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Over half (52%) of all blogs are developed and maintained by teensages 13-19.
(Source: Georgetown University , Gender, Identity and Language Use in Teenage Blogs, 2005)
White House Approves Pass for Blogger
Increasingly, bloggers are breaking into the realms of the mainstream news media. In March 2005, Garrett M. Graff, who writes for a blog about the news media in Washington, became the first blogger to obtain a White House press pass. Mr. Graff says he became a blogger because it is the newest trend in journalism.
Vote for your favourite blog
Since 2001, the annual Bloggies honour weblogs and blog writers in over 30 categories. Blogs are nominated and voted by the public. To view a list of the winners, go to the Web site : http://2005.bloggi.es/.
A fifth-grade class at Pinellas Park has a personal blog, helping parents stay informed about what their kids do at school. The teacher, Fred Roemer, has his class update the blog daily. According to Reimer blogs can help parents stay involved, teachers be more responsive and students develop a sense of community, all while enhancing classroom lessons.
Here's how to get the most out of your blog.
Protect your identity. Avoid including personal information or anything that can identify you. Strategies like using an online name rather than your real name, using an unidentifiable e-mail, and using an avatar instead of a photo can help protect your privacy.
Select a suitable blog host. When selecting a Web site to host your blog, look for one that hosts for people with similar tastes and sensibilities. This way you are within a community of people with similar interests. Check to s ee if the host site provides good support. There should be a FAQ section as well as an e-mail address that you can use if you have any questions or problems.
If you only want close friends and family to read your blog, find a site that offers password protection.
Be nice to people. Make sure your blog contains accurate and truthful information. Make sure you treat other people with respect and only write about people if you have their permission. Never disclose any personal information about your friends or family.
Think about it...
All the information you include as part of your blog could potentially be accessed by anyone - including your mother!
Be careful not to include any information that could potentially be embarrassing to you or your family and friends. You never know who will be reading your entries. Think of a blog as a personal journal or diary... that can be read by anyone, anywhere, anytime.
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