Giving a blog – The Whys, Wheres and Hows of Successful Multi User Blogging

This is part of a larger, ongoing series which examines how – in 2005 / 2006 – you can give people blogs. Visit the contents page to see the lot or grab the feed to keep up with new stuff!

Following on from the review of different multi user blogging tools I’m keen for this section to examine the ways in which different multi-user blogging platforms work. The plan is that this will provoke discussion and inform people who are giving blogs through multi user tools and it’s broken down into several different parts.

First up it’s going to consider exactly why you might want become a ‘blog provider’ and the implications that this has on what you do and how you do it. For example, how the commercial interests of Xanga differ from March of Dimes’ Share and how this impacts on what they provide and where they’re going.

Then, I’m going to run over the ways in which these blogging platforms work, from invite only sites like WordPress.com to the classic quick and easy ones like Blogger to the social networking of LiveJournal. This part is going to try to give a good overview of how and why these blogging providers do what they do and how it might affect you as a blog provider yourself.

Finally, to sum this up I’m going to examine the ways in which these blogging sites go about achieving their goals. I’m going to look at effective advertising, community creation, public service, educational uses and more to put forward some suggestions as to how you might learn from what these companies and individuals are doing.

With any luck after I’ve finished this section you’ll be well on your way to selecting a tool and getting down to business with a project, at least that’s the plan 😉

  • Posted on: November 16th, 2005
  • Category: Archives
  1. AndrewNo Gravatar said on November 17th, 2005 at 2:58 am

    Sounds like an interesting project. I’ll stay tuned.


  2. CliveNo Gravatar said on November 21st, 2005 at 7:20 pm

    all of the material here looks interesting. thank you

    guess for short cut…I’m looking at setting up a better way of building a “Parents and Friends Association’ community in my daughters pre-school. Right now its typical newsletter stuff either printed form or downloadable monthly. i think a blog would be a whole lot better. Trying to make an informed decision before i move down the typepad of blogspot route. eg should i have a registration process.

    any quick recommendations?

  3. JamesNo Gravatar said on November 21st, 2005 at 7:24 pm

    Yep, get an edublog (it’s education isn’t it?) Free so better than typepad and not full of crap so better than blogspot :) http://edublogs.org

    If you want to add users you have to sign them up for edublogs too but that’s no biggie… you’ll be better off getting it driven by one person with parents etc. commenting

  4. CliveNo Gravatar said on November 22nd, 2005 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for that. Looks good. I’ve imported a newsletter to give myself a feel for the categories. Will continue for a week or so before opening it up for comment from other team members.

    There seems to be some kind of website available to NSW schools provided by myinternet i think. looks very old fashioned and clunky. You know anything about that. ? Comparedto a nicely considered weblog it looks poor.

  5. JamesNo Gravatar said on November 23rd, 2005 at 8:43 am

    Yeh… I’d agree with that! In fact you can say that about most educational ‘products’… our time will come 😉 Thanks for the interest

  6. www.petersheim.de said on January 12th, 2006 at 5:14 am

    LMS schön und gut, aber wo bleiben die Lernenden?

    Kritische Töne zu Learning Management Systemen sind in letzter Zeit öfter zu lesen, so z.B. von George Siemens, der Lernende in Untergrund gehen sieht, wenn sie zu einengenden Techniksystemen ausgesetzt sind.