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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

"Already 30 bloggers around the world and especially from Sri Lanka and India post around the clock on Tsunamihelp. It provides news and useful information to the families of the casualties and anybody trying to help.”

The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami

Slammed by Tidal Wave, But I'm OK

Disaster Relief
Greg Hughes is right:

'This is the right time to stop what you normally do, get out of your little digital world that you assume is all-defining and all-encompassing (it’s not, really) and come back to reality...Very real people are experiencing very real pain, and you can do your part to help them recover.’

Until the end of the month, everything I earn from TopStyle and FeedDemon will be donated to the International Red Cross to help those affected by
this disaster."

Update: Looking for a way to help?

The Command Post has a list of ways to donate.”

Help for Victims of Asian Earthquake

“THERE ARE TIMES when we have to share our blessings without counting. No doubt many of us around the world have been watching with growing horror as the death count from the devastating earthquake and tsunami waves in Asia climbs toward 20,000. Even if it feels inadequate in the light of such devastation here are a few (mostly U.S. based) organizations through which you can help.”

'Blogs' Provide First-Person, On-the-Scene Accounts of Tsunami Chaos

New York Times: Blogs Provide Raw Details From Scene of the Disaster
December 28, 2004

Where is Raed? (Salam Pax, the Baghdad Blogger)

TIME Person of the Year 2004: 10 Things We Learned About Blogs

“Radio had its golden age in the 1930s. In the 1950s, it was television's turn. Historians may well date the golden age of the blog from 2004—when Merriam-Webster.com's most searched-for definition was blog. How long can it last? Who knows? Here's what we discovered about the new medium this year….

Anyone Can Do It
Blogs wouldn't be such a democratic medium if they weren't so easy to set up. The most popular service, Blogger, owned by Google, boasts features like push-button photoblogging. Microsoft has launched a trial version of its own blogging service.”

Power Line: Blog of the Year

"As noted below, Time Magazine has named us 'Blog of the Year' in the issue which hits the newsstands tomorrow. (The Man of the Year, of course, is President Bush.)"

Feature from PC Magazine: People of the Year

Evan Williams, Meg Hourihan, and Paul Bausch

Six Apart Ltd.
Mena G. Trott and Ben Trott

"Blogs—short for weblogs, or online diaries—have been around for more than a decade. But this year, the blog found a new role as an accredited member of the fourth estate. Select bloggers were allowed the same access as traditional journalists at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, among them Patrick Belton at Oxblog.com and Jeralyn Merritt at http://www.talkleft.com/, powered by blog tools Blogger and Movable Type, respectively.

Technorati, a blog-tracking service, keeps tabs on over 3 million weblogs in what has come to be known as the blogosphere. According to Technorati, a new weblog is created every 5.8 seconds, or about 15,000 new blogs a day. There are blogs out there for everyone, and the audience is growing: A February 2004 study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project says about 11 percent, or about 50 million, of Internet users are regular blog readers.

The top sites for creating and hosting your own blog—Blogger and Six Apart—each boast more than 1 million registered users. Blogger was created in August of 1999 by Evan Williams, Meg Hourihan, and Paul Bausch, who all then worked at Pyra Labs in San Francisco. After surviving the Internet bust, Blogger was purchased by Google in 2003 and continues to flourish today. Blogger helps you create your blog and will host it, or you can host it on your own Web site.
Husband and wife Ben and Mena G. Trott founded Six Apart Ltd. in 2002. Based in San Mateo, California, Six Apart makes Movable Type, a weblog publishing application that installs on your Web server, and TypePad, a hosted weblogging service. With the huge popularity and growing importance of the blog this year, it is fitting that we award the founders of Blogger and Six Apart our People of the Year 2004.”

Bloggers, Citizen Media and Rather's Fall -- Little People Rise Up in 2004

By Mark Glaser
“2004 -- the year bloggers made a difference, while hyperlocal citizen journalism made inroads. Our annual poll of colleagues, with Top 5 lists and predictions for '05.”

NCSA's What's New page from back in June 1993 is credited as being one of the earliest blogs

In the library sphere, Jenny Levine's Librarians' Site du Jour is considered the original library blog

Susan's Blogs

An Annotated Bibliography on Weblogs and Blogging with a Focus on Library/Librarian Blogs


Let a Million Videos Bloom Online

"The grassroots movement to post visual blogs makes astonishing viewing, and vlogs' rising audiences may give them an increasing impact.

Following in the footsteps of text blogs, video blogs are starting to take off on the Internet. This new form of grassroots digital media is being shepherded along by groups of film makers and video buffs who started pooling publishing tips and linking to each other in earnest this year."