Essential blogging

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O'Reilly, 2002 - Computers - 244 pages
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 Most of books goes through blogging tools, but likely now out of date with current versions (true for at least for Movable Type), doesn't even mention Word Press Read full review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


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Hosted Blogging with Blogger
Desktop Blogging with Radio UserLand

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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, and her weblog is Burningbird, at

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 Benjamin likes cryptography and Serge Gainsbourg, and he dreams about universal wireless, so he can travel in France.