Definition


Blogs offer a more flexible and social way of posting news updates, with automatic RSS feeds and the ability for readers to comment directly. Most blogging software also allows you to incorporate other things on the page, such as links lists and widgets, and has archiving, labelling and searching facilities built in.

Examples:



Blogger and Wordpress are less social than LiveJournal, which makes more of a feature of the links between members, but for news blogs they do offer more functionality on the page.

Masud has produced a useful comparative chart for Blogger and Wordpress on his 23 Things blog.

How can libraries use blogs?


Replacing static news pages, and encouraging responses and feedback via comments.

Subject-specific blogs, keeping users up-to-date with new resources, as well as opportunites for user education with focuses on particular databases etc.

Further information

Blogger:
Wordpress: