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BlogBib: Blogging Tools

Part 4 of BlogBib, An Annotated Bibliography on Weblogs and Blogging, with a Focus on Library/Librarian Blogs...

I'm Susan Herzog, Information Literacy Librarian @ Eastern Connecticut State University. This blog is part of my BlogBib, submitted to The Reference Librarian.

Part 1: Definitions & History
Part 2: Articles & Interviews About Blogs
Part 3: BlogBib: Blogging @Your Library
Part 5: BlogBib: Select Librarian/Library Blogs
Part 6: BlogBib: Books on Blogging
Part 7: BlogBib: Studies on Blogging
Part 8: BlogBib: Presentations on Blogging

Baker, Loren. “Blog Search Engines.” The Search Engine Journal, 10/7/2004.

Baker, director of search marketing at WebAdvantage.net and editor of The Search Engine Journal, outlines blog search engines.

___. “IceRocket Adds Blog Search to New Features.” The Search Engine Journal, 10/7/2004.

Baker profiles IceRocket’s Blog Search and interviews Blake Rhodes, CEO of IceRocket.

Bates, Mary Ellen. "Blogs: My New Addiction." Online (September/October 2003): 64.

Mary Ellen Bates, writer, speaker and information broker, suggests tools for creating, finding and indexing blogs.

Bauer, Elise. "An Overview of the Weblog Tools Market." elise.com On the Job (August 6, 2004).

Bauer, who advises technology companies on their business and marketing strategies, provides a comprehensive examination of the myriad blogging tools on the market.

Blogdex. MIT Media Laboratory.

Blogdex is a research project of the MIT Media Laboratory tracking the diffusion of information through the weblog community. Ideas can have very similar properties to a disease, spreading through the population like wildfire. The goal of Blogdex is to explore what it is about information, people, and their relationships that allows for this contagious media.”

Blog Style Manual. June 30, 2004. Georgia State University Library.

“This is a set of suggested best practices for bloggers in a ‘multiblog’ environment, to encourage uniformity among the blogs. Uniformity improves usability. This was written for the bloggers at Georgia State University Library, but you're free to usurp these recommendations for your own organization.”

Bradley, Phil. "Search Engines: Weblog Search Engines." Ariadne, no. 36 (July 30, 2003).

Bradley, UK Information Specialist and Internet Consultant, writes a monthly column for the CILIP Update magazine and a quarterly column on search engines for Ariadne. In this column, he provides an overview of blogging and pointers and tools to search for blogs.

Denton, Nick and Meg Hourihan. “Kinja.”

Kinja is a new tool to blog your favorite blogs from Hourihan (Pyra, Blogger) and Denton http://nickdenton.org, “Kinja's president, backer of a collection of weblog media projects, including Gawker and Gizmodo, niche online magazines dedicated to Manhattan gossip and high-tech gadgets respectively. Previously, he founded First Tuesday and Moreover Technologies…Kinja is a weblog portal, collecting news and commentary from some of the best sites on the web. Visitors can browse items on topics, everything from food to sex. Or they can create a convenient personal digest, to track their favorite writers. Weblogs are much talked about, but still challenging to navigate for the average web user. Kinja is designed to bring weblog writers to a broader audience, by making it easier to explore topics, posts and writers. Kinja is not aimed at early adopters. Users wanting to analyze patterns of meme propagation, and other sophisticated data, should try the excellent Technorati.


  • keep up with favorite authors, and friends who blog
  • discover new weblogs
  • save time: scan excerpts before clicking through
  • legible excerpts, rather than a list of headlines, or a garbled search result
  • no knowledge of RSS or syndication standards required
  • no reader application to download, accessible from any computer
  • favorites page easily shared with friends and colleagues

Kinja began as a project, at the beginning of 2003, to investigate ways to improve the navigation of weblogs. The operation was incorporated as Kinja in October 2003. The portal launched in April 2004.”

Feldman, Michael. “What exactly is a blog posting?” http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/dowbrigade/2004/11/07#a4124.

Feldman, aka the Dowbrigade, a Boston University Senior Lecturer teaching mostly foreign law and business students, wrote a taxonomy of blog posts.

Fichter, Darlene. "Finding Blogs, Blog Posts, RSS Feeds and RSS Entries." http://library.usask.ca/~fichter/weblog/.

An up-to-date, comprehensive, annotated list of tools.

___. "Finding Library Weblogs.” http://library.usask.ca/~fichter/weblog/library_weblogs.html.

Tools to find library weblogs, librarian weblogs, and library-related collaborative weblogs.

Gallagher, David F. “Blog-Bleary? Try (What Else?) a Blog.” New York Times, April 1, 2004: G.3.

Gallagher, a New York-based writer on technology issues, profiles Kinja, the tool to blog blogs.

Hiler, John. “The Microcontent News Blogging Software Roundup.” Microcontent News (July 22, 2002).

Hiler, co-founder of WebCrimson, which makes blogging software, helped build Xanga.com, one of the largest weblog community sites. While somewhat dated, this article is a comprehensive overview of blogging software. The Weblog Software Family Tree alone is worth a look.

Li, Charlene. “Blogging policy examples.” http://forrester.typepad.com/charleneli/2004/11/blogging_policy.html.

Li, principal analyst, Devices, Media, & Marketing team, Forrester Research, provides some food for thought on blogging policy. Pulled from Forrester's new research report, Blogging: Bubble Or Big Deal: When And How Businesses Should Use Blogs http://www.forrester.com/Research/
, don’t be put off by the corporate reference. One of her examples comes from Harvard Law School plus her “Sample Blogger Code Of Ethics” relates to any type of blogger. Particularly interesting are the links to responses from other bloggers.

Pikas, Christina K. "Trends in Blog Searching." b/ITe 21, no. 2 (March-April 2004.) http://www.sla.org/division/dite/bite/MarApr2004/TrendInBlog.pdf.

Pikas, Technical Librarian, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, provides tips on two types of blog searching: “information from within blogs/across blogs or addresses of feeds from blogs so that you may subscribe in your aggregator.”

Pilgrim, Mark. Dive Into Accessibility.

Pilgrim updates “30 days to a more accessible weblog.”

Price, Gary. “A Conversation With Dan Chan, Daypop's Founder and Sole Proprietor.” May 13, 2003.
Part 1: http://www.resourceshelf.com/archives/2003_05_01_resourcesh

Part 2: http://www.resourceshelf.com/archives/2003_07_01_resourcesh

Price, librarian, information research consultant, and writer, interviews Dan Chan, “the person who created and currently runs Daypop, a specialized web engine devoted to weblog and news material.”

Scott, Peter. “The Weblogs Compendium.”

The Compendium is owned and operated by Peter Scott, Internet and blogging pioneer. Scott is Internet Projects Manager, University of Saskatchewan Library, Saskatoon, SK, Canada and owns the Internet company PScontent.com. He is the creator of HYTELNET (1991), the first electronic browser for Internet resources. The Compendium includes annotated lists of blogging software, tools, directories and innumerable blogging resources.

Sherman, Chris. “Managing the Firehose of Real-Time Information.” SearchEngineWatch, November 17, 2004.

Sherman, Associate Editor, SearchEngineWatch, writes about PubSub, which “combines the real-time benefits of feed aggregation with the retrospective query capabilities offered by web and blog search engines…. PubSub monitors nearly 6.5 million information sources, including more than 3.5 million ‘active sources’ (those that both exist and have regular updates). These sources include weblogs, SEC Edgar filings, Newsgroup postings, press releases and airport delays. The company says that from this mix it extracts more than 2 million new items per day, including over 1.2 million blog postings.”

Stone, Biz. “Blogging around the world.” Blogger. November 15, 2004. http://www.google.com/googleblog/2004/11/blogging-around-world.html.

"The Blogger team has begun the process of internationalizing our service. While the posting interface and some other pages throughout Blogger are not yet translated, they soon will be. Meanwhile, right now native speakers of French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Korean will see an increasingly familiar version of Blogger in their own languages when they sign in."

Finding Librarian/Library Blogs


Libdex is a worldwide directory of library homepages, web-based OPACs, Friends of the Library pages, and library e-commerce affiliate links, created and edited by Peter Scott. Scott, Internet and blogging pioneer, is Internet Projects Manager, University of Saskatchewan Library, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, and owns the Internet company PScontent.com. He is the creator of HYTELNET (1991), the first electronic browser for Internet resources.

Reference: Libraries: Library and Information Science: Weblogs. http://dmoz.org/Reference/Libraries/Library_and_Information_

An annotated list from The Open Directory Project; listing 332 (as of November 2004).

Part 1: BlogBib: Definitions & History

Part 5: BlogBib: Select Librarian/Library Blogs

Resources to recommend? Broken links? Please E-mail Susan.