In his 2011 book, Joomla! 1.6: A User’s Guide – Building a Successful Joomla! Powered Website, Barrie North describes “what is a blog?” Here is my summary of his topic:
What IS a blog?
* communication medium: typically frequent brief posts about a particular subject
* unique communication style: honest first-person voice
frequent posting: daily? weekly?
* usually posts are brief, only introductory text is shown on the main page, along with a “read more link
* make regular posts to build a loyal readership that will have consistent expectations about your blog content
Carol’s comment: who has time to regularly read anyone’s blog? Even as much as I value Jacob Nielsen’s “Alert Box,” I only visit when I have time to read, and first I search through his recent topic lists to choose what to read. Or I read someone’s blog post when it turns up in Google search results.
Which platform? Barrie says pick one that’s extensible to other types of web pages. In 2011, when Barrie North published his book, WordPress was (probably?) not so extensible. Hence Joomla was the choice. Now (in 2015) WordPress has evolved into a more general website platform.
In his 2011 book, Joomla! 1.6: A User’s Guide – Building a Successful Joomla! Powered Website, Barrie North describes the features needed on a blog site. I looked at each feature to see how it was implemented on THIS site, my 2015 WordPress practice website.
Flexible layout: defined by your WordPress Theme – make yours stand out a little
— Theme Twenty Fifteen is active, I chose the customize tab to set colors, header image, and choose latest posts for my front page.
— From dashboard -> Posts
Automated publishing: instead of FTP, click a button
— yes, click the Update or Publish button to update or publish my post
Categories: split your post into categories that will make them easier to find
— From the right-hand side of editing a post, add a category for your blog post and assign your post to this category. I created a category “Blogging” and assigned my post to it.
— where do “Tags” fit in? I created a tag “Blogging” and assigned it to my post.
Search Engine Optimized URL’s: have a URL that includes keywords about your post
— I see that my post’s URL automatically ends with my post’s title words dash-separated
Comment systems: the number one way your site becomes “sticky”
— “Leave a Reply” is turned on by default
— why do I care about the commentor’s website?
— How to moderate comments? It looks like comments await moderation by default.
Syndication Feeds: Push your post onto other RSS readers, have your posts appear automatically on someone else’s website
— by default there’a an “Entries RSS” in my blog’s “META” menu. Clicking on it leads to a page “Subscribe to this feed using ‘Live Bookmarks.’ ” It created a link within my browser bookmarks. Looks nice: gives website title, subtitle, linked titles to each blog post, date of post and the post itself.
— actually, the bookmark turns into a folder of links to posts. I’d rather use the feed URL, which is http://wp.elizahost.com/feed/
Email notification: Notify a mailing list when you’ve added a post, for marketing purposes
Search: your blog archive will soon be bursting. Provide a search capability to help site visitors find your blog posts; note some people prefer to browse
— I see the search box is built in
TrackBacks are complex, but the bottom line is that you read a post, and you comment about it on your blog. You place the URL to the post in yours, and the blog picks up your post and leaves it as a comment in the other’s post.
Learning about TrackBacks: Barrie North writes: TrackBacks are complex, but the bottom line is that you read a post, and you comment about it on your blog. You place the URL to the post in yours, and the blog picks up your post and leaves it as a comment in the other’s post.
Let’s practice. I believe this blog post constitutes a comment about another’s blog post.
As written by Chris Daft at http://riversonicsolutions.com/blog.html:
Adam B. Levine points out that Uber is an analog of Napster. Centralized services become targets for legal challenges. Decentralized services “test a higher level of regulatory resistance.”
The specific blog post is here: http://riversonicsolutions.tumblr.com/post/123471804693/decentralizing-applications
I’d agree with this automatic commenting in another’s post, if the “other” could moderate such comments before they appeared.
Uneventful flight. Beautiful weather: high’s low 70’s, partly cloudy skies. Pontoon boat ride and lunch with Berni and Michael yesterday. Got photos on iPhone but laptop gets stuck uploading them. Learned some common plants in bloom now by visiting UW Arboretum briefly with June on bike ride and meeting a volunteer collecting seeds.