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Defining Your Beat List your
top three topics in your beat For each one, get more specific and list three top sub-topics in that beat Extra credit: If you are already reading blogs, include three blogs that you enjoy reading about your topic and why.
Good RSS Habits • Set
up aside a small block of time to read your feeds everyday • Clean house often, RSS subscriptions tend to pile up • Don't feel like you have to read every post on every blog, use the quot;Mark Readquot; option
Do this first … •Check
out the blogrolls of blogs you are reading •Follow the links to other blogs from the blogs you are reading and add them to your reader •Follow the links to other blogs from people who comment on the blogs you are reading
• Who's the author? •
Is the blog updated often? • How long have they been blogging? • How many community affiliations? (Flickr, widgets, blogrools, badges, etc) • Are there lots of comments? • Is the writing good? Accurate? Authentic? • Is there content that you might incorporate into a blog post? • If you decide to add it to your reader, check the side bar (or blog roll) for other similar blogs
Before you start searching Keyword
Why? What do you want to know? RSS Reader Improve organization of How can I be efficient feeds reading blogs? How to organize my feeds? Create a spreadsheet or open a word document so you can take notes
How is this different Google
Search? •Fewer Results •Easily filter results to see what people are saying within last hour •You can subscribe via RSS
• Commenting is the life
blood of blogging and key to building a community • They’re a way to get more minds into the story. • They’re a way to annotate someone’s thoughts such that the ideas can take on another dimension.
Read someone's blog post and
start a conversation: Before you leave a comment, ask yourself: •What did they say well? •What did they miss? •Answer questions •What are other people saying •How does it apply to you •Look forward •Look backward •Ask what if?
ASSIGNMENT FOR NEXT TIME 1.
Set up a RSS reader if you don’t already use one 2. Add at least 5 blogs to your reader using the starter pack 3. Think about a strategy for organizing, adding, and pruning 4. Add at least 5 blogs by referral 5. Add at least 5 blogs by searching on Technorati or Google Blog Search 6. Add one or more Google Blog Searches to your feeds