Dispatches from Blogistan: A travel guide for the modern blogger

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New Riders, Sep 20, 2006 - Computers - 240 pages
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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 Su zanne 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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User Review  - JFBallenger - LibraryThing

As a basic guide to readers who are unfamiliar with the blogosphere this book is useful. It provides the uninitiated reader with a clear and lively discussion of what weblogs are, and what is ... Read full review

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User Review  - paul - Goodreads

This is a very good book for beginning bloggers and especially for the technically challenged. It covers a lot of the uses of blogs and the goes on to talk about how and where to set one up. One thing ... Read full review


1 Blogs Explode onto the Scene
2 A Brief History of Open Discourse
3 Blogs as Linkfests
4 Blogs as Diaries
5 Blogs as Clubhouses
6 Blogs as Newsrooms
7 Blogs as Soapboxes
9 Anatomy of a Blog Page
10 Writing That Engages
11 Promoting Your Blog
12 Keeping It Legal
13 Social Networks on the Rise
A Glossary of Terms
B Glossary of Acronyms

8 Packing Your Toolkit

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About the author (2006)

Suzanne Stefanac has written about technology and its social and business implications for more than fifteen years. Her work has been published in Wired, Macworld, Salon, PC World, Publish, New Media, San Francisco Chronicle, California Lawyer, and Rolling Stone, among others. She was the founding editor of Macworld Online; executive producer for The Site, an hour-long nightly MSNBC show about technology and it's implications; and co-founder/senior vice president for creative and production for RespondTV, an interactive television infrastructure company. More recently, she has provided strategic consulting and web development for General Wesley Clark's PAC; Quincy Jones' We Are the Future project; and Macarthur Fellow and American Book awardee Guillermo Gómez-Peña. She is currently Director of the American Film Institute's Digital Content Lab.

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