readable book, author, Internet trainer, and blogger Michael P. Sauers, M.L.S., shows how blogging and RSS technology can be easily and effectively used in the context of a library community. Sauers showcases interesting and useful blogs, shares insights from librarian bloggers, and offers step-by-step instructions for creating, publishing, and syndicating a blog using free Web-based services, software, RSS feeds, and aggregators.

If you want to give yourself a Web presence without spending a lot of time or money, a blog is your answer and this is your guide. Blogs (Web logs) are short, diary-like entries on a Web site that has a chronological, journal format. Fun or informative, but not formal, blogs are easy to set up, maintain, and update. You can share your personal, stream-of-consciousness musings or your expertise on any subject ranging from your family vacation to world peace. This guide helps beginners (even technophobes) get started fast, with the essential info on:

* The elements of blogs, such as entries, sidebars, categories, comments, and index pages
* The different types of hosting services, from free to fee and from “turn key” services that are easy-to-use to DIY programs
* Details on two popular, free “social community” hosted Web services that are ideal for casual bloggers—MSN Spaces and Yahoo! 360
* The scoop on Blogger, a popular free hosted service that has some community tools like the social networks, but is basically blog-intensive
* DIY blogging, covering three of the most powerful and flexible blog programs—Movable Type, WordPress, and Radio Userland
* Hooking into RSS feeds to distribute your blog entries beyond your site
* Choosing a newsreader
* Ways to raise the visibility of your blog and make money from blogging

Complete with step-by-step instructions and lots of screen shots, this guide walks you through everything from setting up your blog and posting your first entry to adding photos, audio, and more. It includes the URLs of lots of sample sites to see to give you an idea of blog possibilities. In addition to the essential how-to, it fills you in on:

* The blogosphere, blog culture and etiquette, snarks, macrologues, and more
* Moblogs that let you post entries remotely using your portable computer, PDA, or cell phone
* Buying a domain through a registrar such as Network Solutions,, or Go Daddy
* MP3 blogs, vlogs (videoblogs), photoblogging, audioblogging, podcasting, and more

You know you have something to say, whether it’s heavy stuff or just your thought for the day. Make your opinions known. Get your photos shown. With Blogging For Dummies, you’ll soon be blogging with the best of ‘em.

The world seems to have gone blogwild. More and more personal blogs appear every day, and businesses large and small are realizing that blogging can be a dynamite sales, marketing, and communications tool. Blogs are cheap to set up and operate, and they can humanize a company’s image, start the buzz on a new product, and get instant customer feedback.

Do you have a blog? Does your business? It’s not too late to get started. Written by a well-known blogging expert and evangelist, Blogwild! walks would-be bloggers through the entire process and shows you just how easy it is to get up and running. More than just Blogging for Dummies, this humorous and indispensable book includes:
• a brief history of where blogs came from, where they are now, and where they’re going
• eight keys to a successful business blog
• everything you ever wanted to know about blog software
• the latest trends in multimedia blogging with audio and video
• five necessary elements of your blog’s persona
• and lots more!

With Blogwild! you’ll discover that wildly effective blogging is within the reach of every business.

As all these people become publishers – and even more become blog readers – the nature of the material being produced has moved into the realms of politics, professions and consumerism. For example, “Engadget” is one of the more popular blogs, a daily review of newfangled and exciting gadgets.

Blogs and Blogging in business are relatively new, so new that there simply are no rules. If there were rules, they would be changing and evolving too rapidly to codify. The best anyone can say is “here is some advice based on what is working today, combined with a good dollop of common sense.” As a result, this topic fits the What No One Ever Tells You series format perfectly!

Despite their “newness,” blogs have rapidly proven themselves in business. They serve several functions valiantly, including: communicating with customers, potential customers, and other stakeholders, as a research tool to help uncover what is being said about you, your company, your competitors, and your industry, and even as a type of broadcast medium as some are making significant money by monetizing blog traffic through advertising and other means. Instead of offering our advice on blogs and blogging in business, in this book we offer advice from 101 people who are successfully harnessing the power of blogging.

An Excerpt from Naked Conversations:

Bloggings’s Six Pillars: There are six key differences between blogging and any other communications channel. You can find any of them elsewhere. These are the Six Pillars of Blogging:

1.Publishable.Anyone can publish a blog.You can do it cheaply and post often. Each posting is instantly available worldwide.

2.Findable. Through search engines, people will find blogs by subject, by author, or both. The more you post, the more findable you become.

3.Social. The blogosphere is one big conversation. Interesting topical conversations move from site to site, linking to each other. Through blogs, people with shared interests build relationships unrestricted by geographic borders.

4.Viral. Information often spreads faster through blogs than via a newsservice. No form of viral marketing matches the speed and efficiency of a blog.

5.Syndicatable. By clicking on an icon, you can get free “home delivery” of RSS- enabled blogs into your e-mail software. RSS lets you know when a blog you subscribe to is updated, saving you search time. This process is considerably more efficient than the last- generation method of visiting one page of one web site at a time looking for changes.

6.Linkable. Because each blog can link to all others, every blogger has access to the tens of millions of people who visit the blogosphere every day.

You can find each of these elements elsewhere. None is, in itself, all that remarkable. But in final assembly, they are the benefits of the most powerful two-way Internet communications tool so far developed.

Blogging is one of the Internet’s fastest growing phenomena

Capitalizing on two of the largest trends in the country—blogging and earning money from home—this guide shows you how to set up a blog and use it to generate income from advertisers, promotions, affiliate links, and other sources. Millions of people are already publishing their activities, commentary, and advice online for the world to see. With this guide, you too can turn your hobby into a moneymaker. Interviews with established bloggers provide insider information on the best ways to attract visitors, hold reader interest, and handle promotion.

We have all heard that Americans are increasingly turning to blogs for news, information, and entertainment. But what is the content of blogs? Who writes them? What is the consequence of the population’s growing dependence on blogs for political information? What are the effects of blogging? Do readers trust blogs as credible sources of information?

This collection of all new essays will address these and related questions in seeking to increase our understanding of the role of blogs in the contemporary media landscape. The volume includes quantitative and qualitative studies of the blogosphere, its contents, its authors, and its networked connections. The readers of blogs are another focus of the collection: how are blog readers different from the rest of the population? What consequences do blogs have for the lives of everyday people? Finally, the book explores the ramifications of the blog phenomenon on the future of traditional media: television, newspapers, and radio.

Almost overnight, blogging has become a social, political, and business force to be reckoned with. Your fellow students, workers, and competitors are joining the blogosphere–and making money, influencing elections, getting hired, growing market share, and having fun–to the tune of 8,000 new bloggers a day.

Clear Blogging sets out to answer in nontechnical terms what blogging has to offer and why and how you should blog. If you’ve never read a blog, but you keep hearing that term on the news, Clear Blogging will show you why blogging has shaken up mainstream media, and how a blogger can end up on CNN. If you’re just starting to read blogs, Clear Blogging is your native guide to the blogosphere, covering how to get the best, most interesting information with the least amount of time and effort. The main course of Clear Blogging shows what you stand to gain from blogging, and how you can go from your first post to being welcomed aboard the blogosphere’s A-list.

Whether you’re already blogging or you’re considering it, you’ll want to get a copy of this book because it Covers how blogging can improve your job prospects, professional practice, business revenue, company reputation, and the world you live in
Includes over 50 interviews with successful bloggers who are influencing products, policy makers, potential employers, and millions of the general public–all while earning an online reputation and real profits
Shows you how to apply the best practices of news gathering to build your blog’s reputation and brand
Is heavy on the specific benefits of blogging and light on the technological aspects

Do you want to create a podcast, but aren’t sure where to begin? Are you already dabbling, but want to delve into the finer points? Podcast and Videocast Essential Training with Garrick Chow takes you through hardware and software requirements, planning a broadcast, recording, editing, and posting your files for download. He also explores videocasting software and hardware and basic broadcasting techniques, as well as valuable recording, editing, and publishing tips. Exercise files accompany the training videos, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.

Blogging appeals to every demographic that has access to a computer-if you know how to do it right. This one-stop resource shows readers how to publish their ideas, get feedback, and create their own worldwide networks!
# With this book readers will: Create buzz marketing for their business
# Get amateur poetry, short stories, and prose published
# Create a worldwide network of people
# Share unique hobby ideas with thousands of other hobbyists
With The Everything Blogging Book, readers will learn all that blogging can offer-and more!

Imagine having a great idea or opening a business and 30 million people show up. That’s the POWER of a blog!

Whether you want to build your brand, become an expert in your field or create a full-time business from home, Blogging for Beginners gives you everything you need to know to get wise, get started and get rich…

Learn how to:
Sell yourself into a job or career.
Market services and products online and offline.
Establish yourself as an expert in your field.
Decide on your dream job quickly.
Choose the best blogging software for your ambitions.
Rocket your blog to the top of the search engines.

Online career expert Margaret Stead reveals the tricks to successful blogging.

This easy to follow guide takes you step by step through the online process.
Entrepreneurs learn proven strategies for gaining the income you deserve.

Unleash the power of blogging in your real estate business

Are you blogging for your real estate business? Realty Blogging shows you how to fully utilize this powerful, direct-communication marketing tool, giving you all the know-how you need to capture the interest and business of local homeowners, buyers, and sellers.

Drawing upon their extensive experience in blogging, real estate, and online marketing, authors Richard Nacht and Paul Chaney reveal how to:

* Develop an effective Internet marketing strategy
* Generate leads consistently at almost no cost
* Define yourself as an expert in a particular area
* Serve your market niche
* Establish long-term relationships with your customers
* Create content that attracts major search engines
* Create buzz about your blog in the media

Plus, you receive a FREE blogging platform and instructional sessions to get you blogging right away!

Blogging, at least in principle, is far from new. It could be argued, as the authors do, that Thomas Paine was a proto-blogger whose blogging paraphernalia consisted of pamphlets instead of free software and an internet connection. In this dense and entertaining analysis of the “new paradigm for human communication,” journalists Kline and Burstein examine the notion that weblogs, or “blogs,” are redefining journalism and media consumption and conclude that, while blogging may not signal the death of big media, it has measurably impacted everything from political campaigns-as evidenced by Howard Dean’s presidential bid-to the life of former child star Wil Wheaton, who found his “second act” in a tell-all blog about the humiliations of show business. Soliciting the thoughts of well-known bloggers, such as Andrew Sullivan and Jeff Jarvis, the authors create a venerable blogosphere bible that navigates and interprets the cyber-verbosity informing the way journalists do their jobs, from fact finding to steering coverage. Using specific examples of blogger power, such as the release of an Iranian dissident from prison, and employing Q&A interviews with movers and shakers like Microsoft’s Robert Scoble to discuss blogs’ current and future marketplace utility, the authors offer a lot to consider about our information-saturated culture and what cream might rise to the top of it.

What if you could listen to millions of people–customers, employees, competitors, partners, even the media–as they candidly discuss your company, your products, and your advertising? And what if you were able to use this real, up-to-the-minute feedback to determine exactly what your customers want and how to improve your business exponentially? Sound too good to be true? Then you haven’t tapped into the power of the blog.

Today, 50 to 100 million bloggers are communicating on the Internet, expressing their thoughts on and experiences with products, and sharing industry information. With millions of voices being heard, this revolutionary medium is now a worldwide forum. No business can afford to be left out of the conversation.

In Blog Marketing, leading blogging consultant Jeremy Wright explains how and why companies of all types blog and reveals strategies for effectively interacting with customers. You’ll find out how authentic feedback from customers can lead to potential new marketing strategies, innovative new product ideas, and new concepts that will completely transform your business.

Get an exclusive look at some phenomenally successful companies currently taking advantage of blogs including Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Google, Disney, General Motors, and others, and find out how you can reap the rewards in your own organization.

Blog Marketing is filled with real-world examples of how blogging can

* Extend company branding
* Create positive experiences with your customers
* Provide real feedback on your company and its products
* Transform the way your company does business
* Simplify a variety of project management tasks
* Impact the bottom line

The business world is undergoing profound changes, redefining marketing, public relations, and customer communications. If you aren’t inviting this change into your own business–and keep in mind, your competitors are–then the writing is on the wall. No matter what your business, blogging is essential to your success, both now and in the future.

Revolutionize your business with the power of the blog

Today, tens of millions of bloggers are communicating on the Internet about companies, products, trends, and much more. Don’t miss out on the conversation! Blog Marketing explains how blogs are amazingly cost-effective tools for making business decisions based on actual customer feedback and market intelligence. So get on the blog wagon!

Find out how…

* GM runs new concepts by customers and invites feedback on their popular FastLane blog–one of today’s top 500 blogs
* The Disney Channel uses blogs to streamline internal communication and increase their engineering team’s efficiency
* Microsoft product development teams look for blog feedback before making significant changes to applications
* Boeing used blogs to gather customer feedback while developing the new 787 Dreamliner

“I can offer you no greater advice than to read and study this book as if your corporate life depends upon it. Because it does.” —From the foreword by Dave Taylor, publisher, The Intuitive Life Business Blog

Anyone can run a blog (an online journal). From personal diaries to political commentary and technology observations, bloggers are making their voices heard around the world. Essential Blogging helps you select the right blogging software for your needs and show how to get your blog up and running. You’ll learn the ingredients of a successful blog, and then get detailed installation, configuration and operation instructions for the leading blogging software: Blogger, Radio Userland, Movable Type, and Blosxom. After showing you how to acquire, set-up, and run these leading software packages, Essential Blogging takes you through the more advanced features, so that by the time you finish, you’ll be up and blogging with the best of them. Essential Blogging covers:

* the important components of a blog and a blog post
* installing and configuring the tools
* a survey of desktop blogging clients
* advice and experience from real-world bloggers
* hosted blogging with Blogger and Blogger Pro
* desktop blogging with Radio Userland
* server blogging with Movable Type
* posting, editing, and deleting blog entries
* adding pictures to blog entries
* syndicating your stories with RSS
* consuming RSS feeds with Radio Userland
* customizing the appearance of your blog with templates
* managing and customizing archives of blog entries
* adding comments to your blog
* self-hosting your blog vs using a blog-hosting service
* going under the hood with the Blosxom blogging system

Written by prominent bloggers and authors of blogging tools, Essential Blogging is a no-nonsense guide to the technology of blogging.

Blogging has moved rapidly from being a craze to become a core feature of the Internet–from individuals sharing their thoughts with the world via online diaries, through fans talking about their favorite sports teams or music, right up to serious business minds discussing industry futures.

And that includes you, right? If you haven’t got a blog already, you want to start one, and want to find out how. If you have already got one, you want to know how to customize it, and make it look cooler than everybody else’s. In either case, this is the ideal book for you.

In this book, a team of renowned web designers take you through the ins and outs of putting together great blogs. They waste no time harking on about the philosophy of blogs, or the community behind them. Instead, they get straight to the practical details, showing how to set up a basic blog in some of the world’s most popular blogging engines — Movable Type, ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Textpattern. With your blog set up, they then show you how to build great looking, usable layouts for your blog. The last chapter even shows you how to build your very own PHP/MySQL-based blog engine!

With this book in hand, you’ll have found your way to blog heaven in no time!

Summary of contents:

Chapter 1: The “Web Log”

Chapter 2: Creating a Local Test Environment for Your Blog

Chapter 3: Movable Type

Chapter 4: ExpressionEngine

Chapter 5: WordPress

Chapter 6: Textpattern

Chapter 7: Write Your Own Blog Engine

Want to make money from your creativity? Here’s how

If you’re a blogger or podcaster, an artist or musician, or someone who creates any other type of online content and dream of earning income from your creative efforts, you have endless options on the Internet. But to seize them, you must become part businessperson—a creative entrepreneur. If that thought intimidates you, you’re not alone.

JD Frazer has been there, and he shares with you everything you must know about syndication, advertising, branding, merchandising, copyright protection, ethical considerations, how to attract consumers, and more. If you want to earn a living from what you create, here’s what you need to do:

* Make wise decisions that protect your intellectual property and your interests
* Approach the subject of paying for content without alienating your audience
* Understand the realities of self-syndication
* Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of membership features on your Web site
* Learn how branding and merchandising apply to your art
* Be prepared for fame as well as anonymity, and the hazards of both
* Recognize the ethical balance that exists between creator and consumer
* Explore online resources that assist the creative entrepreneur

In this instant-communication world, buzz means business! And one of the greatest ways to get customers and potential customers buzzing about your business is with a Web log, commonly called a blog. Blogs can help you:

* Introduce the people behind your business
* Discuss relevant issues
* Provide a clearinghouse for information and expertise
* Show your business as a good corporate citizen
* Support an exchange of ideas
* Get honest feedback from your customers
* Affect public opinion

If you’re new to blogging, or if you know the mechanics of a blog but want some help refining and targeting yours, Buzz Marketing With Blogs For Dummies will get you going right away. An expert blogger shows you the ins and outs of putting together a professional-looking blog, walks you through the jargon, helps you decide what your blog should do, and even explains various software solutions. You’ll find out how to:

* Set up and maintain a blog, write in blogging style, and observe blogging etiquette
* Define your audience and target your blog to reach them
* Involve your customers, earn their trust, educate the public, and build community
* Avoid possible legal pitfalls while keeping your blog interesting
* Encourage contributions and links to your blog
* Use images and design an eye-catching format
* Optimize your blog for top search engine ratings, track your results, and measure your success

Written by Susannah Gardner, who has taught online journalism, directed multimedia efforts, and provided custom Web solutions to clients, Buzz Marketing With Blogs For Dummies even shares tips from the experts who establish and maintain some of the top-rated business blogs. You’ll discover the secrets of success, how to spot and solve problems, what software can enhance your blogging life, and a whole lot more. It like having a staff of experts on call!

Vietnam has often been called the “first television war.” In a similar way, the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan might be viewed as the “first Internet war.” That is, for the first time, Internet bloggers are having a significant impact in shaping the public perception of the planning and conduct of an ongoing war. Many of those bloggers are pundits or pseudopundits who have never been in harm’s way. But Burden, a veteran who has served with Special Operations and intelligence units, provides a glimpse into a new form of war literature, the military blog. Previously, war letters, diaries, and memoirs were published long after the actual experience of the writers. Burden, a blogger himself, has selected observations of ordinary men and women written and sent in real time as they endure the cauldron of war. Some of the writings are mundane, but there are also chilling descriptions of surviving a mortar attack and attempting to save the life of a severely wounded Iraqi. This collection is an excellent introduction to an emerging form of war reporting.

Businesses can’t afford to ignore this latest publishing phenomenon. Yet, as Flynn points out in Blog Rule 4, “It’s the casual, conversational, anything-goes nature of the blog that makes it both so appealing to blog writers and readers–and so potentially dangerous to business.” In neatly ordered chapters, with plenty of recaps and action plans (perfect for busy businesspeople to skim), Flynn helps readers decide first of all if blogging can benefit their business and, if so, how to do it in a way that’s safe for business. Although her suggestions–creating a blog management team, writing blog rules, and training relentlessly–will undoubtedly minimize businesses’ exposure to information leaks and litigation, they also run the risk of quashing the spontaneity essential to blogs’ success. Such a balancing act is probably inevitable, although businesses that weigh the risks too long risk getting left behind. Includes Q&As, sample blog policies, and plenty of best practices. Bloggers will squawk, but suits will study.

There are over 13 million people in the world currently blogging, but what about the blogs written by the iconic men and women who (unfortunately) died before the Internet was even invented? In this witty and original take on the most important technological development since spam, THE LOST BLOGS offers hundreds of blogs from the most famous minds in history, detailing their hysterically personal (and impersonal) revelations, such as John Lennons thoughts after meeting a young woman named Yoko Ono (and her strange interest in the Beatles publishing rights) Tips of the trade from Jesus Christ’s carpentry blog, including how to build a combination water and wine rack. Shakespeare’s treatment for a new play about two princes who misplace their horse and carriage and spend the entire play trying to locate it. How a stray hot dog nearly derailed Ghandis hunger strike. Jim Morrison’s original lyrics to Light My Fire (what does smell like a burning tire?) And the missing two cents from everyone else who matters, proving theres no such thing as too much information…

Whether you seek to showcase a professional portfolio or just want your family across the continent to see the pictures from the reunion, you can do it with a photo blog. Catherine Jamieson, whose award-winning blog, Utata, has a legion of fans, gives you all the tools you need in this richly illustrated, full-color guide. She translates Web lingo, walks you through setting up your blog, and provides professional tips on composing, shooting, and editing your photos. Jamieson even helps jumpstart your creativity with 100 photo ideas to get you shooting.

Catherine gets you started blogging in Movable Type

Covers the tools you need to get up and running
* Understand your style and decide on the purpose of your photo blog
* Evaluate Web hosting options
* Design your blog using the Movable Type publishing platform and professionally created, customizable templates
* Learn to shoot, edit, and select photos that work best on the Web
* Create a site to publish projects for your group or organization
* Promote your blog, network with other photo bloggers, and syndicate content
* Improve your photographic skills with professional tricks and techniques, whether you take pictures for a living or just for fun
* Explore and learn from some of the Web’s top-rated photo blogs

A complete guide to every aspect of creating a variety of different websites using Drupal. A trove of well-considered and practical information is presented in a logical and intuitive manner so that you can either build up your site step by step by reading from cover to cover or, alternatively, focus on your specific needs by diving into each chapter as required.

This book has been written against the latest release v4.7.

Drupal is one of the most popular content management systems on the internet. Based on PHP/MySQL, its power and flexibility combined with its exceptional design mean it is already on the way to becoming the de facto standard for CMS Websites. Drupal’s modular design and structured source code make it both highly flexible and easily extended and modified. Drupal is extremely scalable, making it ideal for both a simple personal website as well as an industrial strength commercial or institutional web presence.

Drupal is a model open source project in that it has a large, friendly community of people who contribute to the project in various ways. Drupal is not only free and easy to use, but this community provides on going mutual support.

This book will suit anyone who has a need to create a content rich website. Whether you are:

– Adding a personal web page
– Building a forum
– Writing a collaborative book
– Retailing goods
– Creating a blog
– Launching a community Website

Drupal’s power means choosing an initial pathway can be daunting. The flexibility and power of its content management features mean the right approach needs to be taken. This book takes you from initial set up through site design and creation in a series of carefully structured steps. While there are a few advanced topics that are beyond the scope of the book, all of the core stages of creating a website using Drupal are covered in detail.

Chapter 1 introduces you to the world of Drupal and looks at where Drupal comes from, where its going and what it can offer you. Because it is important to understand the nature of the tasks which lie ahead, it also discusses how to plan and build your website, taking a sneak preview of the book’s demo Website in the process. Finally, we scrutinize the Drupal community and learn how to make the most of Drupal as an organized, living entity and not just a piece of software.

Chapter 2 deals with how to get everything you need up and running on a development machine and also briefly looks at how all the requisite technologies gel together to produce your working Drupal site. Once everything is up and running, and after looking over some of the more common installation problems, the chapter presents a short tour of Drupal in order to give you an idea of what to expect.

Chapter 3 looks at the most general settings which all Drupal administrators need to contend with. Everything from determining your site’s name to dealing with the cache or file system settings gets treated here before we look at more focused and complex issues in the chapters to come.

Chapter 4 sees us adding functionality to the newly created site. The focus of this chapter is really on modules and how they can be added and enabled, or even how to obtain modules that are not part of the standard distribution. Since blocks are often required to display the functionality provided by modules, this chapter ends off with a discussion on how to control blocks.

Chapter 5 concerns itself with the topic of access control. Drupal has a sophisticated role based access control system, which is fundamentally important for controlling how users access your site. This chapter will give you the information you need to implement whatever access controls you require.

Chapter 6 gets to the heart of the matter by beginning the book’s coverage on content. Working with content, what content types are available, administering content and even a discourse on some of the more common content related modules serve as a basis for moving to more advanced content related matters that follow in the next chapter.

Chapter 7 gives you the edge when it comes to creating engaging and dynamic content. While this chapter doesn’t require you to be an expert in HTML, PHP and CSS it does introduce you to the basics and shows how, with a little knowledge, extremely powerful and professional content can be created. That’s only half the story, because later on it looks at categorization and how this particular feature of Drupal sets it apart from everything else out there.

Chapter 8 gives you a run down of how attractive interfaces are created in Drupal through the use of themes. As well as discussing briefly some of the considerations that must be taken into account when planning your website, it ends off by looking at how to make important modifications to your chosen theme.

Chapter 9 really adds the icing on the cake by looking at a host of more advanced topics. From creating flexible content types and generating revenue from ads, all the way through to building dynamic content using Ajax, you will find something to enhance your website and add that something special.

Chapter 10 takes a pragmatic look at the type of tasks you will need to be proficient in in order to successfully run and maintain a Drupal site. Whether its setting up cron jobs or making backups of your database, everything you need to do throughout the course of running your newly created website will be covered here.

Appendix A deals with the all important topic of deployment. Because all major work should be done on a copy of your Website on a development machine, this appendix presents a sound process for taking the finished product and making it available for public consumption on your host site.

Twenty-two writers from around the world share their stories of love, loss and self-deprecating humor in this first volume of The Very Best Weblog Writing Ever. This ain’t your momma’s weblog book.

Rarely does a communication revolution result in a marketplace transformation. The New Media Revolution is one of those extraordinary events. “There is a powerful and profitable pattern unfolding rapidly in business. In this masterpiece, Secrets of Online Persuasion, Deborah and John-Paul Micek take you on an incredible business-building journey from blogging to Podcasting and beyond. What they reveal about the New Media Marketplace will forever change your business… and make it more profitable! Everyone in business, politics or advocacy should read this book cover to cover.” -Stephen Pierce, Business Optimization Strategist, Founder of Thinkubator, Ann Arbor

More Than 77 Internet And Persuasion Secrets Exposed! If you want to market better, sell more, and boost your influence in today’s rapidly changing, online marketplace, this is your textbook. -What the New Media Revolution is and how you can profit from it as it transforms the face of advertising and marketing forever -How to trigger powerful, word-of-mouth BUZZ with innovative New Media campaigns -Why your business blog (not mass marketing) must be at the center of your marketing strategy using New Media tools -Discover where your target audience is hanging out and captivate their attention with your persuasive message -Six key tools you must have when launching your own successful New Media Marketing Strategy -Online persuasion strategies that draw hundreds and thousands of highly qualified fans to your business, non-profit organization or political campaign

“Just four days after following your advice, both CNN Money and The Wall Street Journal called me for an interview on the same day! Traffic to my website has since exploded, and I have so much business that I’m constantly referring clients to other consultants around the world!”

Blog Schmog takes a look at the blogging phenomenon and its impact on politics, writing, marketing, public relations, publishing, journalism, and all other forms of communication. Written from a skeptic’s point of view, Robert Bly holds blogging up to close scrutiny, giving practical, easy-to-use tips that can help you master blogging and its application.

This book cuts through the hype surrounding blogging, enabling you to get a true and accurate picture of blogging’s potential as well as its limitations. Inside you’ll discover how the blogosphere operates along with real-world advice from blogging experts on how to write an effective, reader-oriented blog.

Personal Web sites are opening up a whole new world. The daily revelations of ordinary people are creating a new generation of “reality” diaries for the twenty-first century, and they make compelling reading. Collected and edited by Maxim Jakubowski, here is the first major anthology of illuminating insights into the lives and often-outrageous experiences of sex bloggers. Included are candid accounts of their most private lives by ordinary and extraordinary people, straight from the hottest blogs on the Internet. You can find out about the daily thoughts and adventures of a stripper, a Web cam girl, a prostitute, a dominatrix, a couple of swingers, a pair of newlyweds, a porn store clerk, a nymphomaniac executive, male and female submissives and their counterpart masters and mistresses, and many others. These are real people who enjoy writing about their sex lives, their relationships, and their fantasies with complete honesty-in fact, they are the new “Web celebs.”

You probably have your favorite blogs to visit each day, but there are countless other blogs that you could never find on your own and that could potentially be added to the top of your favorites! Blogosphere: Best of Blogs is a collection of the blogs you’ve heard about and the ones still waiting to be discovered. Organized into sections based on interests and moods, you’ll find a listing of the best blogs out there, along with the reasons why they’ve made the list. Complete with searching tips and strategies, Blogosphere will help you find the greatest voices in the blogging universe.


One thought on “Your 2007 New Year’s Resolution: Start a Blog or Vlog!

  1. Ken,

    This post about starting your own blog is too plain and too brief. You should try to expand it–make it longer and add more graphics, like images of book covers and things.

    I feel like a need more information than what you have given us.


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