Welcome to the Wild World Web

Congratulations to everyone tonight for setting up a blog! You’re all journalists now, believe it or not. That’s all it took.I know I threw an incredible amount of information at all of you in a short period of time (and we had lots more we didn’t get to) and I promise that future weeks won’t be so intense. We’ll cover most of the content that I skipped tonight next week in class as we focus more on the craft of blogging.

For next week, you have a boatload to do:

1) Email me the link to your blog so I can start reading and can add you to the class blogroll so you can start reading each other. A reminder that each week’s blog posts are “due” by 10 p.m. on Tuesday the day before class to give me time to read them and choose some points for in-class discussion.

2) You’ll find in the column to the left, by the blogroll, the link to the class del.icio.us feed as well as some Georgetown resources. Make sure you start reading some blogs this week and start posting items—almost anything could be relevant on the del.icio.us feed, from news articles to YouTube videos to favorite podcasts. And don’t forget to to tag items with your name so you get credit for them. You can go either to the website to post or you can install the browser buttons. I recommend the latter and, as I said earlier night, I also recommend switching to Firefox as your browser if you don’t currently use it.

3) Read Scoble—he has some great background on the web and blogging. Skip the Doctorow reading for this week.

4) Get blogging! Read that post on blogging tips and the related articles that I posted in the del.icio.us feed and then take your new blog out for a spin and kick the tires a bit. I expect a lot of this is going to be difficult at first, so feel free to ask lots of questions via email or give a call. Next week we’ll spend a lot of the class on blogging tips, voice, tone, and what makes a good blog entry, and Scoble has tons of tips too. Also keep thinking back to Gillmor and the Cluetrain Manifesto, which along with the “Long Tail” (we’ll get to that soon) will be the three foundational texts of the class.

I promise that future weeks won’t include as much reading but we have to cover these important texts to establish the base on which to build the rest of the semester. As we used as a rallying cry on the Dean campaign, “To the blogs!”

(P.S. As you’re reading about blogs here and there over the coming week, think about what I purposefully did wrong in this entry that’s a blogging no-no. A bonus point next week to whomever can figure it out.)

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