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Blogs and forums: more than another tool in the toolbox. Christian Battista, BSc. (Psyc). Site Admin, Food Safety Network Web Forums University of Guelph. So you wanna be a blogger….
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Blogs and forums: more than another tool in the toolboxChristian Battista, BSc. (Psyc).Site Admin, Food Safety Network Web ForumsUniversity of GuelphSo you wanna be a blogger…The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz. He broke the word weblog into the phrase "we blog" in the sidebar of his weblog in April or May of 1999. [1] "Blog" was accepted as a noun (weblog shortened) and as a verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog").What is it?A weblog (usually shortened to blog, but occasionally spelled web log or weblog) is a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles, most often in reverse chronological order. Early weblogs were simply manually updated components of common websites. However, the evolution of tools to facilitate the production and maintenance of web articles posted in said chronological fashion made the publishing process feasible to a much larger, less technical, population. This resulted in the distinct class of online publishing that produces blogs we recognize today.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlogWhere did it come from?The first broadly popular American blogs emerged in 2001: Andrew Sullivan's AndrewSullivan.com, Ron Gunzburger's Politics1.com, Taegan Goddard's Political Wire and Jerome Armstrong's MyDD—all blogging primarily on politics.MIT is studying them.Nature is covering them."The standard scientific paper is irreplaceable as a fixed, archivable document that defines a checkpoint in a body of work, but it's static, it's very limited," says Paul Myers, a biologist at the University of Minnesota, who blogs at Pharyngula."Put a description of your paper on a weblog, though, and something very different happens," says Myers. "People who are very far afield from your usual circle start thinking about the subject. They bring up interesting perspectives." By sharing ideas online, you get feedback and new research ideas, he says.How do I get one?No time?No money?No problem.How do I get one?If you have a website, you can have a blog or host a forum using open-source software like phpBB.Host your own or use free blog hosting services like Blogger or MySpace.Options for bloggingEasy - Get a free account from a service like BloggerA little harder - Host your own blog using free software.Hardest - Host your own forum (and deal with the spam that ensues) using free software like phpBB.The forum option…dlindleyJoined: 16 Dec 2005Posts: 2PostPosted: Dec 16, 2005 Post subject: What might be more helpful... ... than yet another tirade against raw milk is a balanced discussion of why e. coli was present in the milk in some of these cases. And, perhaps, what these farmers could have, should have done to prevent it, and still be able to distribute their product.Clearly, raw milk is not the only source of e. coli. Even this web site cites many e. coli cases arising from food processed by large producers in accordance with the law.And, might I suggest, you spend some time on a commercial dairy farm that supplies the "healthy" milk you advocate. The couple of commercial farms I've been at are so disgusting, so dirty that I am happy to get back to my own clean herd and unpasteurized milk.You’re never backed into a corner.Unlike a live or telephone conversation, you have up to a day to respond.Use the e-Huddle Postings and responses are written and archived for public viewing.If your database is well organized, users can search through archived postings by topic or keyword, or author.SQLSo…who are my users?How will they find me?Why Blog? Revisited…From DenverGov.org“Thank you for taking advantage of this Denver Online Service. By doing so, the cost of our providing this service to you was significantly reduced, compared to other traditional methods. We are committed to reducing the costs of delivering services and living within our means as a city government, to help make Denver a better place to live and work.”Mayor John Hickenlooperhttp://198.202.202.66/eh/search.asp?mode=get_insp&est_id=9199&dte=3/20/2006#Why Blog?Cheaper than traditional forms of communication.Reach out to anyone with an internet connection.If you don’t say it, someone else will (or already is).Google’s blogWhy Blog?One way of addressing sensitive issues.Ex: New regulations surrounding raw milk production and sale.Ex: New regulations surrounding church suppers.What else does blogging offer?When you’re not writing your own, you can be reading someone else’s.Blogging is…FastCheapEasyResponsiveQuestions?And visit blog.foodsafetynetwork.ca for tech support
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