Essential Blogging: Selecting and Using Weblog Tools

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Cory Doctorow
"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Aug 28, 2002 - Computers - 244 pages
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Anyone can run a blog (an online journal). From personal diaries to political commentary and technology observations, bloggers are making their voices heard around the world. Essential Blogging helps you select the right blogging software for your needs and show how to get your blog up and running. You'll learn the ingredients of a successful blog, and then get detailed installation, configuration and operation instructions for the leading blogging software: Blogger, Radio Userland, Movable Type, and Blosxom. After showing you how to acquire, set-up, and run these leading software packages, Essential Blogging takes you through the more advanced features, so that by the time you finish, you'll be up and blogging with the best of them. Essential Blogging covers:
  • the important components of a blog and a blog post
  • installing and configuring the tools
  • a survey of desktop blogging clients
  • advice and experience from real-world bloggers
  • hosted blogging with Blogger and Blogger Pro
  • desktop blogging with Radio Userland
  • server blogging with Movable Type
  • posting, editing, and deleting blog entries
  • adding pictures to blog entries
  • syndicating your stories with RSS
  • consuming RSS feeds with Radio Userland
  • customizing the appearance of your blog with templates
  • managing and customizing archives of blog entries
  • adding comments to your blog
  • self-hosting your blog vs using a blog-hosting service
  • going under the hood with the Blosxom blogging system
Written by prominent bloggers and authors of blogging tools, Essential Blogging is a no-nonsense guide to the technology of blogging.
  

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User Review  - Murdocke23 - LibraryThing

Nice overview of blogging, but not much new information. Most of books goes through blogging tools, but likely now out of date with current versions (true for at least for Movable Type), doesn't even mention Word Press Read full review

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User Review  - name99 - LibraryThing

This was disappointing when I read it in 2004, and is surely even more so now. I wanted a guide to the good and bad features of different blogging software, not a tutorial on blogging is and why one might want to engage in it. This book did not supply such a guide. Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

Introduction to Blogging
1
Anatomy of a Blog
3
Anatomy of a Blog Post
10
Syndication
17
Blogging Tools
19
Desktop Clients
26
BlogScript
28
BlogApp
29
Uploading an Image
121
Syndication
122
The Future of Movable Type
125
Advanced Blogger
127
The Blogger Template
133
Template Customization
136
Customizing the Archive
140
Adding Comments
144

wbloggar
30
Slug
31
Radio UserLand
32
Hosted Blogging with Blogger
34
Requirements
35
Your Blog Quick Start
36
Basic Blogger Settings
40
Managing Your Posts
43
Archiving in Detail
47
Changing Your Account Profile
48
Basic Use of Templates
49
SelfHosting
52
Browser Shortcuts
57
Blogger Buzz
58
Group Blogs
59
Removing a Blogger Blog
61
Desktop Blogging with Radio UserLand
62
Installing Radio UserLand
63
Welcome to Radio
67
A Visual Tour of Using Radio
69
Routing or Commenting on Content
76
The Radio Menu
78
Setting Your Radio Preferences
79
Publishing Your Blog
82
Stories Instead of Posts
87
Adding Pictures to Your Posts
90
Source Editing Your Radio Entry
94
Server Blogging with Movable Type
96
Why Use a ServerBased Solution?
97
Installing Movable Type
99
Using Movable Type
110
Creating a New Entry
113
Comments
117
Adding a New Author
119
Incorporating Statistics
148
Automated Blogrolling
151
Adding Support for Syndication
153
Integrating Blogger into an External Application Environment
154
Exporting Blogger Data
155
Advanced Radio UserLand
157
Radio Techniques
158
Backing Up Your Radio
165
Themes Templates and Macros
166
Understanding How Radio Works
175
Important Radio URLs
178
Upstreaming
179
Online Resources for Advanced Users
180
Advanced Movable Type
181
Blog Configuration
186
Archiving Options
187
Using the XMLRPC API
194
Security Issues
195
Tips and Tricks
197
More Information
203
Minimalist Blogging with Blosxom
204
Downloading
205
Optional Configuration Directives
207
Viewing Your Blog
208
Editing and Deleting Entries
209
Creating Another Weblog
210
Syndicating with RSS
211
Aggregating RSS with Blagg
216
Running Blagg
219
ThirdParty Additions
222
Blogging Voices
223
Index
235
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Rael Dornfest is a Researcher at the O'Reilly & Associates focusing on technologies just beyond the pale. He assesses, experiments, programs, and writes for the O'Reilly network and O'Reilly publications. Dornfest is Program Chair of the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Chair of the RSS-DEV Working Group, and developer of Meerkat: An Open Wire Service. In his copious free time, he develops bits and bobs of Open Source software and maintains his raelity bytes Weblog.

Shelley Powers is an independent contractor, currently living in St. Louis, who specializes in technology architecture and software development. She's authored several computer books, including Developing ASP Components, Unix Power Tools 3rd edition, Essential Blogging, and Practical RDF. In addition, Shelley has also written several articles related primarily to web technology, many for O'Reilly. Shelley's web site network is at http://burningbird.net, and her weblog is Burningbird, at http://weblog.burningbird.net.

is a programmer and the co-creator of Movable Type. With Mena Grabowski Trott, he is a partner and co-founder of Six Apart. He develops all of the backend code for Movable Type, contributes regularly to CPAN (the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network), and has written for Perl.com. Benjamin likes cryptography and Serge Gainsbourg, and he dreams about universal wireless, so he can travel in France.

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