Clues on how to make websites. And blogs too.
Understanding and Reading a Blog: a reader's (visitor's) guide.
The Cluetrain Manifesto
The end of business as usual. It is an essay, written collaboratively, with a central argument that consumers are empowered by the interactive web to make smarter purchase decisions, or something like that...
Dan Gillmor's The End of Objectivity (currently version 0.91 as of this writing)
Dan Gillmor tries to make a more honest alternative to the traditional journalistic credo of "objectivity," they are 1)thoroughness, 2)accuracy, 3)fairness and 4)transparency. The basis of his reasoning (more or less) is that no person can ever be truly "objective" eg. neutral and acceptable to all sides of an argument (It makes a lot of sense to me). It is especially evidenced by the various political blogs. What a blogger (read:journalist) can do without sacrificing personal beliefs and integrity is to try to be thorough, accurate, fair, and transparent in grounding his/her argument; as opposed to watering down his/her argument for the sake of political correctnes, taboo, or whatnots.
Rebecca Blood's essays
Rebecca's pocket is one of the first public weblogs, along with JOHO, and some others (I think). Rebecca has gone so far as to become a frequent speaker in several international blogging and web design seminars and simposium. She has even written a book.
Wikipedia on Weblogs
A very comprehensive description of blogs and blogging is included in this article. It also lists other content management systems (which is basically what a blogging system is) which are not limited to making blogs (unlike the ones below). Tools like Zope, Plone, etc.
The CSS Zen Garden
Mark Pilgrim's guide to markup.
Creator of HTTP and WWW; NOT the Internet
the World Wide Web consortium: Leading the Web to Its Full Potential
the Web Design Group
an excellent resource! easy to digest resource for begginer HTML coders
Other blogging tools
Aside from BlogDrive, of
course :) This list is definitely not exhaustive.
"The Spot for your Blog." Also known as BlogSpot. One
of the original freeware web-based blogging tools, along with Xanga, Pitas, and some other ones that I
haven't even bothered to find. Blogger was the more succesful of
them, originally managed by Pyra Labs until sold to Google. Pyra
was eventually acquired by Google, too. Blogger is also the most
popular free blogging tool (by the number of blogs, based on some
survey or other I read somewhere)
One highlight of this tool is that it allows for "friends only" posts, meaning you can mark some of your entry as readable only by some specific group of other LiveJournal users which you have classified as 'friends.' Of course you can also make your LiveJournal public too.
If I'm ever gonna pay for blogging services, I guess Typepad will get my money. Unless I wanna rent a domain name and server space while I'm at it, in which case I'd go with either one of the next two.
Movable Type, and Wordpress
These are the big two of the do-it-yourself blog tools. They are basically a collection of php and perl scripts which you install onto your own server. You're gonna have to at least get a basic acquaintance with the term LAMP, though arguably you only need to have a basic understanding of HTTP and FTP, along with basic knowledge of PHP and Perl. In either case MT and WP does not provide 'push button publishing' like the other tools listed above, but in turn offer total controll of your blogs.
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