Thing 1: Blogging

By Kate Theimer


Why are we starting with blogs?  Because as you go through each of these 23 Things, we will ask you to create an entry—on your own blog—about your experience. Web 2.0 is all about interactivity, so you’ll be able to try that out right from the beginning.


Blogs (shortened from “web logs”) are one of the easiest and most common ways for people and organizations to share information on the web. Blogs are Web documents (usually a unique Web site) created by software that allows material to be published on a Web site in the same manner as log—or diary—entries are written in a journal. When a new entry is published, it appears at the top of the Web page, moving older entries down, and eventually off, the site’s first page.


Blogging software was first introduced in the late 1990s, and in their earliest days blogs were primarily used by technology writers and other “early adopters.” At that time, “blogger” was sometimes used as a derogatory term and the information conveyed by blogs, particularly news information or political commentary, was often perceived to be unreliable. Today, blogs have gained widespread acceptance as a mainstream vehicle for Web communication, and are used by major corporations, publications, and writers.


There are two options available for creating a blog. You can use a service (usually free) that provides both online software and hosting, or you can install software on your own server (or server space you rent) and host the blog yourself. (For this program, you’ll be using one of the hosted services.)

The ease with which people can use these free services has led to the creation of millions of blogs—a very small percentage of which remain active for any substantial amount of time. Blogging is very easy to begin, but not so easy to continue. It takes a commitment to writing on a regular basis. While often a challenge to maintain, blogs are powerful tools for Web communication, and one of the simplest of Web 2.0 tools.


Note that when people leave comments on your posts, which are short and contain a link, the comments are sometimes classified as spam by the blog’s automatic spam filters. As you work through the Things, take a look now and then to see how your blog is handling any comments.



  1. Set up your own blog to use as a tool to track your progress on the “23 Things.” You can use either Blogger or Both of them are free and very easy to use.


Advanced Tasks

  1. As you work through the 23 Things, there will be many sites that allow you to add an image of yourself to your profile, including your blog. Don’t have a recent photo of yourself? want to be more anonymous? Try using an avatar instead.




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