Some of you have already tried hyperlinking to articles online – here’s how to do it quickly and easily when you are writing a post:

  • highlight the text that you want to use as the link
  • click on the icon that looks like a chain – a box will pop up
  • enter the www of the site/article/etc you are trying to link to in the LinkURL space and click Insert
  • the text should now be purple or underlined and have an web address attached to it

You should now be able to link to each others’ blog posts as well as everything else available online.  Good luck.

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A blogroll is simply a list of blogs that you read.  As you all send me your blog info, I’ll be linking to you in my blogroll – you will see it just to the right of this post.  You can access each others’ blogs by clicking on them from this blog or you can look for them under the Class Blogging tab of our netvibes site.

You can also link to each others’ blogs – just look under the Links section on the left hand side of your dashboard.

Have a look at some of the established Anthropology blogs that are out there – you’ll find them under the Anth Blogs tab.  There are a huge variety, so find a few that spark your interest and look to them for inspiration.

Since blogging is going to make up an important part of this course, we should start with the basics and get a better understanding of what you will be involved in during the semester.

Here are a couple of definitions of blogs:

From Wikipedia:

A blog (a contraction of the term weblog) is a website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

From Jill Walker Rettberg’s book Blogging:

…blogs are easy to define formally, and … share similarities in layout and contain many of the same elements.  The most obvious is the basic unit of the post, but there are many others, such as the timestamps, the post titles, the blogroll, the ‘about’ page and so on (p19).

The personal tone [in] blogs is one of the characteristics often said to define blogs (p21).

A few more titbits about blogs and blogging:

Technorati, a website that tracks developments in the world of blogging, recently found that:

  • it has recorded 133 million blogs since 2002
  • the average blogger has been blogging for three years
  • collectively, bloggers post 900,000 blog posts each day
  • blogs can be found in 81 languages

And if you want to read a philosophical piece on blogging try Andrew Sullivan’s in The Atlantic.