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Dispatches from Blogistan: A travel guide for the modern blogger

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  • Copyright 2006
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Adobe DRM)
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-48251-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-48251-8

The term "blog" wasn't coined until 1999 and yet by 2004, it had become Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year. Globally, the number of blogs is doubling every six months, with more than 50 million blogs online today. Here to offer a unique overview of the emerging phenomenon that even armchair observers will find curiosity-satisfying is Dispatches from Blogistan: A Travel Guide for the Modern Blogger.

Filled with practical, easy-to-implement advice for making blogging more enjoyable, useful, and profitable, this book covers everything from blogging and how it fits into the history of journalism to practical tips for planning and managing a blog, attracting and retaining an active readership. Written by noted technology journalist and interactive media veteran Suzanne Stefanac, the book features a fresh and succinct approach; quotes and commentary from noted and celebrity bloggers (author/futurist Bruce Sterling, NPR commentator Farai Chideya, Craig Newmark of craigslist.com, and Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing editor and science fiction author, among others); an accompanying blog site (dispatchesfromblogistan.com); and more. Stefanac explores issues of trust, influence, privacy, discovery, and the power of collaborative discourse, making this is a blog book like no other!

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Table of Contents

a travel guide for the modern blogger
by Suzanne Stefanac

I.      learning from the past
         chapter 1. the urge to blog not new
         chapter 2. the printing press as cultural catalyst
         chapter 3. journalism evolves toward public discourse

II.      mapping the territory
         chapter 4. blogs as newsrooms
         chapter 5. blogs as linkfests
         chapter 6. blogs as diaries
         chapter 7. blogs as watchdogs
         chapter 8. blogs as marketplaces

 III.      optimizing for success
         chapter 9. packing your toolkit
         chapter 10. anatomy of a blog page
         chapter 11. promoting your blog
         chapter 12. writing that engages

IV.      making a difference
         chapter 13. copyright & the new commons
         chapter 14. free expression & censorship
         chapter 15. open source roots showing

V.      blogging the future
         chapter 16. bloggers consult their oracles

VI.      appendices
         blog glossary
         interviewee bios


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